Just figuring it out
Join Date: Dec 2019
Location: El Dorado Hills, CA, USA
Table saw accuracy
I'm making sort of an art piece for my father, and really trying to dial in the accuracy of these pieces. Thus far, it's 90% table saw work, and by the time I drew it up (to scale) with 1mm spacing between the keys, width of dado cutouts of numbers like 6.5mm, I realize I may be at the limit of my (current) accuracy levels. I'm making test cuts, moving the fence a hair, measuring the result with a caliper, etc. Once I get it as close as I can, I make all the cuts of that size. It's going ok, but boy if I screw up one of these keys, getting the saw set to the same spot later is going to be a project. And it seems like there may be a better way.
So I was wondering if folks have any tips for this kind of thing. I see there's a product from Wixey that allows you to dial in a measurement and set the fence very accurately... any feedback on those? If I wrote down a measurement, could I come back a week later, just set the fence at 6,5mm and expect it to be "right"? Any other thoughts for cutting to very exacting tolerances?