Mine is a Uni-fence on a Unisaw ... it is precision personified, and the
fence ruler happens to correspond _perfectly_ to my two favorite Stanley 12'
rulers, a rare and happy circumstance in the shop and one to take every
advantage of, and to cherish til death do us part.
HOWEVER, the operator is often NOT precision personified ... he has been
known to set the fence to 23 3/8" instead of the required 23 5/8", or
somesuch ... and on more than one occasion.
Therefore, and when working with expen$ive wood, the requirement to verify,
verify ... and verify again.
... nuff said.
(Maybe you just haven't reached that "certain" age?)
Exactly, that is the reason to use a tape. Some times a measurement looks
totally different when the fraction of an inch is on the other side of the
whole number. ;~)
With an upside down backward tape measure I was often known to adjust 23 and
1/4" to actually cut 22 and 3/4".
If I stopped at the second measurement, nothing would fit!
I like the saying "you can always remove more wood, but you can't add
any." (There's also "Cut it twice and it's still too short!!!")
Marching to the beat of a different drum is great... unless you're in
I suppose I could loosen the screws and move the pointer, but I just
don't trust it.
My default is to use the rule between the fence and the blade...or use
bar stock for setting height, etc.
Then you don't have to worry about whether the pointer or the fence
rail or the part of the fence that holds the pointer moved, or the
plastic lens that holds the reticle bent, or had its refractive index
change, or the lines of the planet's magnetic flux shifted, or whatever.
The fewer links in the chain, and simpler the sequence of events the
better, I figure. YMMV.
A few years ago, my nephew was in the high school marching band. When
it was time for the local Christmas parade, my sister - proud parent
that she was - videotaped the band as they passed by. Christmas Day
we were all gathered around the television to re-live his moment of
glory. As we all watched the video, my nephew exclaimed, "Hey look,
everybody's out of step but me!"
Keep doing it your way Jones, everybody's out of step but you.
"We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom
that is in it - and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits
on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid
again---and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold
one anymore." - Mark Twain
If you had a good fence you would not give it a second thought.
I usta do that when I had a piss poor fence.
Measuring between the blade and the fence increases those links and chance
for error. If you don't hold the rule perpendicular to the blade or fence
you can end up with a cut that is too narrow. Most all modern fences these
days offer repeatable accuracy.
You worry too much. With my old saw, I'd agree. With my Delta and
Beisemeyer fence, the shortest and fewest links is to trust the fence as it
is accurate and repeatable and firmly locks to where the line is pointing on
the scale. More accurate than a shifting fence when you lock it after
Sorry you have an inadequate tool.
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