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It's one of those "no dumb question" things I suppose but I do woner about something concerning the alighment of the fence on my TS.

Like most of us I use a dial indicator to aligh the blade with the miter slot in the table top and get this alighment to about .001" of an inch, but I can't get the fence to that same level of aligment.

My question is this. Why is it not as important to align the fence with the blade. I do admit that there is not a problem with a long rip with the fence not in perfect alighment with the blade and this is probably another of my nit picking questions but I have just been wondering about it. Maybe I'm not trying hard ehough with the alighment of the fence and should try harder, About .010" of error of the fence's aiighment has been the best that I have been able to achieve.

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You want the blade parallel with the miter slots for miters obviously. Also for using sleds. You should be able to get the fence aligned accurately too but I don't know if the dial gauge is the best way to do it. The cut it makes may be the best indicator. If you have teeth marks from the rear of the blade on either side of a rip cut then the fence needs adjusting as the blade is "heeling". No contact with the rear of the blade means the fence is lined up.

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I agree with Charles. At .01 you are closer than 1/64 which is pretty good in woodworking. Obviously if you can get it closer then that's better but I wouldn't sweat it if that is as close as you can do.
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I use the miter slot to align the fence and usually don't even bother with measuring it. I made a little alignment tool that rides in the miter slot and has an adjustable arm at 90 degrees from the slot. Tweak the fence so the alignment tool just touches at the front and back of the track. In a pinch you can just align the fence to the slot itself. This of course assumes that the blade is aligned to the miter slot as well.
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Jerry I intentionally have the fence to the blade with about .006 to .01 runout to avoid kick back . Didn't have very good luck perfectly parallel.

The blade to the miter slot on mine was .0002 from the factory paper work , and I confirmed that

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Good answers, thanks guys, makes sense that the critical issue is for cuts with the sled or miter gauge. My rip cuts are just fine, I was just wondering and now I know and will not spend any more time thinking about that issue.

The new scroll saw that Herb gave me arrived this afternoon, will be working on setting it up and start to learn how to drive it tomarrow.

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Jerry I intentionally have the fence to the blade with about .006 to .01 runout to avoid kick back . Didn't have very good luck perfectly parallel.

The blade to the miter slot on mine was .0002 from the factory paper work , and I confirmed that
2/10,000" ,Rick, Oh my Gawd, I would have sent it back and demanded one that was 1/1000" off. LOL

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2/10,000" ,Rick, Oh my Gawd, I would have sent it back and demanded one that was 1/1000" off. LOL

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Yeah, some of the stuff send out from the factory s pretty sloppy and we just have toput up with it.


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You beat me to it, Herb! The machinists in the crowd will be jealous.
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