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08-15-2014 08:58 PM

When making cuts what do you rely on for accuracy? A process comparable to the picture or the measurement scale on the saw? Share your different techniques with us.

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#1 posted 08-15-2014 09:04 PM

I have a Ridgid TS2400 that I bought in 2001. I always use the built in scale to measure cuts. I used to check my cuts but found they were always right. Now I only check when changing the blade, and adjust if needed.

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#2 posted 08-15-2014 09:09 PM

I’m with papadan – my Biesemeyer has been accurate for over 20 yrs

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#3 posted 08-15-2014 09:17 PM

I’ve got a Craftsman with the crummy stock fence. I check it with the same steel ruler every time at the front and the back of the blade. I typically set the fence just a hair wider at the back of the blade than I do at the front. The key is to use the same measurement tool throughout the build for the project.

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#4 posted 08-15-2014 09:18 PM

Tape measure, vernier calipers, and cutting a piece of scrap for the ones that have to be dead on. Tape on the fence will get me close enough on everything else.

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#5 posted 08-15-2014 09:20 PM

My Shopsmith won’t accommodate a Biesemeyer. I do wish it weren’t so.
So, I use a combination of a pair of 123 blocks and a set of 1/8-3/4 keyway bars graduated in 1/16ths.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 08-15-2014 09:38 PM

Gauge it if you can; otherwise if you have a decent fence that’s calibrated, it should give you the same results as measuring off the blade with a ruler.

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Bob Kassmeyer

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#7 posted 08-15-2014 09:40 PM

I use both methods, I have a hard time seeing the lines on the fence so if I want real accuracy I use a rule at the blade.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#8 posted 08-15-2014 09:42 PM

I try not to measure. I get one piece right then use it for reference. For first setup, I always use my green FastCap tape measure. Even if it’s not perfect, it will always be the same imperfect each layout…

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#9 posted 08-15-2014 09:45 PM

I usually just use the scale on my fence. When I first got the saw (SawStop PCS), I double-checked with a ruler, but now, two years later, I trust the fence.

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#10 posted 08-15-2014 09:47 PM

I cut a pc 10×10 and weigh it on a scale. If it’s light I bump the fence over a little. If it’s heavy, vice a versa.

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#11 posted 08-15-2014 09:55 PM

I use a steel ruler for the most part. If I need accuracy down to the nitty-gritty, I use this system.

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#12 posted 08-15-2014 09:56 PM

I often just use the scale on my Biesemeyer fence. If it is crucial or a special situation such as a thin-kerf blade, dado blade or bevel cut, I check on some scrap. If the piece is still over-length, I might just nick the end of the actual piece as a test.

Once the fence is set for a series of cuts, I trust it for repeatability.

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#13 posted 08-15-2014 10:00 PM

Tablesaw scale, unless the dado blade is installed. In that case I use a combination square.

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#14 posted 08-15-2014 11:01 PM

I took enough time awhile back, when adjusting my Biesemeyer fence scale, that I can typically rely on it for measurements on most projects.
That said, I sometimes use a Starrett ruler I bought, that is quite accurate, using it against the fence-to-blade.

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#15 posted 08-15-2014 11:17 PM

I just use my extreeeemly accurate “Patented Micro Hand” .... and since THIS is nine inches

well, you know the rest :-)

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