Aug 06 , 2014

Measuring Tips and Techniques for DIYers

1-in. Stop Block for Multiple Cutoffs

1-in. Stop Block for Multiple Cutoffs

To get furniture-grade crosscuts, you have to use a table saw. When Senior Editor Travis Larson crosscuts a whole pile of short pieces to the same length, he clamps a specially dedicated block of wood to the table saw fence. It's an old standard trick, but the difference is that his block is laminated for easy sliding, and more important, it's exactly 1 in. thick. He clamps the block on the fence and adjusts the table saw fence gauge to the desired length, plus 1 in., and saws the pieces. The 1-in. thickness eliminates any head-scratching and mistakes from using any old scrap block. For safety, he positions the block so the workpiece he's cutting loses contact with the block before the cut begins. That all but eliminates any chance of kickback.

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