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post #1 of 4 Old 07-05-2017, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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Table saw measurements

Hello everyone,

I started woodworking few month ago. As I walk my way through it, there is something that I can't figure out. It's surely stupid but I can't find the answer:

when you measure from the blade to the fence, are you taking in account the width of the teeth? I would have thought yes but then saw professionals using a measuring block (let's say a 1/4") then they put it on the flank of the blade. So, the small piece of the teeth is not considerate (or maybe they are using blades where the teeth are flush with the blade IdK)

Thank you for your advice.
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-05-2017, 11:58 PM
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The width of the teeth is called kerf. If you are using a zero-clearance insert, its slot is the same width as the blade kerf. So you can just measure from it to your fence. If you are just using another piece of wood to set the fence, if its longer than the blade, the teeth will offset it from the blade a bit. If they are using a piece smaller than the blade, then yes, they may be losing a tiny bit by half the size the teeth are wider than the blade.
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When using the fence the width of the blade does not come into play, measure from the tip of a tooth that is set toward the fence. Best to try a cut on a bit of scrap material and make any adjustments necessary before cutting good material.

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Thank you for the replies. That's what I thought. I wanted confirmation.

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