Squareing The Blade On The Table Saw
Recently my brother who lives in Alaska bought a new Delta lathe and has been turning segmented bowls. He phoned me a few days ago and ask me to glue up some contrasting wood and prepare it for him to turn for me. I went to work on the project and all went well until it was time to cut the pie shaped parts before glueing them together. Getting 45 degee cuts right was not much a problem using the Incra miter gauge, with its fence, stops, and the Express sled. I squared the blade of the saw with my machinist square as best I could. The cuts had to be 2.75" deep to cut through the work piece. In order to get the faces square so that they could be joined, the blade had to cut dead on square. However, my set up was off and caused me to have keep tweeking the blade and then checking the cuts by placeing two faces together and checking the fit. After several tweeks I finally got the the blade set so that the faces of the cuts were coming out square and everything glued up to my satisfacton.
What I am wondering is if the tool that i see being sold with a digital read out for setting the angle on the saw blade is accurate enough to be of value. Then of course there is the issue that even though the blade is dead on, it may not cut perfectly square do to pressure be applied to only one side of the workpiece when the deep cuts are made. Any advise or comments on the issue?
Colorado City, TX