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Project by doubleDD posted 01-04-2018 04:06 AM 4737 views 17 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to improve my cutting segments for turning. I had a Incra V120 miter gauge that I used directly in the table saw miter slot. The miters looked fine but on occasion one would have a small gap. I figured it wasn’t the gauge but the fault lied with me. I decided to build a sled for the gauge to give me better control.

I used a piece of particle board and covered it with some black lexan I have laying around. I made the jig two pieces, one to cut with the miter gauge and the other will hold the measuring stop. Next was squaring it up and cutting a slot for the miter channel. I framed it up with some 1/4 round to protect the edges and to hold the V120 in place. Next was to insert the V120 gauge and get it perfectly square with the saw blade. Adding two sliders to the bottom, (I saw a great tip from Kiefer, Klaus, when he added a second slider to ride along the edge of the table). This virtually took out all play completely. Pictures to follow. I bought a toggle clamp at H.F for $4.00 to use as a hold down. I made a longer stopper out of wood in case the occasion arrived. The last picture shows the result of the segment cuts before sanding.
It took some tweaking to get it perfect but it was worth the effort. Now when I needed to change the amount of segments needed for a ring, it’s just a matter of changing the degree on the gauge. Very simple.
The total cost was $20.00 for the toggle switch and the miter channel.
Questions and comments are welcomed.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.





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doubleDD

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#1 posted 01-04-2018 04:14 AM


The first

picture shows the second slider that rides along the edge of the saw.

Second picture shows a sandpaper strip that keeps the piece from sliding around, something that I have been using on other tools like the sliding miter saw.

3rd pic a small screw to keep the miter guage from moving in the channel.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Tooch

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#2 posted 01-04-2018 04:14 AM

Anything to help keep those joints tight is fine by me! Good luck and I can’t wait to see more segmented turnings

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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htl

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#3 posted 01-04-2018 04:40 AM

I have one and love it and this project look like a great fit for model making parts.

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs here on Lumber Jocks.. http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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majuvla

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#4 posted 01-04-2018 09:06 AM

Sure it looks like profesional work and very precise -as I can see on last photo.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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stefang

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#5 posted 01-04-2018 11:26 AM

Looks great Dave, you really did a prof job on this.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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poospleasures

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#6 posted 01-04-2018 01:09 PM

Very good looking jig. Hard to beat anything with Incra in it. You make your jigs look so professional while mine look like a salvage yard find. Thanks for sharing.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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jeffswildwood

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#7 posted 01-04-2018 01:11 PM

Nice little jig Dave! I need to start making jigs for my shop. Even with the wixey, the 45 is still my enemy. Nice one buddy.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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horky

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#8 posted 01-04-2018 01:32 PM

Dave, great job and thanks for posting. I am looking to do some segmented turning this year so your timing is perfect. I will be making one for sure. Thanks.

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Dan

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#9 posted 01-04-2018 01:49 PM

This jig looks really well done. The 4 dollar hold down clamp is a great idea because they are so expensive everywhere else. Accuracy is what its about and you have closed that gap..

I imagine you are thinking of a way to apply this to a long 45 for boxes. Be sure to post that one!!

-- Dan

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doubleDD

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#10 posted 01-04-2018 02:02 PM

thanks Tooch. I’ve cut about 12 different rings now and they are all perfect. Even I can’t get over how precise they are.

htl, thanks. This sled can be used for miters and as a cross cut saw. The small pieces are easily cut with the hold down.

Thanks Ivan. I may add a couple more things on there for even better results.

Thanks Mike. I’m waiting to see what you come up with. I wanted it to be a smaller sled but I got carried away knowing that i could use it for cross cutting also.

Thanks Vernon. Everything used was what I had on hand except the HF toggle clamp and the miter channel. Cost was about $20. It looks good now but let’s see how it looks in a year.LOL.

Jeff, I use to have the same problem with all miters until I pledged to make sure my tools were adjusted correctly.
A few times a year you need to check them for accuracy. I found out the hard way a expensive tool isn’t much better than a cheap one if not set right.

horky I hope you post yours and share your ideas with the rest of us.

Dan, I haven’t thought about using this for boxes but it should work out fine. I will have to check it out on my next box build.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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TheDane

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#11 posted 01-04-2018 02:50 PM

How do you do fractional degree settings? (e.g. a 16 segment ring requires miter cuts that are 11.25 degrees).

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 01-04-2018 02:53 PM

This is a very nice jig and a wonderful addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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bushmaster

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#13 posted 01-04-2018 03:40 PM

Well thought out and constructed, I haven’t done any segmented turning, would like to, as I have no way to accurate way to cut the angles, will have to give it some thought. Well Done

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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luv2learn

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#14 posted 01-04-2018 04:27 PM

Dave, it is obvious that you have thought through this sled build and the results show it. Nicely done!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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doubleDD

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#15 posted 01-04-2018 04:59 PM

Hi Gerry. Unfortunately the V120 doesn’t have every possible setting for every job we may come across. When I purchased the gauge in 2015 I found out quickly that there wasn’t a setting for 16 segments as I expanded my horizons. I googled this problem and found where you can take the indicator pin out of the laser slot some (in this case guessing at a 1/4 degree and lock it back up with the two knobs. In this case the pin is just left of the line and easy to remember. I also replaced the washer under the big knob with a wedge washer which will keep it from slipping after tightening. It has worked for me many times already and it only takes a second to do. I was just in the shop making a 16 piece segment for a vase. You can see in the picture the offset on the gauge.

Thanks Charles. This is going to see some heavy use this winter as I plan on improving my turnings.

Thanks for looking Brian. Hope to see you get into making some of these. They are addictive.

Thanks Lee. I wanted a much smaller sled when I first thought this out but I can use this for crossing also. There are still a few things I will be adding to this.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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