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Blade Alignment

I made this rig to check the alignment of my tablesaw blade with the miter gauge slot. I don’t own a precision dial indicator, so I devised one using an ice pick and a continuity tester.

First, I slid the ice pick forward until it just touched the blade. Then I clamped the pick to the miter gauge. I rotated the blade, moved the miter gauge forward and checked the same spot. The lamp did not light so I inserted feeler gauges until it did. This measured how far the blade was out of alignment.




This story originally appeared in American Woodworker April 1999, issue #72.

April 1999, issue #72

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