J (in email@example.com) said:
| OK, I admit it, I bought a very cheap table saw.
| Well, now here's my fiirst question. Assume the table top has no
| markings, and my "fence" if you can call it that is just a straight
| bit of metal that clamps to the table at either end.
| Is there an easy way for me to figure out if my fence is paralell
| to my saw blade? I'm not sure how the "propper" table saws do it,
| but I can't think of a simple fool proof way of ensuring that the
| fence is straight every time. Once i've figured out a marker, I
| could bolt down a ruler at either end and them just measure off the
| same distance each end of the fence.
| (actually, the table has a ruler along both edges, but it's just a
| bit of printed paper stuck down to the table top, I tried following
| this and it was at least 5mm out and deffinately wasn't straight.
| Thanks for any advice (appart from throw it away and buy a propper
One approach might be to pick up some 1/8" by 1" or 2" flat aluminum
stock and four sets of nut/bolt/washers at the hardware store and
build a rectangle with a bolt at each corner. Leave the nuts loose
enough that the rectangle can be skewed with hand pressure.
In use, put one side against the saw blade and adjust the fence
against the opposite side at the desired distance from the blade.
The more carefully you measure and drill the holes, the more accurate
that parallelism - but it shouldn't be too difficult to improve on a
DeSoto, Iowa USA