Tablesaw tricks for accurate cuts
Precise angled cuts rely on accurate gauge settings. Here’s how to adjust yours.
Start with an adjustable drafting square.
Use a drafting square to check the blade bevel-angle settings for the 0° and 45° stops. Adjust the bevel stops as needed for dead-on angles.
Check against the sawblade plate
Verify the angle settings on your miter gauge, particularly those miter gauges with stops, against the sawblade plate. Adjust your miter gauges as needed.
Adjust and verify
Adjust any inaccurate miter-gauge angle stops using a screwdriver, and verify the settings to the blade again as shown in slide 2.
Sand for a smooth fit if necessary
If your miter gauge bar fits too tightly in the slot, rub one edge along 150-grit, self-adhesive sandpaper, applied to your saw's tabletop, until the gauge bar glides smoothly.
Dimples can take out the slop
If your miter gauge bar fits too loosely in the slot and doesn't have adjustment screws, add dimples every 4-6" by peening it with a hammer and punch.
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