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#1 posted 09-22-2018 04:33 PM

I had the same issue with the 5 cut method. The act of screwing the fence to the base always seemed to shift the fence. I got mine close enough for my purposes. If I really want square I take it to my shooting board.

One option to fix the sled you just made is to attach another piece of wood to the fence and shim it square.

You have what you have. I assume it a sturdy sled, with a solid rear fence. Take another board, about 3/4” thick and as wide as your fence is tall, and screw it to the inside face of your not-so-square fence. If you apply it straight away, it too will be out of square. But, you can shim one end out until you get it square to the blade, then screw the board down to the fence. Keep adjusting the shims until you’ve got it nicely squared to the blade. You can shim with metal, card stock, or tape; whatever works. Check it occasionally to make sure it’s still square.

You’ll loose a bit of crosscut capacity, but you won’t have to junk the sled you just built.

-- John

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