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Forum topic by woodworkingdrew posted 03-19-2014 01:12 AM 797 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2014 01:12 AM

This may sound stupid, but when I measure from the fence of my table saw do I measure to the left, right, or center of the blade?

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#1 posted 03-19-2014 01:16 AM

If the piece you are cutting, and intend to use, is to the right of the blade, then measure the right side of the blade to the fence.

Or more importantly know my left from right…still working on that. Lol

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#2 posted 03-19-2014 01:16 AM

Depends on which side of the blade the piece you want from the board is. Typically when using a fence, it’s the piece that rides on the fence. Therefore, you’d want to measure to the tip of the right blade tip.

EDIT: Shane, if you did that you would have to take into account the blade width.

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#3 posted 03-19-2014 01:21 AM

Doesn’t sound stupid at all. I went many months unable to figure out how to read the measurements on the table saw, period.

Think of it this way – after the blade goes through the wood, there will no wood in the path it traveled. So you don’t want to include that empty path in your measurement. Measure from where your workpiece is against the fence to the closest side of the blade.

Hope that helps.

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#4 posted 03-19-2014 01:32 AM

If the part i want to cut is, say 5”, from the fence to the tooth closet to the fence will measure 5”.

Now IF, I wanted to cut a 5” wide section off a wider board, I would measure how much would be left on the wider board. The measurement would then be from the fence to the tooth farthest from the fence. That way, the kerf will be figured in. I just mark over 5” from the outside edge, place that mark on the outside of the blade’s teeth, and then set the fence for the rest of the board to go through. Simple as….

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