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Thread: Riping Bevals on a table saw

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Bloomington MN USA

    Riping Bevals on a table saw

    Just would like to know how most of you rip bevals on a table saw? If the blade tilts to the right,do you have the rip fence to the right or the left of the blade? I have found that if I have the fence to the right on a 45* rip when putting the beval on both sides of the board,the thin edge wants to creep under the fence. So I have been putting the fence to the left of the blade so the thin edge is in better contact with the fence. Is this a safe practice or am I an accident witing to happen.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    RETIRED(!) in Austintown, Ohio
    When I had a right-tilt saw, I did it the way you describe - fence to the left. I was never comfortable trapping the offcut between the blade and the fence.

    Now, I have a left-tilt saw (Shop Fox Cabinet Saw) and am much more comfortable cutting bevels with it.
    Jim D.
    Adapt, Improvise, Overcome!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    off cut away from fence,, to many chances for trouble the other way
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    somewhere east of Queen Creek, AZ - South East of Phoenix
    When I rip bevel on my right tilt Jet I have the fence on the left or away from the way the blade is tilted. This is much safer as I found out the hard way the other way you are asking for a kickback. Thank goodness I alwas stand to the side...
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    From what I read between the lines your bevel is small enough to try to slide/fit between the table and fence? If so, turning the board over and reposition fence so the bevel is up it will ride on the fence without sliding under. Clear as mud? That is what I do. Might not be correct, but it has worked for me. So two fences on the saw and you can cut one side then the other on both sides of the blade.

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