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Chuck21502

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10-12-2016 01:34 AM

I am a novice woodworker and need help. I am having trouble with keeping the stock tight to the rip fence on table saw while making rip cuts. The stock wants to walk away from the fence most noticeably beyond the blade. I think a feather board can help before the blade, but what should I do beyond the blade? Any help would be great. Thanks.


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woodbutcherbynight

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#1 posted 10-12-2016 01:59 AM

Check the alignment of your fence to the sawblade. To correct it if out of alignment should be in the owners manual of the machine you are using. I am sure others will offer suggestions as well but check this first and eliminate it as the problem or correct it if it is indeed out.

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#2 posted 10-12-2016 02:07 AM

Depends on how much it is moving out. You don’t want any pressure on the wood after the blade, if it’s too tight you will get kick backs. Set the fence for a 3” cut and run a board through without worrying about it. Measure the board in several places and see what you have, should be 3” as the cut is set for.

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LibertySings

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#3 posted 10-12-2016 02:41 AM

Hey there. Sounds like your fence is out of square to the blade. Follow this link to video by Nick Feery. He employs the ‘5 cut’ rule. A very useful technique for determining squareness on a crosscut sled. But I would think the technique can be used for your fence as well. https://youtu.be/ZtwK9X8o1Gw

Also maybe get yourself two straight edges around 2 or 3 ft long. Place one along the edge of the fence and one along the blade so that the rulers are touching. Check for gaps, if the gap is at the top then adjust the fence slightly counterclockwise, and apposite if the gap is near the bottom.

I hope this helps!!

All the best

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LibertySings

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#4 posted 10-12-2016 02:44 AM

Btw… those adjustments are assuming your fence is on the right hand side of the blade. I think this is pretty much standard, but just want to clarify.

Take care!

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#5 posted 10-12-2016 11:06 AM

What brand and model of table saw are you using?

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#6 posted 10-12-2016 11:16 AM

I’m with woodbutcherbynight and LibertySings. Sounds like your fence is toed out or doesn’t have a flat face. Check and adjust carefully. If you wind up with it toed in, you’ll bind the wood between the blade and fence and get burnt cuts at best and kickbacks at worst.

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Chuck21502

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#7 posted 10-13-2016 12:01 AM

Thank you all for your help and ideas. I have the day off tomorrow, so I am going to head to the shed and tackle this dilemma!

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Chuck21502

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#8 posted 10-13-2016 12:02 AM

By the way, I am using a craftsman table saw. I can let you know what model it is in the morning.

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#9 posted 10-13-2016 07:22 AM

Use a push stick to hold the piece flat against the fence and also use another push stick to push the piece toward the fence with your other hand using slight to moderate pressure.
This will keep the piece tight against the fence and also prevent kickback.

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#10 posted 10-13-2016 10:45 AM

Hello Chuck, first remove your saw blade and check the set on the teeth. Sounds like it could have been sharpened improperly. The teeth should have the same amount of set on each side, if not the stock will travel in the direction of the high side set. Take the blade and use a long screwdriver inserted through the arbor hole and holding the blade up to the light spin it to see the set of the teeth. If the set is off, don’t remount the blade, take it to a good sharpening shop and have it reset.

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Chuck21502

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#11 posted 10-13-2016 05:46 PM

Thanks for your enlightenment. I am learning so much about the basics of a table saw. I didn’t realize that there were so many variables!

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#12 posted 10-13-2016 07:06 PM



Thanks for your enlightenment. I am learning so much about the basics of a table saw. I didn t realize that there were so many variables!

- Chuck21502

Ohhhh these are just the most likely causes. You haven’t even scratched the surface of all the variables ;-P

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#13 posted 10-13-2016 07:10 PM

check alignment as suggested above. I also wonder if the splitter/riving knife is missing?

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Chuck21502

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#14 posted 10-13-2016 10:02 PM

Is that the piece of metal behind the blade? If so, it’s there. Could it be bent?

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