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I was cutting some repetitive pieces on my TS. Had the fence set up dead on for the length I wanted. Put a short fence on and started cutting. You know the rest of the story, the pieces were too short. And by an amazing coincidence they were short the exact thickness of the short fence. I really hate doing dumb things.
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That's still better than not using the fence and have one of the pieces jamb up and get thrown at you.
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Been there, done that.
I have a short fence planed to exactly 1 inch thickness with holes in the edge to accept Rockler's fence clamps. I drew a numeral 1 and arrows on the edge of the fence with a magic marker to help me remember to add one inch to the saw scale. It works . . . most of the time.
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I use 1-2-3 blocks for my short fence and that usually reminds me to measure accordingly.
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I was cutting some repetitive pieces on my TS. Had the fence set up dead on for the length I wanted. Put a short fence on and started cutting. You know the rest of the story, the pieces were too short. And by an amazing coincidence they were short the exact thickness of the short fence. I really hate doing dumb things.
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Looks like I am in good company.
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Thanks for sharing that Bill. I feel better about the multitude of errors I have made!
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You must be really organised, you already have parts cut for your next project to their exact length and you haven't even drawn the plans yet. Is it a smaller version of what you are working on right now?

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I use 1-2-3 blocks for my short fence and that usually reminds me to measure accordingly.
I do the same thing.

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A lot of us have never worked in a machine shop, so haven't the foggiest of what a 123 block is. I didn't, until a couple months ago, when a couple, including variations, were part of a garage sale score.

What I now know: A 123 block is a piece of iron cut one inch thick, two inches wide and three inches long. Because they are used in setting up precision cuts for milling and such, they are dimensioned to fine tolerances in their measurements, including the squareness of the sides to each other.


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