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Miter gauge extension with stop block

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Project by TomFran posted 2413 days ago 7664 views 12 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is an accessory that I made to improve my miter gauge. It helps considerably to hold the work secure when crosscutting. This little improvement has helped me, and so I thought that posting it might be useful to others.

I used a piece of MDF and cut slots for my stop block. On the back (picture 3), I put a slot for my stop block when I’m not using it. I also put some anti-skid sandpaper on the face of it to keep things from moving when I’m crosscutting (Niki gets credit for that idea). This is a revision of a plan I found in one of my magazines. The bit can be purchased from Woodhaven or MLCS. I like the t-slots better than using t-track for this application.

I used this bit to cut the slots for the stop block.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28





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#1 posted 2413 days ago

Good job Tom. Looks like it will work to me.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 2413 days ago

Thanks Gary.

Hey, did you notice that Freud, thin kerf combination blade? Just got that, and I love it! It’s the best blade I’ve ever owned. Thanks for the recommendation on that.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#3 posted 2413 days ago

good work tom

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#4 posted 2413 days ago

Looks like that will work really well Tom. I like the storage idea for the block to get it out of the way and not miss place it….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 2413 days ago

Thanks mrtrim and Max!

Yes, storing the block in the back saves a lot of looking ;^D

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 2413 days ago

I like it Tom. It looks very robust & accurate.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 2413 days ago

Tom – You finally broke down and got a blade, huh? Good choice.

I’m glad you’re happy with it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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TomFran

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#8 posted 2413 days ago

Thanks Grumpy. It really is a big improvement over using just a mitre gauge.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#9 posted 2413 days ago

Gary, I even sprung for the Freud Glue Line blade! I haven’t used that yet, but I know I’m going to love it. I wasn’t prepared to go all the way with the Woodworker II blade (at over $100), but I took the plunge and moved up to the Freud blades. These things are like cutting butter with a hot knife compared to what I had been using (which I thought were pretty decent blades).

Guess I’ll have to do a “Review” on the Freud blades pretty soon… ;^D

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#10 posted 2413 days ago

Hey Tom. How’s life in Surfside? Heading that way next weekend. Nice upgrade. I was wondering what function picture 3 served. Couldn’t guess it until I read your comments. Nice idea. Out of the way, but at hand.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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Dadoo

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#11 posted 2413 days ago

So what happened to the pic of Tom Cruise? Did ya think we didn’t notice? I’ll bet his wife wants him to build new kitchen cabinets now, thanx to you! So he’s probably run out and bought the best tablesaw there ever was, (cuz he’s got bucks) and now he’s gonna lose those pretty fingers, and his next movie will be called “Stumpy” or something like that.

OK, enough rambling. Nice miter extension Tom! The sandpaper is also a good idea.

*I’ll bet the Mormons have taken you off their Christmas list!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#12 posted 2413 days ago

Great idea for the parking spot for the stop block on the back. Thinking “outside the box” pays off.

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#13 posted 2413 days ago

Jeff,

Good to hear from you! Glad I didn’t disappoint you with that last picture.

Life in Surfside is good. Next weekend, the wife and I are going to be in Charleston. We got one of those time share freebees that we’re taking advantage of. Sorry I’m going to miss you again, but let me know when you come again. We’ll go to Workshop Tools and have some fun!

Have a great time while your here ;^D

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#14 posted 2413 days ago

Dadoo,

So you liked my Tom Cruise pic huh? I just stuck that up for a while, because Mot had a discussion going about people on the Internet, and how you could be somebody that you really are not. Was just having a little fun. I don’t think Tom Cruise is going to get into woodworking any time soon.

Thanks for the kind comments!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#15 posted 2413 days ago

Hi rikkor,

I wish I could take the credit for “thinking outside the box” on this, but I got the plan for this from one of my magazines. The only “improvement” to the design was the non-slip sandpaper. But, thanks for the gracious comment!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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