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Hi all, I am having trouble aligning my rigid TS3650 fence, I loosen 3 screws, even tried all 4, zero the fence with a dial indicator front and back, but no matter what, when I tighten down the bolts there is a shift of a bout 0.01 in the back. Then if I can zero both in, it will be in the neighborhood of 0.02” other places on the table. I am very new at woodworking, so what is the preferred method?
thanks all.


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#1 posted 369 days ago

i have a similar fence on my ridgid TS2412 (older entry level version of your saw). try this: get a piece of 1×4 and fit it vertically in the miter slot. shim it with pieces of paper so it is good and snug, but use the right side miter slot and shim it on the side of the 1 X 4 that is towards the blade. disengage the head’s locking arm, slightly loosen the 4 screws that attach the fence to the fence head and move the fence so that it is in contact with the 1×4 face that is away from the blade. clamp the fence to the 1×4 in two places. lock down the head locking arm. tighten 4 screws in a diagonal manner, tightening each screw a little each time. unclamp the fence from the 1×4, put a $10 dial gauge on your miter gauge, remove all the slop from the miter gauge bar (use tape, paper, etc) so the miter gauge bar slides but doesn’t wander in the same slot the 1×4 was in and check the alignment of the fence to the miter slot. it should resemble this:

infeed side of blade

outfeed side of blade

it takes some patience but that’s a very good fence. and remember that any adjustment to one end of the fence affects the other end by ~ half. once set dead parallel to the miter slot, that fence will seldom, if ever, need to be adjusted. god luck.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#2 posted 369 days ago

Awesome! Thank you so much, your method is so logical. I was over thinking it way to much. Only thing I will do differently is the dial indicator, I made myself a nice little jig, modeled after the a-line-it (pics attached). Will get back to you with results, tanks again though for a blistering fast and excellently articulated solution. Btw, the Incra miter gauge,
worth the money?


Nylon set screws to take up any play.

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#3 posted 369 days ago

Btw, the Incra miter gauge, worth the money?

IMHO, no. got it and a 24” incra miter bar as an Amazon deal. it’s a good fence, just a bit too fussy for my liking. when i’ve finally had enough of it, i’ll replace it with an osborne eb-3:

http://www.shop.osbornemfg.com/product.sc?productId=2&categoryId=2

occasionally, either amazon or ebay have shown a dewalt clone of the eb 3 for as little as $59. that’s a good deal on what IMHO is a good miter gauge.

on a budget? the incra v27 on sale is a good value on a simple and straight forward miter gauge:

http://www.incra.com/product_miter_v27.htm

you’ve fabricated a good looking alignment jig. i would suggest using the same miter slot to align blade to miter slot and fence to miter slot. it can make a difference.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#4 posted 369 days ago

Awesome, thank you again, also thanks for the honesty on the Incra. Had never heard of the EB-3, or Osborne manufacturing, I see your want for it though, that is one amazing gauge, I actually think it’s cheaper in my neck of the woods to get the Osbourne, I know the basic Incra runs me for $70 so $105 sounds really good and neither one I can make for $10! Anyhow, off to align this fence.

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