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Question Cast Iron Wings on Table Saw Issue

I recently bought a brand new cast iron contractor table saw. Should the wing extensions be perfectly true with the main table? I tried making adjustments with C clamps but the top of the wings are still not true to the table. I check trueness with a quality 2' level and I am able to see light between the level and the top surfaces. Is this really critical? Thanks.
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post #2 of 8 Old 07-31-2008, 12:39 AM
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I would think the tables should be level all the way across. The sides of the cast iron table or the wings should be slotted just enough to allow you to move the wings up or down to level the whole top. To be honest I have neve checked the three table saws I have to see it they are out. I guess I have been to busy useing them. And They have all cut true.

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Table flatness doesn't need to be as fussy as the fence to blade alignment. If you're eyeballing light under a straight edge, odds are good that you're all set. Most table deviations won't translate into a noticeable discrepancy, but it depends where the variation lies and how big it is. The acid test is to make some test cuts and see.
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It's easy enough to true the wings to the table. Loosen the connecting nuts slightly and, where you see light, tap the wing with a rubber mallet or a piece of wood until the light disappears. Do this process over each bolt hole, recheck for light and tighten nuts.
If the rails have been installed, loosen those nuts too, where needed.

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It's easy enough to true the wings to the table. Loosen the connecting nuts slightly and, where you see light, tap the wing with a rubber mallet or a piece of wood until the light disappears. Do this process over each bolt hole, recheck for light and tighten nuts.
If the rails have been installed, loosen those nuts too, where needed.
Also, it's OK to use thin shims (perhaps a business card or old credit card) between the wings and the table. Put a shim at the top to pitch the outward end of the wing down or at the bottom bring the end of the wing up.
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It would be nice to have them perfectly level, but this isn't a machine tool. A 1/64 of an inch low would not be any problem.....as noted above, alignment of the fence is far more important.

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