Square cutting end of pannels?

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Forum topic by David Hacke posted 02-29-2012 07:57 AM 1068 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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David Hacke

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02-29-2012 07:57 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jig question

I have started building cedar chests for people and panels are 2’ x 4’ or 2’ x 2’ I am having a hard time cutting the ends square on my table saw I built a slide table with slats that run in both dados in the table to but there is just a slight looseness to them which lets is angle slightly which depending on where i push on it can make the end cut up to 1/16” off over 2’. Only thing I can think of is to tighten up the tollerance buy buying some 1/2”x3/4” steal flat bar and drill and tap it to hold it on instead of using wood guide slats. Any better ides would be great.

Thanks Dave

-- Dave, Kelso, Washington

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#1 posted 02-29-2012 12:52 PM

You can make the wood runners fit tighter, I’ll bet.

or, you can use this-

Also, check the alignment on your saw.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#2 posted 02-29-2012 01:58 PM

Thanks for the information Dan I will put it to gteat use getting ready to do a big redo project on my table saws soon so will do this during it.

-- Dave, Kelso, Washington

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#3 posted 02-29-2012 02:11 PM

You need to tighten up the tolerances on your jig. Just recut new runners for the miter slots so they fit tight, w/o slop.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 03-11-2012 08:09 PM

found out why I couldnt get a good square cut with thia thats darn assume word got me again figured the factory cuts where square to eachother but nope there not so when I ran the end of the panel down the fence to make the dados in the jig they are the same amount off as the factory cut guess ill go buy a new pannel and start over

-- Dave, Kelso, Washington

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#5 posted 03-11-2012 08:25 PM

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#6 posted 03-11-2012 08:36 PM

There are bars available at peachtree wood working that have spring loaded steel balls in them that you can adjust the tension of to take up the slop in your miter slot.

-- Haming it up in the 'bash.

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