Rip Fence Gauge

Since I don't trust the ripping gauge on the rail of my table saw, I used to check the distance between my rip fence and my saw blade with a tape measure.

But trying to hold the end of the tape against the rip fence and adjust it at the same time took more coordination than

you can create shoulders for six, eight, or twelve-sided "cylinders."

For eight-sided cylinders, the dado blade is tilted 45°, see Fig. 1. You'll have to "sneak up" on the final height of the blade by making test cuts until the pieces fit together evenly.

The dado set is tilted 30° for both six and twelve-sided cylinders. But the height of the blade is different for each. For a hexagon, the blade is raised so if s level with the thickness of the workpiece, see Fig. 2.

For a twelve-sided cylinder, the dado blade is raised a bit higher, see Fig. 3. (Again,you'll have to "sneak up" on the final height by making test pieces.)

Edward Lesny Camp Hi/1, Pennsylvania

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I could muster. So instead I made a simple set-up gauge for my rip fence.

My set-up gauge consists of nothing more than a block of hardwood and a 12"-long steel rule, see drawing at left.

I simply cut a shallow dado across the bottom edge of the block to hold the rule. Then I epoxied the

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Thickness of stock

Editor's Note: If you have a steel rip fence, you could Glenn Shiels use small magnets to hold NeuviUe, Quebec the gauge to your fence.

Thickness of stock rule into the dado so that it was flush with the edge (face) of the block.

To use the gauge, I just clamp it to the rip fence see photo. This way, the gauge moves along with the fence as I adjust it, leaving me with both hands free to align the fence.

Editor's Note: If you have a steel rip fence, you could Glenn Shiels use small magnets to hold NeuviUe, Quebec the gauge to your fence.

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