Shop Smith #7: You'd have to own a Shop Smith to appropriate this simple project.

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Blog entry by htl posted 04-28-2016 10:27 PM 1547 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Redoing the SS miter gauge so it will work on the Dewalt..

When I got a SS a couple a months ago it was in pretty bad shape but I’ve since turned it into a drill dress sooo have no need for the miter gauge, plus the bar was bent.
My other SS didn’t come with one but since I won’t be using the table mod no problem.
OK to get to the point I love the SS miter gauge the holding fetcher the stops at 90 and 45, just one great tool, but I want to use it on my Dewalt, it’s miter is one of those cheap plastic one but it has a great aluminum bar.
I was working on another project and saw the SS and dewalt miters thrown over in a corner and it hit me can I switch the bars, so set then next to each other and the holes match up.
They use different size bolts but I have the technology I can rebuild em.
So to make the story a little shorter I marked I drilled and wala My SS miter works great on my dewalt saw.
See the two holes on the back of the SS bar these had to be added, so I took the part to my copier and now I have the marking for the new holes.
The pivot and locking holes had to be enlarged but they matched up perfectly.
About an hours project but now I have an out standing miter where non was before.

I may later get some bar stock and build a longer one but I think it will do just fine.

I need to reload the spring in the handle so it will stay in the open position.

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#1 posted 04-28-2016 11:13 PM

Nice conversion. I always liked the clamping miter on the SS’s

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#2 posted 04-29-2016 12:15 AM

Once you’ve used one there’s no comparison.

I remember years ago I would cut something using the SS clamping miter and walk over some where and wonder where the wood went and it would still be in my one hand clamped with the miter gauge. LOL

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