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Blog entry by Madmark2 posted 02-13-2017 04:23 AM 1386 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Wood has three dimensions and the table saw cuts both X (length) and Y (width)

The Z (thickness) axis needs a lunch box planer. The table saw has the Incra rip fence and miter gauge so X and Y are covered. Z however needed some help getting the same accuracy as the saw.

One of the benifits of digital gauges is that I can see the reading without squinting or having to bend down.

I have a digital height gauge to set the saw height and set the router bits consistently. Repeatability is crucial for me as my work is generally piece work. Self referential measurements are great, but if you’re needing to do a remake without a reference, you need accurate dims.

M



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#1 posted 02-13-2017 05:31 AM

I have the same height gauge. I bought the Wixey, but the display was crap, and I got a crick in my neck looking at it sideways, so I replaced it with that one.

I’m definitely jealous of the Incra fence. It’s on my wish list for my router table.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#2 posted 02-13-2017 05:46 AM

There is a 3-1/2 hp Milwaukee Heavy Duty router in the R wing with an Incra plate. Thus the LS-III rip fence and miter gauge serve double duty.

I don’t need a lift, the plate and router come off with a button push giving full access. The digital height gauge makes repeating a setting a snap.

Got plenty of bits too:

Actually I’ve spent more on bits than the router and wing together.

M

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#3 posted 02-13-2017 06:07 AM

Yes, I remember your comment about the height gauge versus the JessEm lift. I still think you’re full of crap :)

That said, you’re a good guy.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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#4 posted 02-13-2017 03:37 PM

I’ll blog an example of how the plate is fast & easy for bit changes & setting . . .

M

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#5 posted 02-13-2017 05:28 PM


I ll blog an example of how the plate is fast & easy for bit changes & setting . . .

M

- Madmark2

I don’t need convincing. I worked with the same type of setup for 20 years and know how quick and easy it is to pop it out and do quick bit changes. When I started making doors, just having a router attached to a plate couldn’t handle the load of making stick cuts like this on an 80” long 1-3/4” thick stile in one pass.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

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