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Holbs

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05-29-2017 04:45 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw gauge fence gauge

Awhile ago, I bought a do-hickey (mag pro?) for miter slot calibration of table saw & fence, with the use of a dial caliper. While it worked 100% for my Unisaw miter slots, it did not work for my bandsaw nor Powermatic 66 (the body of the dial caliper was in the way of the device clamping). Recently, after purchasing the SharkGuard, I noticed some of my longer rip cuts drifted to the left by 1/8” or so. I assumed it was because the SharkGuard was not aligned with the blade. Or maybe it was the fence? Who knew! So while waiting for some pieces to bake in oil, I made just what I needed. Since there is no “wood” in this, I did not want to toss it up in the project section.

Made out of aluminum bars bought from McMaster-Carr. I actually bought extra lengths for future table saw sleds that utilize the miter slot. Out of the box, the bars were about 0.0010 too wide for both saws. Out came the 80 grit sandpaper. In the end, maybe 0.0002 slop in the Unisaw and 0 in the PM66 (which I noticed my PM66 has a thousand or so wider miter slot in the middle than in the ends). Everything is now hunky dorry. I was inspired by this youtube video and followed things mostly to the letter:


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