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 Blade Depth Setting Jig

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Dik Harrison

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PostSubject: Blade Depth Setting Jig   March 10th 2009, 9:49 pm

This thread was originally posted on SMC.

I got tired of getting down so I could set the blade depth before using my PBB. I came up with this jig that lets me set the height quickly to within an 1/8" of the material thickness. I hot-glued these blocks to the auxiliary fence on my Biesemeyer fence. Now it only takes seconds to set the blade height and lock it in. The markings indicate the material thickness. I just loosen the depth locking lever, set the Smart Base flat on the top surface over the appropriate block, and with the teeth touching the block, lock in the setting.



Burt Wadell Posted:

Dik,

Another illustration of the beauty of simplicity. I'll be making one of these.

This is a super useful addition.


Burt


Dan Regan Posted:

Indeed, nice and simple, I may just make a copy of that for myself as well. Nice work!

Joseph N. Myers Posted:

Dik,

Really nice and functional! Does this mean that you are going to have other blocks to set the height of the Guide Rail to go along with the corresponding depth of cut? (Or am I missing something!)

Regards, Joe

Randal Stevenson Posted:

On one of my saws, it was mainly used for 3/4" material. I marked the gaurd with a permanant marker, when set to the right depth, for a quick reference line (as the other setting used, just cut through a 2x).

Dik Harrison Replied:

Another idea

Joe, I just converted my B-200 to a B-300, so I can raise the rail higher than this saw can cut, without adjusting the bridge. So, I have more or less permanently mounted the bridge. I moved it back further from the table edge so I can set up for M/T. I think it as about 7-8" back from the edge now.

I got to thinking last night about the depth jig, and realized that since it is on my auxiliary fence, it would not always be available (I store the fence in a rack I put along one side of the PBB). So I thought of putting it on a piece of ply or MDF that I can mount on the SME on the table edge in front of the rail. All I have to do then is set the saw on the table top over the correct block and... The top of the base of the jig will be indexed to the top of the table so that the depth will be correct.

With this setup, I can move the jig to where ever it would work best given how the PBB is configured. I guess I could also fix it to mount back on the auxiliary fence. I did a quick drawing of my idea.



Mark Kosmowski Posted:

Very nice!

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PostSubject: Re: Blade Depth Setting Jig   March 11th 2009, 12:38 pm

This is a great idea that I forgot all about. It's not only very functional but it can be made from the cheapest scraps that everyone has laying around their shop. I noticed that the blade depth numbers on the Sketchup drawing are backwards. Left to right goes from 1/8" to 1 1/4" when it should be like the photograph and go the other way.

Regardless, I'm really glad to see so many of these excellent ideas being posted on the REAL EZ Smart forum. Cool It's inspiring me to get the ol' woodworking juices flowing more freely again.

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PostSubject: Re: Blade Depth Setting Jig   March 11th 2009, 2:30 pm

Bruce,

I actually have come up with another one. It is just a tapered piece of 3/4" ply that I put connectors on and fasten to the side of the PBB. You then just empirically determine the setting points and mark th em. Much easier to make, no little pieces to glue,screw on. I'll see if I can't get some pics of it. But first, I need to mark the setting points darker so they will show up in the pics.

Okay, just one pic is enough.


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PostSubject: Re: Blade Depth Setting Jig   March 11th 2009, 4:37 pm

That looks like it will work well and with less hassle. Too many times I've been too lazy to double check the blade depth more than just sort of eyeballing it. That also means that there are too many overly deep cuts into my tables. Embarassed Rolling Eyes What is needed is a simple and convenient method of quickly checking/setting the blade depth. There are quite a few ways to accomplish this and I even kept a little box of pieces of scrap from different thicknesses to check the blade depth. But it's easy to lose and even easier to accidentally dump over and it's also kind of inconvenient to use. Thanks again for the tip.

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PostSubject: Re: Blade Depth Setting Jig   March 11th 2009, 5:33 pm

Dik Harrison wrote:
Bruce,

I actually have come up with another one. It is just a tapered piece of 3/4" ply . . .
I thought the first idea was good, but this works at least as well and is a lot easier to build.
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