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#1 posted 08-24-2018 08:17 PM

Older Craftsman miter slots run at nominal (0.750”) or smaller if I remember correctly. Be sure to carefully measure the slot width at several locations before buying a bar that may be too wide (and be to difficult to make smaller)..

For my Delta, the slots are nearly 0.760” which makes finding a proper fitting bar nearly impossible. I ended up ordering some 0.750” x 0.375” bar stock and cross drilled a number of holes for ball-tipped set screws to take up the slop. You can often find bar stock in “oversized/undersized” dimensions of a few thousandths which make be exactly what you need for a tight fit.

I’m not a big fan of the Incra miter bars with the expanding disc width adjustment system. The discs are spaced too far apart and wear out rather quickly. There are other systems which seem to have a better design.


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