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Questions tagged [tolerance]

The family of measurements that encompass whether a piece is square, plumb, proud or shy, even or straight. Essentially, is the finished product an accurate production based on the planned project.

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What are the considerations for different guide materials in a sled jig?

I'm slowly gathering accessories for my table saw. Most of the sled plans I've seen have wooden rails to slide in the table grooves. But I've also seen some metal rails and I wonder if they wouldn't ...
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How do I cut a 45 degree bevel on a table saw with consistent dimensions?

I tried making consistent 45 degree bevels to create a cube. Cutting all edges of 6 perfect squares on the table saw with blade tilted. I also used a guide. But, regardless, there were slight ...
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Best way to drill a concentric hole with a lathe

I'm new to turning and recently decided to make some pepper mills. Starting with squareish stock I roughed the pieces to round and then started drilling several concentric holes of different sizes ...
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What level of inaccuracy is considered tolerable for a miter saw?

I have a brand new skil 12" double bevel compound miter saw. The fence is aligned properly - It creates a perfect 90% angle with the blade when set to 0 degrees. however, if I set it to 45 degrees on ...
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Accurately cutting large (4x8) stock to size

I'm making a worktable using pre-laminated melamine on particleboard, and have just finished 'adjusting' the size for the 3rd or so time. The tabletop came slightly over 4x8 (and not at all square). ...
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How accurate does 'square' have to be in your project? What is acceptable? [closed]

Please provide some context, some helpful hints, and other information if you can! I have two projects that are making me think this: When you make frames with a homemade jig, it is often the case ...
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Coping with uneven table saw table and inconsistent cut depth

What is the best way to cope with a table saw that has an uneven table? I noticed inconsistent cut depths with my table saw so did some test cuts on a piece of oak known to be straight and measured ...
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Caliper Showdown: Dial vs. Digital vs. Vernier

I recently purchased a digital caliper to make more precise measurements than a basic variety vernier and it works great. I wanted them to measure the width of my table saw for making my sled runners. ...
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What is an accurate and safe way to piece together wood with a rhombus cross section?

I am interested in making a bunch of Penrose tiles. Please note that the triangles and half circle on the figures shouldn't be there, they are for alignment purposes only. One of the tiles is a ...
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My jigsaw is terrible at cutting vertically through a simple 2x4

I made some Canexican saw horses for a friend. I liked the design feature that made it so the 2x4 sat in a perfect recess and could be changed out easily. I was cutting the angles with the jigsaw, ...
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How can I cut a 90 degree angle with a table saw?

Before I start I would like to offer the obvious solution is to use some sort of sled, like a crosscut, that would give the perpendicular fence that would allow the cut. The problem with that is I was ...
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Perfect miters every time

I'm using a table saw to make picture frames with mitered corners. It turns out that even tiny inaccuracies in the miter angle or the lengths of the frame pieces cause gaps that make a frame look ...
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How do I accurately cut a board exactly in half?

This might be a silly question, but how do I accurately measure, mark and cut a board perfectly in half on a miter saw? I know that if I want to cut a board of a specific length, I would mark that ...
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How do I avoid tearout when planing end-grain? [duplicate]

I am making a birdhouse and wanted to ensure that the two sloped sides of the box were the same height so the top flap would sit flat on both sides. I grabbed a block plane to do this and had really ...