I got my Erika 70ec this weekend and so far I've been impressed with the precision and ease of use of the cuts. However since this is my first time using a table saw I'm still getting used to this new way of working. I'm a bit at a loss as to how to measure accurate cross cuts with the stock (short) universal fence.
Suppose I have a piece of wood of 25cm and I have a mark set at 18cm on that piece to cross cut. My fence is also set in the crosscut position. But how do I calibrate/align my fence and how do I align my piece of wood to cut exactly at my mark. Right now I'm just eyeballing it as best I can. Usually I slightly undercut and then sneak up on it until it's perfect. But I feel there has to be a better way?
Do I push the fence edge right up to the blade and use that as the kerf mark? All tips are welcome.
I don't think you are too far off. If you make a lot of cuts your eye will improve until its very natural to get very accurate cuts. If you are working as a hobby then who cares if it initially takes a little longer? I learned on a more conventional saw and was pretty experienced by the time I bought my Erica. I still was a bit unsteady for a little while.
As a general rule, you can get the fence super close to the blade but never let it touch. If you need to get that close you may want to consider making a sacrificial face to put on the fence.
Post by wrightwoodwork on Nov 23, 2019 6:34:32 GMT -5
In your situation if I have a lot of repeat cut of the same size I will usually just eye ball the first cut making sure I'm on the line then just simply put a mark on the fence and all the rest of the pieces I bring to the mark nice and simple. With the mfa fence you can calibrate it to the saw so the sizes are bang on and you don't need to measure and mark prices shorter than 500mm. Which is the fence I use on my 70. Pieces longer I just simply measure 100mm short then put the mark at 100 on the fence. Then the size is bang on even if change the angle of cut. The mfa fence is a worthwhile investment
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