What a frustrating day!
As I may have mentioned, I am in the beginning stages of making a 5"x7"x4" maple box to store the ashes of our dog who we had to have laid away a couple of weeks ago. The box will have edge miters with reinforcing keys.
Today, I decided to get my table saw all set up to cut true. Yeah, right!!! Spent a couple of hours this morning trying to adjust the miter gauge to be square to the blade/miter slot. First it would be off in one direction, I'd make another test cut, without any adjustment, and it would be correct, then with another cut - off in the other direction. There is a tiny bit of side-to-side slop, but I would guess it is less an 1/128". Just don't know - maybe I'm trying to be too precise. I have come to the conclusion that I definitely need an aftermarket miter gauge, but don't have the $$$ for it at this time. Finally got it close (as in just a smidgeon of light showing when I check it with a square). I'm sure it will be different the first time I test it tomorrow.
So then this afternoon I tried to set the 90 and 45 deg miter stops for a true 90/45 degrees. The 90 deg stop only took a couple of cuts. However the 45 deg. stop was another exercise in futility. Well, not quite but it sure seemed that way for a while. I must have cut 8 ft. of scraps (MDF, dimensional lumber) before I got it real close. Oh, for a digital angle gauge!!!
Anyone need a bucket of 1-3-inch scraps for the stove?
Just before I came back upstairs from the shop, I heard a "sprang" from the table saw. Hmmmm, bet it isn't cutting 45 deg. when I check it again tomorrow morning before I start cutting the edge miters on the box.
Anyway, another day in the life....