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02-18-2014 04:50 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table sled perfect accuracy

this might help you a lot. It certainly did help me and I thought I would post the link for any who are interested in the same type of information. larry

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbG-n--LFgQ

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#1 posted 02-18-2014 06:42 PM

The 5 cut method is very accurate but kind of a pita.. using a square and a dial indicator can get about the same results and is much easier IMHO.. Here is a example video showing the method:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZM1OBcC6ok

Cheers,
Brad

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#2 posted 02-18-2014 07:25 PM

Thanks Brad the more information the better choices people have. larry

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#3 posted 02-19-2014 06:15 AM

I’m a fan of the dial indicator method as well. It’s worth a visit to Garageworks to see his other dial indicator set-up videos.

http://www.garagewoodworks.com/video.php

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#4 posted 02-21-2014 01:02 AM

Hey thanks for the feedback guys. And I appreciate you all spreading the word.

I have a more recent video that compares the two methods:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC_iF5pZxmI

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#5 posted 02-21-2014 04:20 AM

I also use a dial indicator as shown by Garage Woodworks. Quick and simple.

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#6 posted 02-21-2014 06:26 AM

There are many ways to “skin a cat”!
I prefer a laser interferometer with an accuracy 0.006 nanometers.

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#7 posted 02-21-2014 12:58 PM

oldnovice,
I have one of those on order. :)

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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#8 posted 02-21-2014 01:35 PM

Nice to have different options that utilize the tools you have on hand.

I don’t have a caliper or a dial indicator, but I picked up this interferometer off CL for a song….

-- -Dan

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#9 posted 02-21-2014 02:23 PM

Oldnovice
Personally I prefer +/- about 3 Angstroms

Ohtimberwolf
Thanks for sharing, I am thinking of replacing my sled and this gave me a few tips that I can use.

Paul

-- If you say 'It's good enough', it probably isn't.

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#10 posted 02-21-2014 02:34 PM

I like mine +/- 2 furlongs

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#11 posted 02-21-2014 02:38 PM

I watched the comparison video. Did it take any time to setup the dial indicator? That part wasn’t timed.

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#12 posted 02-21-2014 03:40 PM

I am planning on building my sled using the method shown in op’s video.

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#13 posted 02-21-2014 04:12 PM

Charles, it takes about 5 minutes to build the “mount for the dial indicator approach and about 30 seconds to calibrate it. One of the Garageworks videos shows it being built. I use mine on my table saw for squaring the blade to the table, on my band saw for the same, and on my jointer for squaring the fence to the bed.

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#14 posted 02-21-2014 05:14 PM

Another vote for the dial indicator method. Either works, bu the DI is quicker after some set up.

2 questions however….. because I don’t have a dial indicator, nor do I have a GOOD square….

Where would be a good place to go to get a decent dial indicator, and to get a square that is, square??

Thanks :o)

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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#15 posted 02-21-2014 06:05 PM

HF has decent dial indicators.

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