We have all seen new gadgets advertised.
How many of them really work?
How many are really worth the trouble?
How many really get used?
I invite everyone to tell us about your favorite gadget or two, and how much you really use them.
I’ll start by showing two of my favorites. Both are shown in the picture below.
1. The first are the “Board Buddies”.
They work great to prevent kickback and to hold your stock against the fence. When mounting them rotate them from 2 to 5 degrees toward the back of your saw. This will force the stock into the fence.
Quick to adjust and seconds to take off.
The only problem that you might encounter is when you are using a T-Square type of fence. This is
because if you adjust them to put too much down pressure you might lift the rear of your fence.
But this can be solved in two ways. The first is to only adjust the wheels to about 1/4
lower than the surface of the wood, and the second is to put a clamp on the end of your fence.
I use the first method and I have had no problems.
How often do I use them? Every time I cut larger sheet stock and rip long boards.
2. Is Wixey’s little digital angle gauge (you can see it stuck to my fence at the bottom of the picture)
This little thing is great, and I wish I had one long ago. It uses magnets to stick to your table where
you press the “zero” button and then stick it to you raised blade and set your angle to 1/10 of
a degree. Since you use your table as a reference to zero it, it doesn’t matter if your table is level or not.
How often do I use it. Every single time I move the angle of the blade.
-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX