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Project by GarageWoodworks posted 07-26-2015 01:05 AM 2139 views 3 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With this jig you can align your miter saw blade to a near perfect 90 degrees.

It consists of two pieces of scrap lumber and a dial indicator. You first calibrate the jig to 90 degrees with a nice fat edged square. Quick and accurate.

Build and demo video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ifTGHmJ8BU

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playingwithmywood

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#1 posted 07-26-2015 04:36 AM

Honestly I really think you should have saved this and posted it on April 1st 2016…. then it could have gone viral

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GarageWoodworks

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playingwithmywood

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#3 posted 07-26-2015 05:33 AM


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- GarageWoodworks

yep that is exactly how useful of a solution this seems just being honest

you should have done $$$ instead of the … cause I guess it will make you money from view on the youtube

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GarageWoodworks

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#4 posted 07-26-2015 05:35 AM

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GarageWoodworks

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#5 posted 07-26-2015 05:38 AM


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- GarageWoodworks

yep that is exactly how useful of a solution this seems just being honest

you should have done $$$ instead of the … cause I guess it will make you money from view on the youtube

- playingwithmywood

Ahh. Ok. Now I see where you’re coming from.

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#6 posted 07-26-2015 12:50 PM

I think you have identified one of your “thumbs down” haters over on your You Tube channel. Its a shame he has to follow you here. Some people are just totally ignorant. I for one, and am happy you posted this technique and will try to adept it for use on my RAS since its dedicated to 90 degree cuts. Keep up the good work and ignore the haters.

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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#7 posted 07-26-2015 01:47 PM

I value simple, helpful gadgets that provide accuracy. I find it interesting that there are so many ways to accomplish various things. It teaches me that I have to look for solutions from many different directions and this has worked well for me in my many daily projects. I have always looked carefully at all jigs and devices I see posted on this website. They all seem to contribute to my continuing interest in finding solutions.

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WoodNSawdust

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#8 posted 07-26-2015 01:57 PM

Thanks for the idea. Next time I align my miter saw I will try it.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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HerbC

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#9 posted 07-26-2015 02:07 PM

+1 on thanks for the simple solution…

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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playingwithmywood

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#10 posted 07-26-2015 03:03 PM



I think you have identified one of your “thumbs down” haters over on your You Tube channel. Its a shame he has to follow you here. Some people are just totally ignorant. I for one, and am happy you posted this technique and will try to adept it for use on my RAS since its dedicated to 90 degree cuts. Keep up the good work and ignore the haters.

- ScottKaye

I have never thumbed down a youtube video for the record…. but maybe I should start with I see a idea that is as looney as this..

instead of calling me ignorant maybe you can explain why this is such a brilliant idea ??

I did not say a negative comment to say negative things but to raise objection to this method because I find it insane

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GarageWoodworks

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#11 posted 07-26-2015 03:26 PM

The moniker “playingwithmywood” sums it up nicely.

Thanks everyone for checking out my new alignment jig!

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playingwithmywood

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#12 posted 07-26-2015 03:38 PM



The moniker “playingwithmywood” sums it up nicely.

Thanks everyone for checking out my new alignment jig!

- GarageWoodworks

my so called moniker has to be at least as equally creative as yours so I wish lumberjocks had a poll function and we could put or monikers to a vote like a wild west shoot out with the looser leaving this site

the real thing is this is a bad solution a good solution is a straight edge piece of wood about two feet long with a kerf for the blade to sit in 90 degrees to the straight edge while you adjust the fence… plus it is a handy reference (no pun intended) for double checking your miter saw every time you return it to 90 from making a angle cut… this is a simple repeatable solution unlike the solution you are supplying

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ScottKaye

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#13 posted 07-26-2015 11:12 PM


my so called moniker has to be at least as equally creative as yours so I wish lumberjocks had a poll function and we could put or monikers to a vote like a wild west shoot out with the looser leaving this site

the real thing is this is a bad solution a good solution is a straight edge piece of wood about two feet long with a kerf for the blade to sit in 90 degrees to the straight edge while you adjust the fence… plus it is a handy reference (no pun intended) for double checking your miter saw every time you return it to 90 from making a angle cut… this is a simple repeatable solution unlike the solution you are supplying

- playingwithmywood

Your way might be an acceptable method for a framing contractor or maybe even a finish carpenter. For fine woodworking, I prefer a much more exacting method such as the one demonstrated here. You can never go wrong with a dial indicator. I use them all the time to align my table saw fence and set planer/jointer blades. You will never ever get your blade as square and true with your method as you can with a dial indicator unless you happen to fall into some blind luck.

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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Mean_Dean

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#14 posted 07-26-2015 11:38 PM

It’s always valuable to have many tools in one’s tool box. Having that additional tool may be the key to solving a problem the other tools could not. That’s why it’s helpful to see new jigs, and watch new videos, because they may be the solution to a problem we’ve encountered. Thank you for posting this jig—when my mitersaw goes out of alignment, I’ll give it a try!

Speaking of tools…......

There are producers in this world, and there are critics of producers. Producers produce things that are sometimes useful, sometimes not—but always valuable. Critics, on the other hand, would not exist were it not for producers—for without something to critique, critics have nothing to sustain themselves.

Critics need producers—not the other way around.

Keep the faith brother, and keep producing!

-- Dean

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Andrew

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#15 posted 07-26-2015 11:46 PM

Great and useful jig. Thanks for the video!

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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