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As you face my table saw, the blade tilts to the left. Do I put the fence to the left and then place the board flat or do I stand the board on its edge. How do I know the position of the wood's width from the blade in relation to the edge?
Any help would be appreciated as I am trying to get this ready for a Christmas present for my mother.
Start by tilting your saw table or blade to 15-degrees off perpendicular (in your case, tilted to the left, from 11 O-clock to 5 O-clock). Position your rip fence to the RIGHT of the blade.
Make a wooden sled that's shaped like a lower-case h, except with its hump on the left side and the vertical leg on the right. The inside dimensions of this hump should match the thickness and height of your rip fence.
Position the sled over the rip fence and mount your panel to it with clamps...or with screws from the back side (CAUTION: Be sure no screws are in a line with the sawblade when cutting)
Adjust your fence position and sawblade's depth-of-cut to achieve the panel profile you want. You'll have to make a series of trial cuts, followed by more adjustments with identical thickness scrap wood until you achieve your desired profile.
Check out this link http://www.woodshoptips.com/tips/041403/index.htm for a drawing of this special fixture.
DANGER: Table saw panel raising can be a dangerous operation because you can't use upper sawguards during this operation. That's why you need to build the "sled". This way, you can push the "sled" and keep your hands out of harm's way while making the cuts.
Drilling of Cylindrical Stock
You can form a V-Block on your MARK V worktable by using your Rip Fence. Here's how. Set your MARK V up in Drill Press mode and tilt your worktable to 45-degrees.
Next, install your Rip Fence on the worktable. It will serve as half of a V-Block that's formed where the Fence meets the Table surface. If you're planning to drill all the way through your stock, you'll need a sacrificial piece of 3/4" stock against your Rip Fence face and another laying on the worktable surface. This way, when you drill all the way through, you won't be drilling into your Fence or Table surface.
Insert a bit into your Drill Chuck. Move the worktable in-and-out until the point of your drill bit aligns perfectly with the location where the bottom edge of your Rip Fence meets the worktable surface. You now have a V-Block fixture to hold your workpiece while you bore a long row of perfectly-centered holes. There you have it!
To be sure all of your holes are properly spaced, lay all of your workpieces on your benchtop with the ends in perfect alignment. Then, use a carpenter's square to scribe lines across the tops of all workpieces at once. When you drop your workpieces into the V-Block set-up, align the bit point with your scribed lines and drill away. That should do it.