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#1 posted 02-07-2008 01:57 AM

All good posts but you should FIRST check the blade’s alignment with the miter slot. If that’s okay THEN check the fence alignment with the slots. You can do all this with a 6” machinist’s combi square. Just make sure and register on the plate and NOT on a tooth. Get the blade-slot relationship dead-on and follow that up by making sure the fence-slot is perfect and Voila!

You mention allowing for toe-out with your final alignment, if you do make it slim, less than a 64th of an inch BUT with a caveat, a slight offset at the back of the fence won’t save you from kickback. A better solution is to install a riving knife or one of the aftermarket splitters. If you’re ripping into reaction wood, you NEED a splitter/riving knife to circumvent the inevitable pinch behind the spinning blade.

Also, not mentioned here but another must-have for safety are zero clearance throat plates. Make your own or buy them, you’ll be glad you did. And don’t forget to incorporate push sticks, sleds, et al to keep your hands away from that blade. Good luck.

always, J.C.

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