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Forum topic by JeffMT posted 01-20-2017 09:15 PM 364 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JeffMT

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01-20-2017 09:15 PM

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Last year I purchased a new table saw and my rip fence is perfectly perpendicular on one end and when I check the other end, it is off by an eighth of an inch at the bottom of the fence. Is my fence twisted or warped and any ideas how to fix this? It’s a Craftsman contractor saw.


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#1 posted 01-20-2017 09:51 PM

Sounds like a twisted fence. Can you post a pic?

Does the fence have a subfence that can be shimmed straight?

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#2 posted 01-20-2017 09:58 PM

Perfectly perpendicular to what? Some compare it to the miter slots, and some use the blade for reference.

To check for warp, use a quality straightedge. Hold it across the bottom, across the top, as well as diagonal to check for straight.

More likely though is the fence is out of adjustment. Most tablesaws have adjustment screws to correct this.
As I recall, on some Craftsman models, the screws are located on the underside of the fence.

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#3 posted 01-20-2017 10:07 PM

pinto—I think he’s talking about perpendicular to the table, not parallel to miter slot or blade.

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#4 posted 01-20-2017 10:10 PM

It could be a few different fences that I can think of. Can you post the model number, or better yet a picture of your saw and the fence. Being off at one end doesn’t necessarily mean it’s twisted…it could just be skewed.

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#5 posted 01-20-2017 10:32 PM

It”s a 10” Craftsman Contractor #141.218331 When I line up the rip fence with the miter slot, the fence runs true to the miter slot where it touches the table. The end towards the locking handle is perpendicular to the table and the other end of the fence is not perpendicular and out at the top by an eighth of an inch. Like it is warped. When I check the other side of the fence, I get the same results. I hope this makes sense.

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#6 posted 01-20-2017 10:39 PM

Commonly known as a 21833 around here. Have you checked the fence when it’s locked down, and when it’s not locked down? If so, getting the same result? Any chance the rear rail is part of the cause? With the fence removed from the table, a good straight edge should be able to confirm if it’s twisted.

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