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Joel J

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09-05-2020 09:45 PM

I have a right tilt Unisaw and I am needing to make several white oak threshholds (transition between white oak floor and tile). Several of the cuts need to be slight tapers going from 3/4” to 1/4” over about an inch and a half. The only way I can think of making that cut on my tablesaw is to put the Unifence on the left side of the blade. Is there any problem with this? It doesn’t seem “not safe” but I may not be imagining this correctly. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

-- Joel, Denver, CO


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#1 posted 09-05-2020 09:58 PM

Just so we are on the same page, as long as the blade isn’t tilted towards the fence you should be OK.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#2 posted 09-05-2020 10:01 PM



Just so we are on the same page, as long as the blade isn t tilted towards the fence you should be OK.

- Andybb


Correct. Blade would then be tilted away from the fence.

-- Joel, Denver, CO

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#3 posted 09-05-2020 10:08 PM

I’ve done this a few times with my unisaw it works fine

-- always something

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#4 posted 09-05-2020 10:48 PM

I’ve done it a lot over the last 30 years. Safe, but it’s uncomfortable…. Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson) www.woodturnerstools.com

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#5 posted 09-05-2020 10:57 PM

When I taught woodworking both powermatic tablesaw were right tilt and my high school students had no problems.

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#6 posted 09-06-2020 02:58 PM

I do that frequently (with my Biesmeyer type fence). Safe enough and easy, but not sure what issues can pop up with a unifence.

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#7 posted 09-06-2020 03:20 PM

Can you make the piece from a wider piece, say 3” or so so there is some extra that will be above the blade to help keep it tight against the fence. If I’m thinking of this correctly, when the blade is tipped away from the fence, the narrow part will be on the bottom.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#8 posted 09-06-2020 04:32 PM

That’s the way I would (and did) do it, it does feel awkward but works just fine.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#9 posted 09-06-2020 04:56 PM



I do that frequently (with my Biesmeyer type fence). Safe enough and easy, but not sure what issues can pop up with a unifence.

- splintergroup

You just have to move the Unifence extrusion to the right side of the fence head. Takes less than a minute.

-- Andy - Arlington TX

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#10 posted 09-06-2020 05:15 PM

Yes it will work, some saws will allow it with the extrusion, some not. As another pointed out it may feel uncomfortable. I am lefty so doesn’t matter. The extrusion for my saw doesn’t matter I have two contractor saws bolted together, can use either saw to do this task.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#11 posted 09-06-2020 08:30 PM



Can you make the piece from a wider piece, say 3” or so so there is some extra that will be above the blade to help keep it tight against the fence. If I m thinking of this correctly, when the blade is tipped away from the fence, the narrow part will be on the bottom.

- EarlS


Earl, the overall width of the threshhold will be approximately 6” so I need to cut a tapered edge on each side of the piece. The narrow part will be on the bottom as you indicated above. Thanks.

-- Joel, Denver, CO

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#12 posted 09-06-2020 08:31 PM

Sounds like all are in agreement with this method….thanks to all for the input!

-- Joel, Denver, CO

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#13 posted 09-10-2020 07:28 PM

If your fence is aligned with the miter slot, it’s fine to switch your fence to the other side of the blade. Some people toe out the end of their fences a little further from the blade. That can cause a problem when they put the fence on the other side, as it is then toed in closer to the blade in the back. In your case with the blade tilted the problem may not be as severe, but it’s something to check.

-- Alan in Wisconsin

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