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Table Saw Alignment Part II

I went to rip some 2" strips to make a new drawer to replace the one that molded on my shop floor.  Since I didn't have to be ultra accurate I set the rip fence using the indicator on the fence scale.  I decided to double check the distance to the fence anyway.  It was off by almost a 1/16".  Then I remembered that I had just realigned the fence and hadn't reset the indicator. Read more »

Tools: benchtop tools, table saw

Tags: alignment, DeWalt

Table Saw Fence Alignment

I've had my DeWalt benchtop table saw for about 10 years now.  At the time I thought it was the right saw for the projects I was working on, we had just purchased our house and there were many projects where it was great to have a portable saw.  Now that I'm more interested in fine woodworking, I wish I had chosen differently; for what I paid for it I could have purchased a decent contractor saw.  While the benchtop table saw works fine for plywood and dimensional lumber construction, it's not my saw of choice for detail work.

Recently, I've noticed the fence has become more and more misaligned.  The back side of the blade bites into the wood, even when it's past the front edge of the blade.  Not only does this increase the chances of kick-back, but it tends to burn the wood.

Obviously the fence is closer to the far side of the blade than the near side.  Optimally you want the fence to be parallel with the blade or maybe have the fence slightly farther away from the far side of the blade than the near side.  My table appears to be square with the blade, otherwise the slot on my miter sled would have a slot wider than the blade.  Since it's a bentop saw, I don't even think I could adjust the table if I wanted to.

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Tools: benchtop tools, table saw

Tags: alignment, DeWalt