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Posted on Wood drifts away from table saw fence at end

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#1 posted 12-19-2018 06:42 AM

Align the blade to the table miter slot, then align the fence to the blade. You Tube Videos on both

- Jack Lewis

I had some similar pulling away issues, though the pinching/burning is more common. When tilting my blade to 45, the motor support hit something. Not realizing it, I cranked hard and ended up shifting the whole blade/arbor/tilt mechanism, so the arbor was no longer in line with the slots or fence. I had to loosen the bolts holding all of it to the underside of the table to re-allign it, and tighten it all back up. If your miter slots don’t align with each other, you have to choose one to be the true reference, then align both blade and fence to the reference slot. I aligned my fence to the slot, then the blade to the fence. This is a fairly easy tune up, whenever you notice any drifting or pinching. Sounds like you probably already knew that though…

Seems like if the blade is angled away from the fence, running a piece through, while cutting off only half a blade thickness (no cutoff on the other side of the blade to pull it away) should come out parallel, and not pull away from the fence. But you should see a gap between the back of the blade and the piece while cutting, as the teeth will only contact in the front.

If neither of these, then I suspect either the table top, fence, or wood being cut would seem to be warped. Another thought would be flex in the arbor mount, but that seems unlikely.

Could an aligned blade, with an unequal ATB sharpening pull a board one way or another, like a band saw does with unequally set teeth?


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