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Setting Your Router Bits and Table Saw with a Combinations Square
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Setting up square crosscuts with a combination square To set up your square crosscuts, set a combination square against your miter gauge and the saw plate.

Setting up for individual cuts often calls a combination square into play — on the table saw, router table and many other tools.

For square crosscuts, set the miter gauge square to the blade. Set the combination square's blade against the miter gauge and the square head flat against the saw plate.

Adjusting a miter gauge using a combo square You can use the angle settings on your combination square to set the angle of your miter gauge cuts.

Adjust the miter gauge for a 45° cut using just the head of the combination square. Just take the blade out and put the head on the fence and the blade. Avoid the saw’s teeth.

Measuring router bit height with a combination square A combination square can help you measure the height of your router bit, keeping your hands free for adjustments.

Thanks to the square head’s broad edge, a combination square stands on its own beside a router bit, freeing your hands to adjust the bit up or down.

posted on October 1, 2008 by Woodworker's Journal
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