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Bill White

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03-04-2012 08:42 PM

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I have my TS fence set with a slight outfeed offset for clearance. Fence is normally set to the right of the blade. I would change it for the rare work right of the blade to prevent pinch. Is this the correct procedure, or do ya set it exact with the infeed side of the blade? I seem to find different opinions. Imagine that!
What do you guys do?
My setup works just fine for me FWIW.


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#1 posted 03-04-2012 08:47 PM

I set mine exact ,to me if you are following the fence,offset it could throw your cut off.

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#2 posted 03-04-2012 08:50 PM

I did not say the the offset is right at 1/32”. Pretty slight.


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#3 posted 03-04-2012 09:17 PM

Bill, I set my fence using front tooth of my table saw. When calibrating my fence to the saw, I measure front of table to fence, rear of table to fence and AIM for the same number. (I don’t do that every time I set the saw, just occasionally to make sure fence is aligned) I do NOT think a fraction larger at the rear is the end of the world. It is Lumber ! NO micrometers in my shop————-for those people that need the fence within .0001th to me is a lot of wasted time.

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#4 posted 03-04-2012 10:58 PM

Set the fence exact. People get too carried away with all the tailing away baloney. If the saw has a riving knife, it makes a offset even more foolish.

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#5 posted 03-05-2012 02:29 AM

I have been working with table saws for more than 20 years both as a hobbyist and professional.

Set the fence as close to parallel with your blade as possible. If the fence is set with an angle, the part will make contact with the blade at the back where the teeth are coming up out of the insert. This is a recipe for kickback.

The additional benefit is that you need not worry whether you are cutting on the left or right.


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#6 posted 03-05-2012 02:45 AM

Well that certainly clears that up! LOL For the record I try for as parallel as I can get.

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