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ohtimberwolf

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161 days ago

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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MrUnix

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#1 posted 161 days ago

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 161 days ago

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

-- Used to be a barn cat, now a lap cat...

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RogerInColorado

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#3 posted 161 days ago

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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GarageWoodworks

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#4 posted 159 days ago

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 159 days ago

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

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oldnovice

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#6 posted 159 days ago

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

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ohtimberwolf

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#7 posted 158 days ago

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

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Pezking7p

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#8 posted 158 days ago

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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Paul

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#9 posted 158 days ago

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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bowedcurly

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#10 posted 158 days ago

I like mine +/- 2 furlongs

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CharlesA

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#11 posted 158 days ago

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

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davidmackv

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#12 posted 158 days ago

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

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RogerInColorado

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#13 posted 158 days ago

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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bbc557ci

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#14 posted 158 days ago

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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madts

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#15 posted 158 days ago

HF has decent dial indicators.

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