First, I'm going to work on the baby crib project for my 5-month old son
tomorrow, which entails many compound miter cuts for the splayed legs,
angled arm support stiles, and angled back support slats. I wanted to
ensure that my table saw was in perfect tune, so I decided to bring out the
'ol TS-Aligner Jr. and have at it. This was also, in part, inspired by the
thread somewhere in here the last couple of days about what table saw
alignment tool was the best.
At any rate, it has been almost a year since I tuned the table saw. In that
time I've made a LOT of projects, and haven't really seen any sign that the
saw was out of tune, but I've generally stuck to ninety degrees for the most
part. I have tweaked the fence/blade parallelism a few times (btw. I have a
right-tilt Unisaw with a Biesemeyer 50" fence). I'm delighted to report
that the blade runout was still approx. 0.001", the blade/miter slot
paralellism was approx. 0.001-0.002" and the fence was -0.003" out of
parallel with the miter slot at the back (as intended). I also tuned up my
miter gauges, both of which were dead on perfect (JDS Accumiter and Incra
V-27, newly acquired). I also checked the blade for square to the table (it
was, within 0.002"), and the fence for squareness to the table (a little
worse here, at about 0.004").
Other than having to clean the table of some light rust (hadn't been in the
shop for about 2.5 weeks), the whole operation took me about 20 minutes.
And part of that was remembering how to calibrate the zero point with TS
I'm still giddy about having a Unisaw :-) and now I REALLY see what the
$1700 is for - not having to worry about the saw "moving" in use and over