While I would love to take credit, I didn't invent the dial indicator
so I can't exactly call it my "toy". I will take credit for the
TS-Aligner products, but they are just fancy fixturing for dial
Perhaps I can help you understand what makes alignments with a dial
indicator so much easier than traditional "feel the rub" or "hear the
scrape" methods. To answer your question precisely: you "hit" the
turnnion enough to change the reading on the dial indicator so that the
0.003" error is eliminated. That's one of the great things about using
a dial indicator, you can leave it on the object that your are
adjusting and watch the progress of your adjustmentments in real time
so that you know exactly what to do and how much to do it. There's no
subjective guess work.
Or, perhaps this will not help you to understand...Maybe if you sprung
for the $8.50 and just goofed around with one for a while you might
eventually get the idea. They don't bite and aren't so hard to use
that your ego would be in danger of getting bruised. You might
actually learn something new in the process.
Home of the TS-Aligner!
I've got a pretty nice Starrett dial indicator and a magnetic base but
I've found that I get good results by using a simple combo square.
I mark a tooth with a magic marker and check it where it would enter
and leave a cut, with the blade run high.
It's fast and simple.
I find that the Unisaw stays put pretty much, once it's been set, as
opposed to the Delta Contractors Saw that I had before, which needed
to be reset maybe once a month, in a shop where it was used maybe
twenty to thirty hours a week.
As always, YMMV.
Tom Watson - WoodDorker
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