miter slot on older Tokai saw

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Forum topic by lastboat posted 12-13-2012 08:02 AM 964 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-13-2012 08:02 AM

I am a new user of an older Tokai sliding table saw. It came my way and I couldn’t say no. It cuts like a dream. However, the miter slot is not a standard 3/8”. It has a double taper. So not a ‘T’ slot – but similar as at table top it is narrower than at the bottom. The average width seems to be 1”. And by double I mean each side tapers narrower. The saw does have a 1” arbor, but all other markings on the saw are metric. Japanese motor etc. I can put the caliber to the two widths tomorrow (and depth) it that helps and report back…
Any sources on finding something in metal to go in this slot? Otherwise I guess I have to cut something in ironwood or equal.

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#1 posted 12-15-2012 04:56 PM

I suggest taking your three dimensions (top width, bottom width, and depth—an average taken from several places along the slot) to a machine shop where they can either order the steel to fit (unlikely) or machine the dovetail themselves. Get enough length for at least three miter gauges while they are set up for it…one for a miter gauge and two for a sled.
I suggest this route because I have never seen this option offered on miter gauges. If you are a purist for fit, then work in some adjusting option. I’ve been pleased with making a miter bar in two pieces held together by a series of roll pins along its length. A fine thread set screw near each roll pin pushes the two halves apart until the desired slop free fit is achieved.
Good luck and Merry Christmas. I would have had trouble turning down a slider too!

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