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Workshop tip: Dial in your tablesaw jigs by adding a ruler to the rip fence

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Taped-on ruler eliminates the math when the fence's indicator is offset.

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Like all rip fences, mine comes with a handy scale on the support bar, letting me make cuts without measuring. But when I use a jig that rides against the fence, the cuts are offset and the scale no longer reads correctly, leaving me to either add the offset to the ruler reading or locate cuts by trial and error. To use tablesaw jigs with no math—speeding things up and reducing the chance for error—I set the fence and jig for a cut of zero inches, and then tape an additional ruler under the fence’s indicator.

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Illustrations by Dan Thornton From Fine woodworking issue #291

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