|Project by MayflowerDescendant||posted 02-19-2011 09:31 AM||3338 views||9 times favorited||5 comments|
While the miter guide that comes with most quality contractor or cabinet table saws is adequate, most of us (sooner or later) upgrade and/or add to our tool collection a number of after-market miter guides. The Osborne EB-3, Accu-Miter, Jess-Em, Kreg and Incra are just a few. Each seem have their pros and cons or are better suited for one type of operation or another. The problem is … most of these are both bulky and heavy, and take up a lot of space to store. For example, the Osborne EB-3 is 24 inches wide and 22 inches long. How and where does one store a number of them so they are readily accessible when you need them? If you have 3 or 4 of them and want to hang them, you would need a good-size wall area. Finally, I decided to come up with a holder to mount my most used / preferred miter guide (the Osborne EB-3) to the side of my Delta contractor style table saw.
I have tried to select pictures that show the necessary detail, with and without the miter guide in place. Honestly, it’s probably easier to build from the pictures and having the gauge at hand, than to describe it in words. However, for those who like a detailed description, here it goes …
The holder is made up of 5 main components. First, I cut an angle strip to mount on the side of my enclosed table saw stand (horizontally, along the bottom). The Delta table saw stand tapers upward at approximately 10.5 degrees. This provides me with a vertical surface to which I can screw the bottom edge of the main backer sheet (a piece of 1/2-inch plywood, measuring 25 inches wide by 23 inches high. Ensuring the ply is being held perfectly vertical, measure and cut another piece that will support the top edge of the plywood. Screw that piece horizontally, along the top of the table saw cabinet, and then, along the top of the plywood. The piece of plywood should now be mounted perfectly vertical to the side of your contractor saw stand. The fourth component will support the portion of the miter fence that is to the right of the miter slot guide (in my case, that piece is 4.5 inches wide). The fifth component will support the portion of the miter fence that is to the left of the miter slot guide (in my case, that piece is 19.5 inches wide. Don’t forget to notch out the fence support (as shown in the pictures) to allow the miter fence “flip stop” to clear. Swinging that flip stop up (as shown) has the effect of wrapping around the fence support, further steadying the guide.Mount the last two pieces horizontally across the ply, leaving a gap between the components – clearance for the miter guide itself. In my case, I left a 1-inch gap (for the 3/4-inch wide miter slot guide).
Obviously, you do not have to finish such a piece but I did (to match the rest of my shop storage solutions, workbench, etc.). The finish I used was 3 coats of Minwax’s Helmsmann Indoor/Outdoor Spar Urethane (semi-gloss).
I like the end result. The EB-3 has a proper home, it’s not being banged around, handy and right where I need it to be, etc. Obviously, one could adapt the same concept for a cabinet saw or any other make / model of miter gage.
Thanks for looking. Any questions, just ask. Play safe.
-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada