Aligning DW660 to be perfectly vertical

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Aligning DW660 to be perfectly vertical

Post by dwrowley » Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:08 pm

I bought the DW660 clamps from Inventables and they installed easily and hold the DW660 well. Now that I'm starting to do more precision work, I need to align the DW660 to be perfectly vertical (both X & Y).

Does anyone have any techniques to do that?

Thanks in advance,
David

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Re: Aligning DW660 to be perfectly vertical

Post by Improbable Construct » Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:31 am

The easiest way is to get a tram like this:
http://www.edgetechnologyproducts.com/m ... am-system/
You can then use shims and/or loosen and retighten parts to get them all aligned.

The other method is trial and error.
You can start by using a small machinests square to get it close.
Put the biggest bit you have in the machine and cut a pocket.
If you can see ridges then you can adjust it to try to get it cutting flat.
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Re: Aligning DW660 to be perfectly vertical

Post by WillAdams » Fri Feb 21, 2014 12:39 am

If you can get a length of stiff wire to chuck accurately into your spindle, you could use this old technique to determine if things are square:

http://www.woodworkerblog.com/checking- ... alignment/
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Re: Aligning DW660 to be perfectly vertical

Post by dwrowley » Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:09 pm

Thanks for the pointer to http://www.woodworkerblog.com/checking- ... alignment/

That's a great approach - will try it as soon as I can.

Thanks!

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Re: Aligning DW660 to be perfectly vertical

Post by Improbable Construct » Fri Feb 21, 2014 11:18 pm

The thing to remember with that approach is that you have to center it perfectly in the collet.
To do that you have to have a piece of wire that is exactly the size if your collet.
If it's not the exact size of your collet it will not be in line with the spindle and your woot will be for nothing.
You can't just use a piece of coat hanger. (Trust me on that one)
With a drill press you can use any old piece of wire because the chuck is adjustable.
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Re: Aligning DW660 to be perfectly vertical

Post by cvoinescu » Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:38 am

Improbable Construct wrote:The thing to remember with that approach is that you have to center it perfectly in the collet.
To do that you have to have a piece of wire that is exactly the size if your collet.
If it's not the exact size of your collet it will not be in line with the spindle and your woot will be for nothing.
You can't just use a piece of coat hanger. (Trust me on that one)
With a drill press you can use any old piece of wire because the chuck is adjustable.
The beauty of it is that it doesn't need to be centered or anything, as long as it does not move (relative to the collet/armature) during the procedure. But yes, it's much easier to get it to fit in a chuck, and it's a bad idea to tighten a collet around the wrong size object.
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Re: Aligning DW660 to be perfectly vertical

Post by dwrowley » Sat Feb 22, 2014 12:50 am

The approach worked perfectly - I used a piece of coat hanger, found the gauge to be too narrow so wrapped some tape around it until it was the right diameter. It made it obvious how unaligned it was previously!

I shimmed the router with some of the plastic cable ties and a couple of small washers - it took all of about 5 minutes to get it aligned and tightened again.

Thanks again for the tip!

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Re: Aligning DW660 to be perfectly vertical

Post by AnonymousPerson » Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:24 am

WillAdams wrote:If you can get a length of stiff wire to chuck accurately into your spindle, you could use this old technique to determine if things are square:

http://www.woodworkerblog.com/checking- ... alignment/
That website seems to be permanently offline now. Any idea if the same content is elsewhere?

I'd Google for it myself, but without knowing the method there I won't be able to pick correct results.
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Re: Aligning DW660 to be perfectly vertical

Post by WillAdams » Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:40 am

Use the Wayback Machine:

http://web.archive.org/web/201208220319 ... -alignment

Pretty much any search for “check drill press table alignment 90 degree” should work:

http://stanpope.net/drlpress.htm
http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread. ... ost1295289
One easy method to square a drill press table is to take a stiff piece of wire - around 6" long. Put around a 30 degree bend in it about 2" from one end. Place the short end of the wire into the chuck and tighten it. Rotate the chuck by hand and align the table so that it is the same distance to the end of the wire as it rotates.

Keep in mind that you can usually adjust the actual head of the drill press from side to side, as well as the table.
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Re: Aligning DW660 to be perfectly vertical

Post by AnonymousPerson » Fri Sep 25, 2015 3:12 am

WillAdams wrote:Use the Wayback Machine:

http://web.archive.org/web/201208220319 ... -alignment
Thanks Will. I should have remembered that. ;)

Note for anyone else that needs it, that blog post directs to this Youtube video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq48544ps1Y
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