Rip Fence Alignment Tip
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can't make a straight and true rip cut with a misaligned Fence.
know full well that the cuts made by your table saw are only
as good as it's alignment. If the saw blade isn't in perfect,
parallel alignment with your saw's miter gauge slot (and you're
relying on your gauge's miter quadrant to ensure the accuracy
of your cut's angle), you'll not only get inaccurate crosscuts...you'll
also get inaccurate rip cuts. Why?
Because your rip fence should be aligned with your miter gauge
slot. So...if the fence is parallel with the miter gauge slot...and
the slot is parallel with the face of your saw blade...GUESS
WHAT? You'll get perfect rip cuts with parallel sides...every
by following the instructions that came with your machine
for aligning your saw's table (or motor carriage, depending
on saw brand). Remember, the objective is to follow the appropriate
procedures to be certain the miter gauge slot is perfectly
parallel with the face of your saw blade.
comes the easy part. To align your rip fence so it's perfectly
parallel with the gauge slot, just drop the long edge of a
steel carpenter's framing square into your miter gauge slot
so the edge rests flat against the bottom of the slot.
the fence up against the square's face and clamp the square
to the fence face at each end. Loosen your fence's adjustment
screws. Slide the fence over until the face of the square
rests solidly against the opposing edge of the gauge slot.
Tighten the fence lock(s). Tighten the fence adjustment screws.