Those who have read my occasional posts here may have a fair estimate
of my skill level by now. For those that don't, I've clawed my way up
to "weekend handyman".
I have noticed that my miter saw is probably not quite square,
especially vertically. I also have access to an older table saw which
similarly could use some adjustment. So what tool should I use? An
engineer's square? Set-up blocks? Some sort of gauge? Any
recommendations for something of reasonable cost that is commensurate
with my level of skill and time constraints?
An engineers square is an invaluable tool for any woodworker.
A set of 3 can be had at a decent price. The specs aren't as important
as you'd think. For woodworking, it's either square or it's not. I'm not
concerned with +/-.003 per length vs. +/-.001 per length. That's not
even half the width of a scribe line.
For precision set-up of a table saw a miter slot jib made with a cheap
machinist's dial indicator is needed to really fine tune everything on
the saw. But you really only need to do it one time, then again any time
you go move it or bang it around some how. The dial indicator jig is
nice to keep around for double checking the fence every few months.
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
Your miter gage and a piece of stock, say 2-1/2" x 12" x 3/4".
Cross cut the stock, then flip waste piece over and push the cut
surfaces together and miter gage face.
If no gap, blade is vertical.
If gap appears, adjust blade and repeat with another piece of stock.
May take 3-4 cuts to get there.
On Mon, 25 Jun 2012 17:37:24 -0700 (PDT), Greg Guarino
An engineer's square or 123 blocks are your best bet for the miter
saw. Build a dial indicator jig for the tablesaur. (see YouTube)
http://tinyurl.com/6oxgcco and a dozen others.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to
succeed is more important than any one thing.
-- Abraham Lincoln
Also on youtube-
search for "wood whisperer table saw".
He has a two part series on Table saw
Setup/Tuneup (#55 & 56).
There's also one - "American Woodworker editor
Tom Caspar shows how to properly square a
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