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Forum topic by CudaDude posted 03-05-2013 02:44 AM 643 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-05-2013 02:44 AM

While researching LJ and other website about setting up my table saw ie, getting the blade and fence parallel to the miter slots I come across several who mention they set their fence “dead on” parallel to the blade or miter slot with no toe out to the rear of the fence. Now I’m not asking for opinions on whether toe out or parallel is best. I’m just wondering what is “dead on”? Is it exactly as it implies? That there is no variance what so ever. (seems impossible) Or, is there an acceptable amount of variance that can still be considered dead on?

I’ve checked and adjusted to the point where i’m within 1/1000 on the blade alignment and within 3/1000 on the fence.

-- Gary

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#1 posted 03-05-2013 02:47 AM

Sounds fine to me.
Here is what I do:
Get the blade parallel to the miter slots less than 2/1000.
Set the fence to toe out away from the blade by 3-5/1000
Also check for blade run out (should be none)-it throws your hard work off.

-- Bryan Cramer at Great Plains Design Works

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#2 posted 03-05-2013 03:44 AM

A couple of thou is neither here nor there. Your saw blade will have at least that in run out. What you don’t want is a situation where there the saw blade / fence separation is say more than 5-10 thou less at the back of the blade than at the front. The cut will be crappy and the saw blade will be trying to throw the workpiece back at you. If you can tell there’s a difference, it should be in favor of more separation at the back of the blade.

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

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