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09-19-2016 07:25 PM

Your caliper shows 1.453”. How do you set your table saw fence that has an imperial ruler.


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#1 posted 09-19-2016 07:32 PM

Measure from the face of the blade to the fence. Calipers still work after all these centuries.
You can transfer the measurement to a “story stick” if you wish.
I always measure even though my fence scale is accurate.
Bill

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#2 posted 09-19-2016 07:35 PM

Halfway between the 1 7/16” and the 1 15/32” marks. That would be 1 29/64” (if your ruler has 64ths).

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#3 posted 09-19-2016 08:11 PM

Yes, the caliper inside measurement teeth can transfer the exact dimension. Easy. Lock the measurement, then put one tooth against the blade and bring the fence up to the other.

Brian

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#4 posted 09-19-2016 08:31 PM

I only brought this topic to show how clumsy the imperial system is.

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#5 posted 09-19-2016 09:02 PM


I only brought this topic to show how clumsy the imperial system is.

- JoséMário

Your caliper shows 1.453
How would you set your fence if you had a metric ruler?

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#6 posted 09-19-2016 09:04 PM

I have an imperial caliper, it measures in increments of 1/128”.

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#7 posted 09-19-2016 09:21 PM



I only brought this topic to show how clumsy the imperial system is.

- JoséMário


It worked.

Now how would you set your metric fence if your caliper read 1.453”? Just as hard, but the recommendations above for transferring a measurement would still work well.

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#8 posted 09-19-2016 09:30 PM

Ling live the Imperial System.

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#9 posted 09-19-2016 09:41 PM

You are mixing decimal with fractional; not a good idea. Always work in one or the other. Since your fence reads in fractions, use a fraction reading caliper. My fence is very accurate, but when I want a nuts-on dimension, I cut a scrap piece of wood to the dimension I want. I then measure/trim until I attain the required dimension. That sets my fence. It usually takes me 3 or 4 passes until I get to that dimension. There is no better or accurate way to do it; it doesn’t matter if you are using the imperial or metric system. It doesn’t matter if the dimension is 1.453” or 36.906 mm; (the equivalent).

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#10 posted 09-19-2016 09:41 PM


I only brought this topic to show how clumsy the imperial system is.

- JoséMário

It worked.

Now how would you set your metric fence if your caliper read 1.453”? Just as hard, but the recommendations above for transferring a measurement would still work well.

- KentInOttawa


Also, a much smaller increment to get wrong if you tried to dial it in.
1.453 = 36.9 mm or 3.69 cm. Rounding to 37 mm would be pretty close in my books. .1mm = 4 thousands of an inch.

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#11 posted 09-19-2016 09:58 PM



I only brought this topic to show how clumsy the imperial system is.

- JoséMário


It is not clumsy if you understand it. To me the metric system is clumsy because I don’t need to use it. Ten’s of millions of people have used the imperial system ever since the industrial revolution and it has worked so far. There is an old adage that says; “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it”. The imperial system works, has always and always will work. By the way, I have worked in both systems with no problem (shipbuilding). To me it is no big deal. Use whatever system you want, but don’t criticize others for their choice.

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#12 posted 09-19-2016 10:01 PM


I only brought this topic to show how clumsy the imperial system is.
- JoséMário

Your caliper shows 1.453
How would you set your fence if you had a metric ruler?
- jbay


If there were no imperial system there would have not been 1.453”. There would be 36.9062mm which is extremely easy to set on a metric fence with all the precision it and your eyes allow.

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#13 posted 09-19-2016 10:05 PM


I only brought this topic to show how clumsy the imperial system is.
- JoséMário

Your caliper shows 1.453
How would you set your fence if you had a metric ruler?
- jbay

If there were no imperial system there would have not been 1.453”. There would be 36.9062mm which is extremely easy to set on a metric fence with all the precision it and your eyes allow.

- JoséMário


yeah, well if there were no guns we wouldn’t have bullets either…
The imperial system is not clumsy to me.

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#14 posted 09-19-2016 10:23 PM

1.453 is just over 1 7/16” (1.4375) which I figured off the top of my head. Naturally people who use metric won’t be able to do this but I’ve got the important decimal conversions memorized. Toolmakers and machinists generally have the decimal and fractional equivalents memorized too.

If the table saw fence is set a bit past the 1 7/16” mark, it will be within several thousandths of the exact measurement. The alternative is to just get a decimal rule because the advantages of metric are non-existent when using decimals.

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#15 posted 09-19-2016 11:10 PM

A must have in any shop(woodworking or metal fabrication) is this chart taped to the wall, you’ll be surprised how often you’ll walk to it to double check or verify the numbers in your head:

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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