perfect crosscuts #1: simple squaring technique

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Blog entry by woodklutz posted 02-09-2011 07:56 PM 1103 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I use a rafter square or marking square with my crosscut sled. The rear fence must be straight of course.
I take one side of the piece that I will be using and abut it to the rafter guide at 90 degrees, this will raise an edge away from the rear fence. I clamp it down allowing the minimum over the kerf line of the sled and cut. Make a mark for reference, this is now true edge, now do the same procedure for one more side you now have 1 horizontal and 1 vertical side, mark it. You now have two reference sides to place against the rear fence for remaining cuts. All sides will be square.
A hold down is very important for the first reference cuts, the slightest movement will negate the intent.

It is easier to do than to verbally describe.

-- honing my craft one mistake at a time.

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