Table Saw Angle Guide

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Project by tswoodwizard posted 01-26-2011 07:22 AM 8646 views 69 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a project born out of frustration. I purchased a cheap angle guide from a big box store about 2 years ago, used it about a dozen times in that time and for the last 6 months its been on a hanger in my shop. So any way, I grabbed it to use it one day and it fell apart in my hand. I did’nt want to just fix the old junk again so I decided to build a tool worth having.Picture #3 shows the D-handle patterned from an old Disston cross-cut hand saw with a slight ergonomic design change. #1 shows the offset needed for my hand when I place the tool on the table saw next to the fence, and a recessed area to accommodate my index finger. The 2 rear knobs are also very handy for ease of separation of the 2 guide bars. #2 shows the work-peace stop layed into the ajustable bar and the way the guide works in relation to the saw. #4 shows the Teledyne protracter I had to cut up to use as an angle guage and the ajustable front knob. #5 shows the sliding angle lock, the only part I cannibalized from the cheap guide. #6 is the finished tool made with walnut and cherry wood and I used a 1/4” T-nut to fasten the front knob to the bars so it could be tightened after the angle is chosen.

-- Tim B. Sweely Elizabeth, Illinois, -------- My potential is limited only by my emagination.

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#1 posted 01-26-2011 07:32 AM

This is certainly a tool worth having!!!! I love shop made tools and this one is exceptional.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#2 posted 01-26-2011 07:52 AM

That is a really nice tool!!! Almost too nice to use. Beats the snot out of what I have. Just beautiful! Thanks for posting.

-- Rick

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#3 posted 01-26-2011 08:04 AM

That looks so good I would have it on the coffee table in the living room!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 01-26-2011 08:19 AM

WOW! nice jig. I don’t believe that will fall apart.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 01-26-2011 08:26 AM

Good Lord, are you crazy?! You’re going to use that beauty near a spinning saw blade?

I’ve never (yet) found the need for an angle guide, but I HAVE to build me one of these!

That is an absolute work of art, Beautifully done, sir!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#6 posted 01-26-2011 08:47 AM

looking good

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#7 posted 01-26-2011 10:01 AM

That’s a awful pretty jig. When I make a jig it’s never that good looking. Neat and clean, but not that nice. A friend has a jig like you described and it is rather flimsy. I going to make one simmilar to yours so I don’t have to borrow his anymore.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#8 posted 01-26-2011 12:42 PM


-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#9 posted 01-26-2011 01:59 PM

man this is to nice to use…....a work of art…well done

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#10 posted 01-26-2011 02:30 PM

Wow ! Very nice work..and I’ll second Dave on bringing that work of art near a spinning sawblade !


-- Glen, Vernon B.C. Canada

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#11 posted 01-26-2011 02:35 PM

If I was in your shoes, I’ll put that on display and find an angle guide from a garage sale for everyday use.

-- Armando Senson, Virginia Beach, VA

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#12 posted 01-26-2011 02:45 PM

where is the “like” button…

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#13 posted 01-26-2011 04:00 PM

Beautiful, Tim. Like how your mind works. Looks like ingenuity and pure love of the craft.

-- toni --- SW WI...working on shop setup....wish I could say diligently. "Time is a healer, a friend & a maker of dreams."

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#14 posted 01-26-2011 04:57 PM

What a beautiful functional tool.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#15 posted 01-26-2011 05:00 PM

Wow! I wish my “good” projects turned out this nice.



-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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