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Posted on Newbie question regarding miter tracks, miter bars, t-tracks, etc.

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#1 posted 04-02-2018 03:26 PM

“multi purpose workbench that has a miter slot ” never seen this before?

Description is too vague to provide a good answer,
but reminds me of problem I found with miter slots .vs. gauges on Ridgid and some Craftsmen tools?

The standard cabinet saw miter slot is typically 0.755+ wide, and bars on miter gauges are usually 0.750. All of the extruded aluminum tracks I have checked are same dimensions, meaning designed to accept 0.750 wide bar in slightly larger slot.
BUT Emerson saws produced for Sears and Ridgid use a non-standard slot width, According to posts on Ridgid forums: Bar Slot = 0.745 – 0.752”, and Bar = 0.737 – 0.740”
This means most standard miter gauges are too large to fit into Emerson produced miter slots.

The folks at Ridgid continue to use this undersized miter slot for most tools I have seen. I have newer orange colored Ridgid 14” bandsaw, new oscillating sander, and old TS2424 table saw. They all use the same “undersized” miter bar.
When I built a router table with extruded aluminum miter track; is when I found my miter gauges were too loose to be useful. I bought an Incra replacement, and it used a smaller bar that fit my Ridgid equipment, but included some nylon set screws to allow adjustment of width to fit either size miter slot. Not all replacement miter gauges have this adjustment feature, so need to check actual width of bar.

Hope this helps.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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