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Posted on Wood drifts away from table saw fence at end

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#1 posted 12-18-2018 08:21 AM

The answer will be in your saw fence. All have some manner of adjusting the swing of the fence to align it to the miter gauge slot in the saws top. You will want to find out the name of your fence, or post pictures showing it very clearly, and also where it sits on the fence rail. That is the rail running horizontally across the front, and probably back of the saw. Right at the place where it sits on that rail on the operators side of the saw is where you really need clear pics. Look for any bolts that are visible on top of, under, or maybe even below the rail. There are usually 4 of them, and they will adjust the direction the fence points to.

I think you are saying your fence is veering toward the blade???? If so that can be very dangerous as it can pinch the wood between the fence, and the blade. This pinch can cause kick back, where the wood rides up onto the top of the blade, and comes screaming back at you. Or when the board suddenly isn’t there, and your hands have been pushing forward. Well your hands can very quickly find the blade, which isn’t good. .004 doesn’t sound too much from good, but anything toward the blade is not a good thing. If it’s leading away from the blade, many people set theirs 0.002 out just to keep from any possibility of pinching.

If it is veering toward the blade, DO NOT use the saw UNTIL you fix the fence problem.

If your saw has a riving knife, this is great news. That will mean it’s newer, and a manual can be found. With instruction you can set it up properly.

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