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Spacers calibrate thin-strip cutting

I’ve developed a safe way to quickly cut thin strips of equal thickness on a tablesaw. First, plane a piece of scrap that equals the thickness of the strips you need plus the thick-ness of the saw blade kerf. Cut the scrap piece into short blocks and position the fence so the board you’re ripping just grazes the inside edge of the saw blade. Next, attach a stopblock to your fence rail with a clamp so the block touches the fence’s rail bracket. Finally, loosen the fence and add a spacer between the stop block and fence, as shown. Install your feather board and make the first rip. Each added spacer will correctly position the fence for the next rip—no measuring required. —Robert Wilde, Welling, Alberta
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