Tip of the DayDaily woodworking tips to improve your accuracy, better organize your shop, make your tools work harder, and help you work safer. Stop back daily for more woodworking tips from the editors at WOOD magazine and our enthusiastic readers.
Set up your saw for bevels
A number of variables come into play when youâ€™re ripping bevels that need to mate perfectly. If youâ€™re having trouble making a set of bevels align top to bottom, rule out the most obvious causes first. Check your saw alignment by first making the blade parallel with the tableâ€™s miter slot. Then check the fence to ensure itâ€™s parallel with the miter slot, and therefore the blade. Use a drafting triangle (or sliding T-bevel for less common angles) to set the bevel angle of your blade; then lock the bevel handwheel in place. Cut test pieces from scrap to check for joint gaps, and fine-tune the angle. With your tablesaw in order, next make sure youâ€™ve machined all stock flat, straight, and square.
For controlled bevel cuts, attach a hold-down to your fence, where shown. On each pass, use a featherboard to hold the stock snugly against the fence. On the second pass, the hold-down will help prevent the beveled edge from climbing up the side of the fence.
To keep the workpiece from shifting as you cut, use both a feather-board on your saw table and a hold-down clamped to the fence.
â€”from the WOODÂ® shop
Search For Tips