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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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