A New Handle (Miter Gauge Repair)

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Project by rance posted 08-03-2012 05:48 AM 4201 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, one of those cheap plastic handles broke off of the (can you believe it) 1/4” stud. Seriously? They really expect 1/4” of stud to hold in a piece of plastic? This is for the miter gauge on a Powermatic bandsaw.

I quickly glued some Walnut and Ash together for a two tone fix. Just enough to get a bit of a slant. A bit more bling with some burn rings. CA finish. Drilled just under 1/4” for a 1/4-20 bolt. 2.5” long for this one glued in with Gorilla glue. I think this one should last a little longer.

Pic 3 – The old and the new.

I made a handle similar to this for my Incra 1000SE Miter Gauge too. I always make them bigger. It makes all the difference in the world. Try it.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#1 posted 08-03-2012 11:00 AM

Looks a whole lot better than plastic fer sure. Nothin wrong with a little equipment bling

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 08-03-2012 11:29 AM

Nice handle. Woodworking tools should have wood handles!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 08-03-2012 11:45 AM

Rance that is a touch of class

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 08-03-2012 01:26 PM

I prefer more diameter in handles… less problem if you have some arthritis in the finger joints. Obviously, this looks too good, too.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#5 posted 08-03-2012 01:29 PM

Really like your improved version of the handle—what a handle ought to be if the Asian rim only took the time. The miter gauge, aside from the great new handle, leaves a little to be desired and is really disappointing for PM—I have the same one on my belt/disc sander (but without a neat, wood handle).

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 08-03-2012 11:40 PM

That’s a really great idea. I would love a big chunky miter handle to grab and hang on to for pushing stock through. Especially a souped up 2-tone, a real personal touch. Almost makes me want to buy a lathe and learn how to turn some handles. I said almost. Let’s not get carried away here (;

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 08-04-2012 12:38 AM

Good JOB, Rance…!

You’re doing good!


Thank you.

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#8 posted 08-04-2012 04:23 AM

The plastic handle broke ? Say it ain’t so ! I hate plastic fittings ! Your new one is pretty spiffy !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#9 posted 08-07-2012 04:08 PM

Thanks guys. It wasn’t until I posted the pictures that I noticed the dust in the rings. LOL! Hey, this is strictly utilitarian.

John, at first I thought you were talking about all the white overspray. Ha ha. :D

David, throughout my life all the lathes I’d seen in shops were seemingly huge and sat unused in the corner. I could never see myself turning baseball bats or the infamous ‘Walnut bowl’. However, I wish I had gotten a mini-lathe 20 years ago. It serves its purpose like nothing else. Not just with finished projects, but with supporting your work in the shop. This is but one example where it shines in the shop. Tell me how many hand-files you have without a handle? 10 minutes with a 2×4 would fix that. And with a mini-lathe, it can easilly be stored in a cubby hole when not in use.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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