Captain's Table

Mark Austen

2021.05.28 - Adjusting the Table Saw

There are many videos on the InterWeb showing how the adjust a table sawed why. There are even a few specifically for the table saw I have, which makes life easy. So I'll not into detail about how to do it as it is of no interest unless you need to carry out the procedure.

This is my table saw with the back panel removed.

And these are the two hex-bolts that need to be loosened. You can get to them without removing the panel, but you can't tap the mechanism with a mallet. So I loosened the bolts, tapped in the appropriate place and nothing happened. The mechanism stayed right where it was. Eventually I loosened the two matching hex-bolts at the front of the saw and then I could make the adjustment. I got it as good as I could without building a dial-gauge based jig, but I don't have all the parts for that right now, so it will have to wait. Nevertheless, it is better than it was.

Having tightened the bolts and put the back cover on, I turned my attention to how to adjust the level of the table saw bed to be flush with the workbench. Here you can see that I have removed the old support.

I used various parts of the old bed to make a new skeleton bed. The two pieces you can see running front to back will allow me to put the back feet of the saw onto the front of the bed and then slide it into place. These fore and aft supports have another piece underneath at right angles like the two cross members to increase the carrying capacity. The two raised pieces at the back of the bed are there to prevent the saw from sliding too far. The probably won't be necessary but it doesn't hurt to put them in place.

Having screwed the new bed together I put the table saw on it to check the fit. I'll not glue anything in place for the moment in case I need to take it apart to modify it in some way. This is the side view of the saw and bed and you can see the strengthening braces under the supports along which the saw will slide.

The front view.

And a view showing the saw up against one of the rear stops. So far, so good.

Tomorrow I shall turn my hand to the workbench and put in the supports upon which the new bed will rest and the adjusters that will allow each corner of the bed to be raised or lowered a little so that the surface of the saw can be made flush with the the surface of the workbench.

But for now, I'm done and it's time to finish.