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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-19-2017, 08:19 PM
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I suffered from a disease called dial indicatoritis. I used to check alignment all the time and the more I read the more I did it. I was anal. As Doug said above a couple of thou out doesn't matter but I was obsessed. The cure came from a good friend of mine who asked, are you cuts square? Are your rips parallel? Is there any burning? Can you see teeth marks? etc etc. Then put away your dial indicator and make something. My saw was cutting very well, in fact the cuts were joint quality smooth and thanks to him pointing that out I now use the cuts as a guide not an instrument. I remember trying to find out what an acceptable alignment error was. Some sites say zero, which is ridiculous, and others say 3 thou. I started with 2 and tried to get less that that and in fact made it worse. Ended up at 4,may have been 5, and stressed about it but as my friend said your cuts are smooth, parallel, square and accurate. So I'm now acting as a woodwork shrink to anyone suffering from the same disease.

I try to do the best I can do. I have a homemade dial indicator that I think works pretty good. I do have some pretty good squares and measuring devices. I think I have thing about squares and measuring devices. I am to old to have a thing about much else.

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Jim...as Cherryville explained, it is more important that you align with the slot you use...there is no right or wrong side.

Having then aligned your saw it would be good to check parallel with the other slot.
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I had a Wood Shop Teacher, years ago who did it this way. He told us as I remember, him saying, you can align the blade from either side. He then went on to say, the more accurate way is to align it from the fence side. He then would align the fence side. He told us the closer you are to the object your going align, the more accurate you will be. I have always aligned my saw this way. I had to learn all over again how to align the blade.

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He told us the closer you are to the object your going align, the more accurate you will be.
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Very true. You can bring the fence right close to whichever miter slot you want to reference from.

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