> A framing square (the small size) is your friend, for
> dialing in a small table saw like this. If the saw came
> with the T-shaped thing that rides in the slot, use the
> square to set that to 90, then use it as the baseline to
> use the square to adjust the blade parallel to the table
> slot. Unless your table is not flat, the framing square
> will be accurate enough to make sure the blade is
Thanks for everyone's suggestions.
I ended up taking the ruler out of a combination square, and
placed it on the mitre T so that it barely touched the
marked tooth, and then found a mark on the T that lined up
exactly with a ruler mark. Then I moved everything,
including that tooth, to the back to see if that mark lined
Well, it wasn't the same. The tooth was about a quarter of
a tooth width closer to the T at the back than at the front.
So I adjusted the table (about 1/8th turn of the adjusting
screws) and checked it again, and it was right on the money
this time. Then to be sure, I did the same test on a "left"
tooth relative to the left mitre slot, and that was a good
Then I used a similar method, but using a nail setting tool,
to adjust the fence to the blade. Even after making the
first adjustment above, the fence was still a little closer
to the blade at the back than at the front. So I had been
about half a tooth width out of adjustment in the first
place, which matches what it felt like on my test cuts -
some binding between the fence and the blade at the back.
> How big is the table, and did wings come with it? Most
> Craftsman 10" with the small table are not good enough
> for fancy cabinetry, but plenty good enough for the
> usual household repair tasks. A good 4' level is
> straight enough to verify the table is flat and the
> fence is not bent.
It's a model 137.248830. The main table is 26-7/64" x
19-1/2", but it also has left, right and rear table
extensions that expand it a good bit. Came with a dust bag
that catches about 25% of the dust. Ok, maybe 30%. It's a
15-amp, 5000 rp, direct-drive motor. Pretty loud.
The table isn't level, and the fence doesn't inspire
confidence. But you know, I paid $100 for this thing on
Craigslist, and it was almost brand new. So on balance I'm
pretty happy with it so far. For now I only need it for
rough ripping that doesn't need to be exact, so it will do
fine for that, particularly since it now won't bind anymore
at the back.
Thanks again for the responses.