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Forum topic by _Todd_ posted 02-13-2017 02:09 PM 437 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-13-2017 02:09 PM

I hope this is in the right spot.

I have an old type 1 dewalt 744. I had to adjust the top because the miter slots were not square to the blade. Once adjusted I got a difference from left miter slot to blade of .008. Left miter slot was .007, and from fence to blade there was a .006 difference. These were measured from the same tooth of the blade on both the front and rear (which from what I’ve read seems like your typical check for square procedure).

My question is…is this good enough for projects like closet organizers and some shop cabinets?

I have done some of these projects in the past using pine 1x material from big box stores. I’ve had a hard time determining if the issues I have seen with squareness is a result of warped boards or saw adjustment…or both.

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#1 posted 02-13-2017 02:45 PM

Even if the blade is not parallel to the slot, a TS still cuts a straight line. Might be hard to visualize, but think about the shadow of the blade projected on the wall. That is what the wood sees, and it will look like a straight line.

The quality of the cut edge will suffer and you could be at risk of pinching the material between the fence and blade. Square Ness would be whether your blade is 90 to the table, not parallel to the slots. You should be able to adjust that as well.

If your fence has an adjustment for parallel, it is better to have the fence pointing very slightly away from the blade at the back than it is to have it toed in to the blade.


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#2 posted 02-13-2017 02:47 PM

And yes, would should be just fine for even doing furniture. Just keep good technique and you may need some extra said ding to clean up blade marks.


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#3 posted 02-13-2017 02:48 PM

I’d try to get it a lil closer if possible.

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#4 posted 02-13-2017 03:07 PM

As mentioned, safety might be more important than cut quality. You do not want the fence to pinch so that it causes a kickback. It might be okay on one side of the blade because the fence angles slightly away but that would mean that it would angle toward the blade on the other side. I would at least try to get it dialed in a little closer. I think that the rule of thumb is to shoot for .002”.

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#5 posted 02-13-2017 04:21 PM

I think you’re close enough but, you don’t say whether the gap from fence to blade is at front or back. You want to make sure the gap is wider at the back of the blade to prevent burning your wood and, in worst cases, pinching and kickback. I’m not familiar with that saw but, I generally shoot for .005” when I check my TS alignment.

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#6 posted 02-13-2017 06:04 PM

Thanks for the information. I’ll have to double check on the fence to see if the aft part of the blade is closer or further away.

I was able to get the blade at a vertical 90 degrees to the table top.

When I loosened the top to adjust It, the top is slid all the way to one side on the back which is all the adjustment I can get out of the top itself.

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