Bruce Kieffer

How to Calibrate a Table Saw Fence

Bruce Kieffer
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Bruce Kieffer is a professional furniture maker who always wants his tools to be as accurate as possible. In this clip, he demonstrates his woodworking technique for calibrating his table saw fence so you can make dead-on cuts every time. A WoodWorker Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.

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5 Responses to “How to Calibrate a Table Saw Fence”

  1. Glenn E. Bindley

    Good Morning Bruce Kieffer; I am need of some Clarification : 1st question: Why would you rip a 2" between the Blade and the Fence? 2nd question: Is what does 24" divided by 5 pieces Equate to? What do you do if it's out of Calibration? How do your fix the Problem?

  2. Craig Pyne

    Although I understand this technique, and that he adjusted the marker to set over the 2" mark on his ruler. It would be nice to see what do, if when measuring the 5 pieces of wood, it doesn't come out to exactly 10"? How do you proceed to set the fence correctly?

  3. Martin Camp

    Dude, I think your Video Editor goofed... 1. You set your fence to 2". 2. You cut your strip. 3. You chopped and measured the 5 pieces, and they came out to exactly perfect at 10". 4. So WHY did you have to move the marker at all after that?


    Just curious why hid didn't remove his gards and run the fence up against the blade and then set "0" on the scale. Each time you change a blade this zero calibration should be done. That's how I do it and it seems pretty accurate.

  5. Gordon Patnude

    I watched the entire video and was really impressed with the technique. Cutting his ripped piece into 5 segments multiplies any error by a factor of 5, which will make it more obvious on the tape when the total width is measured. IMHO, however, he reset the vernier incorrectly, moving it to the outside of the line on the tape which he will have to include each time he sets the fence for any new cut. This may introduce errors when setting measurements other than the major fractions on the tape. Personally, I want the vernier line smack on top of the mark on the tape. Your dominant eye will always reign supreme when reading the vernier, and no other correction will be necessary. Not promoting the product, but my Incra TS III system is pretty dang accurate and consistent to 1/32" with a lot less fussing around, although I do routinely calibrate it before beginning a new project.

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