Zero Clearance Mite Saw Jig

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Project by Chris Pond posted 11-03-2010 12:53 AM 3252 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got this idea from Fine Wood Working, I think. Here is what it dose, it give you a clean cut from your mite saw.

The Project is two pieces of Hard Board you will have to form a back & a bottom ( for you saw ). Then you cut these pieces with the saw to form the “slot” for you saw. Now the Back & Bottom of the pieces get put on a bigger bottom piece used double sided tape to keep them moving around.

The bigger piece on the bottom will give the support whole to the jig. I all use a pin nailer in key spots to keep thing from moving around.

-- Chris, Fernie, BC

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#1 posted 11-03-2010 01:57 AM

I saw that in the magazine. Looks pretty easy. Does it work well?

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#2 posted 11-03-2010 02:10 AM

interesting. Do you remove it when you make angled cuts?

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#3 posted 11-03-2010 05:09 AM

They just did virtually the same thing on ”The Woodsmith Shop”

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#4 posted 11-03-2010 04:38 PM

That is great for small cuts and it looks like it comes out easily when a saw might not have the capacity to cut the wood AND handle the backer material.

It reminds me of the tables used for radial arm saws taht I’ve been looking at. I can’t wait to get my RAS up and running properly.

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#5 posted 11-03-2010 04:39 PM

Oh yeah, and now you don’t need your laser anymore. You’ve got a perfect alignment gauge on your fence. Just line your markings up with the kerf.

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#6 posted 11-03-2010 06:25 PM

Hello friends! Yes it was from the Woodsmith Shop Email that I get “Thnks for reminding me”. As for angled cut you would probably need to make another jig. Yes, my jig sit lose on the saw bed as I hold both the jig & the project for the cut. PS,remember where you fingers are when cutting :) safety tip !!

HokieMojo you still have a radial arm saw :) I thought they long went away? You are right when set right they still cut good line.

-- Chris, Fernie, BC

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#7 posted 11-03-2010 06:33 PM

Actually, I just bought a cast-iron dewalt built in 1957. I put up one blog post on it so far, but hope to have many more in the future about my restoration of it. I only really plan to crosscut and do miters, but everything I hear about them tells me that if set up right with a good blade, they can’t be beat. We’ll see over the coming weeks whether I’m up to the task. Hopefully I will have another post or two in the next couple weeks.

I don’t plan on getting rid of my miter saw yet, but I may pack it away and relegate it for construction purposes to save space on my benchtop. Who knows what will happen!

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