I have this small but powerful and relatively versatile Dewalt.

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What I would like to do is rip a piece of lumber but so that the cut side is at an angle to the other lengthwise side and not parallel to it. IOW, my one end needs to be 0 or close to it (which would make it a triangle) and the other side 3/8" across a length of about 6'.

It is easy to do angles on this saw but only if you are doing across and not lengthwise (using the little protractor guide) or the angle of the actual cut itself (using the protractor lever below the surface to the Dewalt logo). I do not see how to achieve the same effect lengthwise because the stationary guide to the right is fixed at a right angle.

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    I make long shims using a table saw that does not need to be pristine, that takes one way, if you need it to be pristine that is another way. What will you need it for?
    – Jack
    Jan 6, 2016 at 21:10
  • a shim to fill a gap in a sliding door. it will have weather stripping between it and the door so being pristine is not necessary although I was just able to do it pristinely by following the below answer
    – amphibient
    Jan 6, 2016 at 21:26
  • Are you sure your sliding door doesn't need adjustment? They all have screw adjusters for vertical fit.
    – isherwood
    Jan 6, 2016 at 21:40
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    yes, trust me... i don't wanna go into it
    – amphibient
    Jan 6, 2016 at 21:41

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There are a few ways to do this. If you don't mind holes in one face of your board, you can screw another board to it at a bias, matching the angle you wish to cut, and lapping past the side of the board you're cutting. By sliding the temporary board along the fence, your workpiece will be cut at an angle.

Another approach would be to fasten (with masking tape or whatever) spacers of tapered thickness to your workpiece, say every foot. Slide those against the fence.

Finally, purchase or build a taper jig that does basically the same thing as the other suggestions, but is more versatile and reusable.


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