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Sometimes you have to set your sawblade, or a dado set to a precise height, such as when cutting dados, grooves or rabbets. On my saw's throat insert I have a line scribed across the apex of the blade. I can place a ruler at that point to set the blade's height. But I don't always trust the accuracy of that method.

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So, if I need to be sure, I take a scrap of wood and draw a line that's the same distance from the edge as I require for my blade height. Then I clamp the scrap to my saw's fence, and slowly raise the spinning blade until I hit the line. The setup will be perfect every time. For more tips, tricks and tutorials designed to make you a better woodworker, check out the latest issue of Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal over at

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