The table saw is the heart of most woodworking shops. Is your table saw setup correctly? If not, it could be inaccurate, provide poor cut quality and, most importantly, be unsafe. This class will take you through the steps required to make sure your cabinet saw is correctly aligned.

You’ll need a few supplies in order to check your saw. A felt tip marker, in order mark a distinct contact point on the blade. To make the check you can use a 1/4″ dowel, sharpened to a point, or a dial indicator. You can pick up dial indicators for table saw set up from woodworking specialty stores. The goal is to make the table saw blade parallel to the miter gauge slot. After that we’ll make the fence parallel to the slot, making the fence parallel to the blade.

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  • Charles Emery

    George, your video on aligning the table saw top to the blade is a good one and I have a Saw Stop like yours. I noticed however that you have a different throat plate then the one in my saw, did you make it or did you purchase it? If so where or how did you get it?

    • George Vondriska

      My saw is one of the originals…purchased in 2007. The throat plate with the lock down on the front is new and, I believe, is reverse compatible to my saw. I don’t know if they make the old style versions any more.

      • Charles Emery

        Thanks George for the responce. I really enjoy your WWGOA it is amazing!

  • mike barnwell

    George- Rather than using the “touch” method to align the fence to the miter slot, why aren’t you using the dial indicator again?

    • Customer Service

      In regards to your question, George said that “the dial indicator is a great choice for setting the fence to the miter gauge slot. I was simply showing an alternative method”.

  • Samuel Marrero-Vargas

    Thank you for this informaion. My table will be more acurete.

  • John Patrick

    George, a good easy procedure explanation. Two questions: 1) where can I fine the jig or similar kind the fit miter slot you use with the dial indicator? 2) Any reason not to use a 3/4in. piece of MDF in the miter slot to align the fence? Because of the bevel on slot edges not comfortable with us in touch.

  • Mike Robinson

    Hi George. Great video, thanks for putting it out. Do you check your blade for runnout before measuring? If your blade has a 2 or 3 thousandths runnout could that alter your measurements, or is the blade simply working like a wobble dado and have no effect? I always “assumed” my blades were flat and true, but when I checked one just for grins it was .002″ out to begin with. Stack that up with a .003″ difference on the miter slot and there’s suddenly a .005 difference.

    • Customer Service

      Hi, Mike! At about 3:00, I put a mark on the saw blade. Every time I measure, I measure to that spot. That eliminates any variability that could come from blade run out.

      • Mike Robinson

        OK George turn me a dunce cap out of ipe. Of course, by turning the blade your point of reference is constant, even if you have a half inch of runout. Duh. Not sure why it didn’t click before. Thanks for answering a stupid question.

  • Edward Straub

    the problem I have is that my saw was the one they had on the Santa Maria with Columbus, and I isn’t not able to afford and updated one. Mine was purchased from sears and Robuck in 1985, I need to get the adjustments for it, for the legs tool I don’t know where to gots them