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Using a Carpenter's Square to Set Your Table Saw's Crosscuts
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Using a carpenter's square on a table saw You can use your carpenter's square to check the saw's miter gauge for squareness and then rest it against the teeth to check for scale as you cut.

When I need to crosscut several workpieces to an exact length on the table saw, I just reach for my handy carpenter’s square to set up the miter gauge and cuts. It is quick and easy to do, and is a perfect execution of the old woodworker’s bromide, “measure twice, cut once!”

First, I rest it against the blade body (not the teeth) and my miter saw fence to check for squareness. Then, I shift the square so it touches an infeed and outfeed tooth. That way, I can use the square’s scale as a reference to position and lock my stop block for the cutting length I want. Presto! One tool tackles two setup tasks.

posted on December 1, 2007 by Woodworker's Journal
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