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Forum topic by LoyalAppleGeek posted 03-28-2016 09:37 PM 740 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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LoyalAppleGeek

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03-28-2016 09:37 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw rip fence align alignment scale indicator

Hi LumberJocks!

Basically, the scale indicator on my table saw can’t adjust enough. I line my fence up at 6”, and make sure the indicator matches. It doesn’t, so I go to adjust it and, it’s maxed out. I was thinking I could just cut some of the side off to allow it to move more, but I’d really rather not do that to a new table saw LOL. Any suggestions?

Thanks for the help!


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shipwright

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#1 posted 03-28-2016 11:02 PM

Try turning the plastic piece over. Maybe the hole is just off centre. Otherwise hit the plastic bit with a sander. Looks like all you need is ~ 1/32” to 1/16”.
There are usually more places than one to adjust. ... like where the rail bolts to the top. Are there elongated holes?

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#2 posted 03-28-2016 11:19 PM

Yep, looks like a simple fix, either flip it over or take some off the left side of it.

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#3 posted 03-28-2016 11:29 PM

My vote is to check if the rails can be adjusted, as already mentioned

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LoyalAppleGeek

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#4 posted 03-29-2016 12:02 AM

This saw has a sliding bed extension, so the rails aren’t adjustable. So I sanded the sides with 220 grit, re-rounded them (quite nicely if I do say so myself) and whola! It’s right on.

Thanks guys, the only idea that came into my head was scroll saw, and it wasn’t a good one :-)

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#5 posted 03-29-2016 04:55 PM

FWIW, i never use the scale on my TSs. Shopnotes, or possibly, woodsmith or Wood magazines recommend using the same tape measure when working on a project. it eliminates any possible errors caused by differences arising when using two different measuring devices.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#6 posted 03-29-2016 05:03 PM

While I don’t disagree with their advise, I set the scale on the TS with the tape measure I always use during projects. I checked it at 3 or 4 settings that ranged from 1 or 2 inches to almost max of the rails.

On my old saw, I never used the fence scale because the fence did not lock accurately to it. I always measured blade to fence at front and back using same tooth by rotating blade.


FWIW, i never use the scale on my TSs. Shopnotes, or possibly, woodsmith or Wood magazines recommend using the same tape measure when working on a project. it eliminates any possible errors caused by differences arising when using two different measuring devices.

- toolie


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MadMark

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#7 posted 03-29-2016 05:38 PM

Incra

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#8 posted 03-29-2016 06:02 PM

Biesemeyer.
If I need to crosscut 6” from a wider board, I learned to move the fence to 5.1/5” mark, then tap on the side of the fence gently to move it to 6” and then lock the clamp .this is the way I saw an old timer set his fence and it works for me as well.
BTW, good job on sanding that clear plastic.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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rick1955

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#9 posted 03-30-2016 06:08 PM

That pic shows it slightly off still. The correct term is voila.

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Kristian_S

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#10 posted 03-30-2016 07:44 PM

I had a similar issue when fitting an aftermarket fence. The red line was a sticker which I removed, I then scored the plastic piece on both sides with a utility knife and used a sharpie to make the scored line visible. Having 3 lines to line up (top and bottom of plastic piece plus the graduations on the tape measure) helped reduce parallax errors.

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LoyalAppleGeek

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#11 posted 08-02-2016 02:35 AM

It’s been a bit since I’ve checked this thread, thank you all for the helpful comments! Surprisingly, this saw is quite accurate, and my eye happens to be perfect so I never make mistakes aligning it ;-) I use a fine laser cut ruler for sensitive adjustments, but +- 1/32” isn’t really a big deal to me.

The apparent misalignment is the shadow of the red line, not the mark on the fence :)

Noted, I’ve set my iPad to correct the spelling of viola :)

Tapping isn’t really practical on a double locking fence, at least not this one, but I’ll keep that in mind for when I upgrade to a SawStop.

My highly sophisticated arsenal of measuring devices seem to match very well, so again, no trouble there as of yet.

Thanks again!

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#12 posted 08-02-2016 11:51 AM

Cello,

Viola LMAO… sorry don’t mean to be a Bass, but couldn’t resist

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#13 posted 08-02-2016 12:48 PM



Incra
Not necessary.

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#14 posted 08-02-2016 08:03 PM

I had the same problem.
I used the dremel and made the slot longer. Problem solved!

-- Chem, Central California

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