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Offline onevw

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Table saw cross cut T SQ alignment
« on: April 01, 2020, 03:10 PM »

I have owned many Table saws. Some have had near-perfect T square alignment to the blade some have not been so aligned.

My question is if you use a quality square should the blade align at a neat perfect 90 degree to the T square.

I.e. if you place a square on the T square fence and move it up against the front tooth edge when the blade is fully extended should the rear tooth edge be touching the square, (Close to perfect 90 degrees to the T square fence)  or should it toe out a small amount sat 1 to 2 Thousand?

Which is better for 90 degree cut and safety in mind

FYI, I am using my Festool CMS TS-55 table saw insert with a sliding table.

Any comments and thoughts will be nice




Rick




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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Table saw cross cut T SQ alignment
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2020, 03:29 PM »
Using a miter gauge in a slot in a table saw requires compromises between cut quality and squareness. You can’t get a truly square cut (in the miter direction) unless the slot is parallel to the blade, but that will result in scoring of the already cut edge as the leading edge of the work passes the back of the blade.

Since you are using a sliding table it should be possible to set the sliding table’s guide rail to run a little away from the blade avoiding the scoring of the already cut work.

Offline Mark_tradesman

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Re: Table saw cross cut T SQ alignment
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2021, 02:17 AM »
Has anybody in this group had any experience with SawStop table saws? I know that Festool owns them, so I'm guessing I'm okay to post the question here.

I'm hoping to hear from a few other craftsman on their experience with SawStop saws for some articles I'm putting together: https://tradesmanskill.com/best-hybrid-table-saws/ and https://tradesmanskill.com/best-cabinet-table-saw/

Offline ChuckS

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Re: Table saw cross cut T SQ alignment
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2021, 08:54 AM »
What do you need to know in particular about the SawStop?

By the way, please do not use that opening photo in your articles . That's a dangerous kickback-prone way of making such a cross cut with the rip fence (the stock is wider than it's long).

Make that kind of cut on a cross-cut sled or with a miter gauge.
« Last Edit: January 22, 2021, 09:00 AM by ChuckM »

Offline Joebuck

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Re: Table saw cross cut T SQ alignment
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2021, 09:14 AM »
What do you need to know in particular about the SawStop?

By the way, please do not use that opening photo in your articles . That's a dangerous kickback-prone way of making such a cross cut with the rip fence (the stock is wider than it's long).

Make that kind of cut on a cross-cut sled or with a miter gauge.

I agree with Chuck M. That photo is crazy dangerous. And yes, what information do you want about Saw Stop other than I hope you are using one will making the cut in that photo.