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Forum topic by OleGrump posted 04-11-2018 04:59 PM 700 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-11-2018 04:59 PM

As a result of a question posted about a week ago, I started doing a little checking into “auxiliary miter gauge fences” (We just always called these “extra fences”) I should not have been surprised by the number of folks who have bought super-dina whoppin’ (and expensive) designer type miter gauges from the “upscale” suppliers. I also see a fair number of folks who have designed and built “go-to-hell” fancy fences from wood, metal and other materials. I have to admit that some of these are pretty spiffy contraptions. Being old, and “old-fashioned”, that is, I don’t watch and follow all the latest “hot trends” in woodworking. I just do what I’ve always done. My question is, does anyone ELSE in the Group just use a 1X3 screwed to the miter gauge anymore ? Mine has slots cut for 90, 45 and 22 1/2 degrees. If it gets worn out, I just make another one. 90s are cut using the left hand slot, the other angles are made using the right hand one.
I’m just curious if there are others out there who do it this way, or am I a dinosaur of the miter gauge world? Do I need to make me one of them there fancy Swiss-Army fences for showing off to other guys, or am I OK to keep on using my basic old reliable style fence?

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#1 posted 04-11-2018 05:05 PM

Grumps – I not only use a 1×3 ~ I also glued a piece of sandpaper to it so
the material being cut doesn’t slip.
but, I don’t use it as often as I used to as now the sleds take preference.


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#2 posted 04-11-2018 05:07 PM

I use a piece of plywood screwed to the miter gauge on my bandsaw. On the table saw though, I have an Incra miter gauge with the telescoping fence and flip stop. Gotta say, it isn’t a necessity, but it’s daggone nice :-) The adjustments for length are dead on, even with the fence extended which is really surprising. So yeah, I could live just fine without my fancy-schmansy contraption but I’d rather not ;-)

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#3 posted 04-11-2018 09:34 PM

+1 on the incra, yes I used the plywood aux fence for forty years and it worked just fine, but, a while back I got the incra 1000hd and miter express sled and, i’ll have to say its amazing like Kenny said.

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#4 posted 04-12-2018 03:36 AM

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#5 posted 04-14-2018 10:45 PM

Yes. I have a fancy schmancy miter fence. It is a piece of 3/4” ply with a sandpaper front and a “T” slot in the back held in place with two toilet seat bolts. It can be slid sideways to put the end as close or far from the blade as I wish. Works just fine. I’m too cheap… :>)

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