Square corners (lack thereof)

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Forum topic by JWF posted 09-02-2013 07:20 AM 1144 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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09-02-2013 07:20 AM

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I’d like to take a crack at making some wall cabinets for my garage. Nothing fancy, just some basic boxes with doors. Problem is I seem to be completely unable to cut a square corner. Today I made a small case (25”x17”) to use as a pull-out cabinet under my workbench and it was a total exercise in frustration; nothing square, pieces apparently tapered, just no fun at all. So the question is; is there a cut sequence or technique that is more likely to yield square corners? Or, what can contribute to out of square corners so I can look for it when I’m working?

Additional information: I have the bottom of the line Craftsman table saw. I keep telling myself that a good craftsman doesn’t blame his tools (an expression undoubtedly created by someone with lots of really nice tools) but I have to wonder if it is part of my problem. The “design” of this saw and its small size makes a crosscut sled pretty darn difficult so that’s not really an option. (And please, let’s try not to turn this thread into a cheap tool bashing festival. I have what I have and that’s not going to change any time soon).

Thanks in advance for any help/ideas.

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#1 posted 09-02-2013 08:22 AM

Depends on what the “tapers” are? maybe your fence is mis-aligned, perhaops also the miter guage. Here is a pretty good Yuotube on saw blade alignment.
I would start from there and then see what results you get. I think it’s admirable that you are not quick to blame tools, but check it out first. Even the best saws need to be properly set up.
I used a craftsman saw before I bought the 3650 I have now. It worked fine as long as I realized it limitations. It should be more than adequate for making some shop cabinets.

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