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    Shop Made TS Alignment Tool

    I'm home sick today but I did manage to mill a couple pieces of scrap to make this handy little guy from Woodsmith Vol 30 / No 179.
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    Last edited by glenn bradley; 05-04-2009 at 06:53 PM.
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    That's great Glenn! I paid 69 bucks for the one I have. I was going to build one a few years back and put the dial indicator I used for setting up differentials when I turned wrenches but I found that for some reason I had cut the mounting boss off the back. I think is was just in the way for the way I was using it. At 69 bucks the one I got came with a new dial indicator so got me up and going a little faster.
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    Glen,
    That would great on my saw It's out of wack. Can you post some pics on how the indicator is held to the jig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Beland View Post
    Can you post some pics on how the indicator is held to the jig.
    Sure. Here you go. The dial is fastened off center to keep the knob from getting in the way of the touch-rod. This is not always an issue so feel free to do it anyway you like. It is important that the piece that the dial fastenes to makes contact with the table top. That is, the piece that sets in the miter slot should not be able to touch bottom.
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    Glen,
    Thank you much. Anybody have any ideas on how accurate the HF ones are?

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    Chuck,

    I don't know for sure how accurate the HF unit is. I hate to say this, but, I never thought to check it. I am sure my physics and chem professors are all rolling over in their graves because of this lack of checking. However, I have been using one (HF) for years to line up the TS, etc. It seems to work fine.

    I am pretty sure Glenn's is also from HF.

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    There was a problem with a bow in my TS fence and I came up with this jig to work out the shims. It worked well to check the blade/t-slot parallelism to. I already had a Grizzly boxed dial indicator set, very reasonable at $22 http://grizzly.com/products/Magnetic...-Special/G9849

    I used some scrap maple, three flat head machine screws for a solid contact in the t-slot and inset a cap screw and knob to clamp the dial indicator in a fitted slot. The jig I made isn't as versatile as Glenn's, but it's solid.

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    Last edited by Dan Gonzales; 05-08-2009 at 08:28 AM.
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