|Project by Holzarbeiterin||posted 09-26-2015 08:20 PM||4283 views||26 times favorited||9 comments|
I decided to move to Germany about 6 months before I actually left. My partner is German and we just finished building a new house that was actually planned to have a room in the basement for my workshop. From numerous trips to Germany I knew that things like T-track and parts for jigs, etc. were a bit hard to come by…at least from me with my limited German language skills. I started thinking of things I needed to bring with me to set up shop.
One of the things I wanted to bring with me was a my Incra V120 miter gauge. I had a piece of maple screwed to it and it more or less did what I needed it to but I thought that I would upgrade it before I left. I saw a great plan in Shopnotes issue #53 and decided it would be just the thing I needed to to get me started with a new table saw once I got settled. The issue is rather old and although the plan is great there were ways now to make it better…
Some of the features I like are:
T-track on the back side that allows the fence that is attached to the miter gauge to adjusted. This is great when you want a much support as possible when making tricky cuts.
T-Track on the top for a stop block. This is great for relatively short repeatable cuts.
A ruler on the top for setting the stop block
An extendable rod with an end platewhich effectively extends the length for repeatable cuts.
The upgrades/changes I made:
I made my fence out of QSWO. I had a piece of 8/4 and thought using using quartersawn stock and a mission finish would make a stable, hard working and great looking tool.
I decided to use Incra T-track. The gold color complimented the mission oak finish but more importantly they have a double T-track that has the possibility of installing a user adjustable ruler. They even had a ruler option that had both inch and metric markings.
I used 1/2” square brass stock instead of round aluminum rod. Round rod is cheap and easy to find but the bolt that screws against it to set the cutting distance has very little contact surface. I used square stock to solve that problem. I decided to use brass for three reasons. First, it’is easy to machine so cutting, drilling and tapping was easy. Second, I like the extra “heft” and stiffness I got using the brass. It also polishes up nice.
I used brass threaded inserts instead of T-nuts. If you look at the plan you will see that they use the T-nut for the bolt that holds the rod that extends out the side of the fence. The plan also requires that the nut be made shorter. I thought this was a hassle and decided a threaded brass insert was a easier and more “elegant” solution.
Overall, I’m really happy with the way it turned out. It works terrific. I highly recommend the plan, with a few changes to anyone looking to upgrade their miter gauge.
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