Setting up machinery at your workshop or a client’s workshop? Here are few tools that will ease the process.
Setting up machinery requires an accurate measurement of specifications, space and alignment. If these things are not taken care of, the machine may not perform at their best. Here are some tools that should help you with your machinery setups.
Combination square is a multifunction tool that can be found in many Woodworking stores. It is used to scribe a line across the wood stock. Its head alone offers multiple features. You can set it to 45/90 degrees on a mitre gauge; table saw blade or a jointer fence.
It can also be used to check distance from router bit and router table fence when the head is locked into its position.
Combination squares are available from several brands at a range of prices. Generally the price of a combination square is a good indication of its quality. Starrett 12″ model is the one used in most of the wood shops.
This tool is an absolute necessity in your Woodworking toolbox.
Because not every angle measurement amount of 45/90 degrees.
With adjustable triangle, you can measure angle between 45 and 90 degrees.
4″ Engineer’s square
It is a tiny little tool that will easily fit in your apron’s pocket. It is much smaller in size than regular square and thus can be used to check hard to reach work piece edges. An engineer’s square is a fine to tool to have while setting up machines. It can also fit below or a band saw or a miter saw blade guard.
Due to aging and moving machine around often, a signification defect in alignment occurs at the surface of machine. The plane surfaces of machine become uneven. For example, tables and extension wings sag due to rigorous use. A long straightedge proves quite beneficial in spotting these alignment issues before they interfere with performance of the machine.
Pro Tip: Use a long metal rule along with long straightedge to uncover gaps and irregularities under its narrow edge
Dial indicators are tools that will help you get superfine measurements. It shows increments as small as 1/1000″. These tools are used in machines where absolute precision is of more importance. Dial indicators come at a variety of prices, but if you are a hobbyist, you can decide to go for a cheap one.
Pro Tip: Buy a Super bar to get more accurate readings from your dial indicator
For taking measurements and taking setups that provide longer and truer surface than a saw blade, alignment plates should be used. Alignment plate can be mounted in place of saw blade of a table saw, mitre saw or even radial-arm saw for accurate measurements.