I opted for the Kreg Precision Trak and Stop System for my miter saw fence. I attended the New England Woodworking Show in January and Peachtree was selling the system at a discount that put the price lower than any I had seen so I bought it. When I opened it up the other day, there were no instructions inside. A call to Kreg customer service took care of that quickly. The tech apologized and then helped me navigate their website to find and print the instruction sheet. The system comes with 8 feet of track, in two feet lengths. It also has a flip stop, production stop and adhesive measuring tape, one left to right and one right to left. Although my counter top is 54 inches on each side, the fence is 48 inches to match the track. You have to make the height of the fence exactly 2-1/4 inches in order for the stops to work correctly. I made my fence from 3/4-inch Baltic birch. It’s simply two pieces joined at a right angle with glue and brads. I put two coats of polyurethane on it. I drilled holes in the horizontal leg for hex bolts that sit in the Woodpecker DP track to hold the fence in place with knobs. When I bought knobs for the fence, I purchased star knobs and they are too big. I have to swap them out for smaller ones. The track sits on top of the fence and is attached with supplied wood screws. You first have to drill the track. Kreg milled a score line along the back of the track as a drill guide. Once the track is attached, you place the fence exactly where it will sit and using a scrap board milled to exactly 24 inches long and 3 inches tall, you butt the board against the saw blade. Using an accurate square, you mark a line on the track. The cursor mark on the stops is offset by 3/8-inch. You align 24-3/8 inches on the tape measure with your pencil mark and adhere the tape the entire length of your fence. Fine adjustments can be made by moving the cursor slightly. Based on where my fence sits on the counter top, I can use the tape measure to about 66 inches. If I need to go beyond that, I can fit and cut up to 10 feet to the right of the blade and just under 7 feet to the left. These cuts will have to be measured with a hand held tape measure.
All that’s left is drawers and doors. I believe it will be awhile before the next post.
-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI