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Don

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02-12-2007 05:42 AM

Do any LumberJocks use this tool. I’m going to be in Canada soon, and thought that I might purchase one of these.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/


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David

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#1 posted 02-12-2007 05:47 AM

Don – I checked out the website. Looks like a high quality unit. I do not have one of these and I am looking forward to one of your excellent reviews!

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#2 posted 02-12-2007 06:08 AM

Don,
I’m a Po’ Boy. I align my table saw with one of these

If and when I get my next fancy tool, it’s gonna be a Delta mortise Machine

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Dr_Unix

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#3 posted 02-12-2007 05:03 PM

It seems to me that you could accomplish the same sort of alignment using just a dial indicator with a magnetic base. A set up like Kelly Mehler uses in his table saw book .

I don’t know what this tool can do, but I bet a plain dial indicator would be much more versatile in the shop.

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Don

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#4 posted 02-12-2007 10:07 PM

Quote Obi: ”I align my table saw with one of these (T-Bevel Sliding Square).”

Great Obi, and if saw blade is our of square – give it a whack with a hammer. LOL

Quote Dr. Unix: ”I don’t know what this tool can do, but I bet a plain dial indicator would be much more versatile in the shop.”

Here’s what the manufacturer claims about versatility.

Broad Application

  • Table saw: Virtually all adjustments including: o Blade heel (alignment to the miter slots) o Fence alignment (to the miter slots) o Fence squareness o Miter gauge squareness and angles o Blade squareness and tilt angles o Blade height o Level of insert o Level of extension wings and tables o Sliding table alignment o Splitter alignment
  • Band saw: o Table squareness o Table angles o Fence alignment
  • Jointer: o Fence squareness/angles o Knife/cutterhead alignment o Outfeed table adjustment o Infeed table adjustment
  • Shaper/Router table o Cutter height o Fence offset o Fence Alignment
  • Drill Press o Square spindle to the table
  • Radial Arm Saw. Virtually all adjustments. o RS-Aligner accessory required.
  • Stationary Disc-Belt sander o Table Squareness and angles
  • Miter Saw o Blade squareness and angles o Fence squareness and angles

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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Dr_Unix

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#5 posted 02-13-2007 12:17 AM

Looks like it can do everything a gage and base can do…except for measuring flang runout on the arbor. However, I doubt that this is a problem area on any more that 1 in a thousand table saws.

I guess I’m just “frugal” and skeptical of gadgets. Probably because my garage is full of them. :-)

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Don

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#6 posted 02-13-2007 12:36 AM

Yes, you are probably right. I have been know to purchase a few gadgets in my day. Wouldn’t like to purchase a mortising jig would you?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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#7 posted 02-13-2007 03:05 AM

Don,

You and I both have admitted to being a sucker in the past – for a number of these devices.

I learned one thing. Even if the product they are selling works exactly as they say (I have no doubt the product you’re looking at would do this) it still for me has or had limited use and value over time for the investment. That is, not to mention -that there are so many variables that can affect the individual performance of that product.

Case in point – and my experience – has been- if you have a blade and you can’t predict the expansion and contraction or reaction it will have – because of the species of wood and sharpness of the blade, heat and other factors – just to mention few things – in addition to several other variables – you still won’t gain anything – because the cut occurs after the set up.

Even if your have perfect set up – what’s the point? My experience has been – in woodworking there is a more forgiving tolerance level.

I just hope your not investing in another boat anchor. I have several left over if you feel like you need a few more. You’re welcome to help yourself to them.

Dusty

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oscorner

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#8 posted 02-13-2007 02:45 PM

I hate to admit this, but I bought a dial indicator and magnetic base to use for this purpose on my tablesaw. Well, the magnetic base doesn’t work on cast aluminum. Yes, I didn’t know that my saw table was cast aluminum, I just assumed it was metal. I figure that I can use my miter gage(if it is metal, I haven’t checked) to mount the magnetic base to. Anyway, Don if it does everything that the manufacturer says I don’t think you can go wrong with purchasing it.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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