Shop Built Mitre Gauge Video (Part 1)

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Blog entry by Gord Graff posted 02-09-2008 04:09 PM 7960 reads 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,

Have you ever needed an extra mitre gauge for your table saw, band saw, router table or disc sander and didn’t want to spend the bucks to buy one, well have I got good news for you.

In part one of this two part video I’ll show you how to use a few simple metal working techniques (yes, that’s right, metal working techniques) to create a shop built mitre gauge that is extremely accurate and costs less than $10 to make.

Part one of this video is dedicated to working with the steel needed to make the mitre gauge bar, pivot point and locking knob. Believe me when I tell you that it’s not that difficult because it really isn’t. We are woodworkers so working with this stuff is a breeze, right?

Part two of this video (coming soon) will show you how to make the mitre gauge body and tie the two pieces together to form an accurate, inexpensive mitre gauge. Part two will also cover “dialling in” that mitre gauge to your existing mitre slot no matter what machine you’re using it for. Once you’ve seen how to do this, you’ll be able to “dial in” your mitre gauge to within one thousandth of an inch………………….how’s that for accuracy?

This is a 2 part video version of a written post I did awhile back found here but because of numerous emails about that post I decided to commit the topic to video.

All the best

-- Informing & Inspiring Today’s Woodworkers:

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#1 posted 02-09-2008 04:40 PM

Thanks for the video.

I enjoyed the tips on working with metal.
Looking forward to part 2.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#2 posted 02-09-2008 05:46 PM

Thank you for the lesson. Looking forward to part 2.

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#3 posted 02-09-2008 07:41 PM

Pretty cool!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 02-09-2008 09:21 PM

Gord :
Another good one.
Lots of detail for the newby and some great tips for the rest.
I forgot about that centering device for locating the correct axis for the drill press.
I’ll use that one today.
You got a very professional pace to your tutorials that takes drag out of many presentations.
Kudos to your camerman. The shots are clear and on target with your instructions.



-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#5 posted 02-09-2008 11:40 PM

Hi All,

Thanks for your kind words.

Like anything, if you’re passionate about something and you work hard at it, you’ll get there.
Up till now it’s been a snail’s pace but I’m on the road and picking up speed.

Bob, the tutorials will end soon and we’ll be in project mode very soon…....................yippee.

All the best

-- Informing & Inspiring Today’s Woodworkers:

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#6 posted 02-10-2008 01:30 AM

Gord, That is a nice video. I would never had envisioned making a miter gauge. That is something that you go to Woodcraft or Rockler for and pay mucho bucks for one. Your post is really inspirational. I could see myself doing something like this when I find a need for another miter gauge.

You are right it really isn’t that complicated.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 02-10-2008 06:03 AM

Nice video, nothing new – but we all need a refresher every now and again – Thanks for a very professional looking video.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 02-10-2008 10:41 PM

Great project for me, can’t wait for part two, video is very professional, I take it thats down to “Mark”- would that be your son ?

-- Keith, Chester, England

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Gord Graff

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#9 posted 02-10-2008 11:27 PM

Hi Keith,

Thanks for the kind words from across the pond.
My son’s name is Matt not Mark, you can call him anything you want but don’t call him late for dinner…..................the kid eats like a horse.

All the best

-- Informing & Inspiring Today’s Woodworkers:

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#10 posted 02-14-2008 05:25 PM

Hello TopE5,

Glad you liked it and thanks for your kind words.
The second installment is coming out tomorrow…..........................grab the popcorn.
After that one we’re getting into a project or two, or three or four…......................

All the best

-- Informing & Inspiring Today’s Woodworkers:

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#11 posted 04-10-2008 04:59 AM

Wow, thank you for the video and the great information. Everything you said in the video makes sense and I think I will be able to create my own mitre gauge, well at least the metal parts…I’ll have to find the second part to this video. Thank you again for making and posting this!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#12 posted 09-23-2012 06:21 AM

Why is this video no longer available?

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