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Forum topic by markswoodcraft posted 11-03-2012 06:42 PM 1545 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-03-2012 06:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: trick tip jig tablesaw square combination sliding fence

is your fence constantly not square
does it take you forever to set you ts fence, constantly checking, sliding and rechecking?
here is the solution

1. raise your blade up a bit
2. slide your fence over to the desired width(according to the fence next to the blade)
3. take a sliding combo square
4. put the sliding part into the miter gauge and slide the ruler over until it touches the fence
5. tighten the square
6. slide it along the miter gauge slot, pressing and pushing the fence as needed
7. lock down the fence
8. check it for square again
9. complete

my table saw is a 30 yr. old rockwell beaver w/ a 9” blade
i would get a new one if i could afford it, but some other tools are higher up on my priorities list
since i already have a table saw and it works fine otherwise.

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#1 posted 11-03-2012 08:24 PM

If I had to do that every time I moved my fence I’d go nuts. :)

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#2 posted 11-03-2012 08:27 PM

I think if you need to do this once in a while to check it’s okay, but if you need to do it before every cut or change of fence position, it’s time for a new fence, or saw.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#3 posted 11-03-2012 08:41 PM

Sounds like you need a new fence or just another table saw if this is what you have to do to your TS.

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#4 posted 11-03-2012 10:31 PM

+1 on a new fence.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#5 posted 11-04-2012 02:32 AM

Hard to think of a tool that would be a higher priority than a decent TS. The fence is always where they cheap out . . .

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#6 posted 11-04-2012 02:45 AM

I’d take up needlepoint if I had to do that with every cut…of course, it’s not much different than measuring the front and back with my tape measure, which is what I did for years and years.

-- jay,

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#7 posted 11-04-2012 04:33 AM

I had the same problem with a 1977 Craftsman TS. I cured that problem with a new Vega Pro 40 fence.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#8 posted 11-04-2012 08:04 PM

It’s not a bad idea. Even with a top quality fence, you rely on the scale in setting the fence, but how confident are you that the fence is always 100% right? A bit of dust under the sliding head of the fence can alter a setting and you don’t realize it. Anytime I make a cut that I need to be right on, I check the setting with a square. I tend to be one who subscribes to the precision marking and layout of wood parts. I inherit that from my metalworking past and is second nature to me. I can tweak my saw fence so it’s ±.005”. For me; not a problem. To others, a problem and not necessary.

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