|Project by FloridaArt||posted 06-29-2012 01:31 PM||10874 views||18 times favorited||5 comments|
June, 2012—On a recent project I needed to cross-cut multiple pieces to the exact same length. Measuring and cutting each piece individually got old fast. So I decided to build an extension fence for my DeWalt miter saw. The fence is on the left side of the saw. Two pieces are store-bought from our local Woodcraft store: The Incra 36-inch T-Track Plus with Adjustable Scale (Woodcraft #142582), and the Kreg Production Stop (Kreg #KMS7800).
On the left side of the saw is a hole ready for a machine screw. I found a screw to fit the thread in my junk pile. You can see this in the second photo. Also, the saw has a small lip just under that screw, running along the side of the saw. I decided to use the screw and the lip to support the fence and connect it to the saw. The third and fourth photo show the fabricated support piece with a slot. The slot allows the fence to be quickly attached or removed from under the screw on the saw. This supports the right side of the fence. The left side of the fence is supported by a removable support elevator, doweled into the hinged leaf of my miter table.
The fence itself is a glue up of planed pallet lumber, probably pine. A rabbit on the bottom makes a tight joint with the half-inch plywood base. A rabbit on the top is needed to provide clearance for the Kreg Production Stop (in the rear of the stop, where it drops down a fraction below the Incra T-Track). Lastly, a small piece of wood is attached to the underside of the working end of the Stop. This will prevent small work from sliding under the Stop.
Finally I adjusted the rule (scale) that comes with the Incra T-Track. Between the slide-able track rule and the adjustable red-line cursor lens in the Kreg Production Stop, it is very easy to set this up with high accuracy. And the Production Stop, when tightened with the knob, is very secure. It does not bend nor wobble. This will be great for repetitive cuts!
The rule / scale that comes with the Incra is really too short. This is because the first seven inches or so are not used because the track does not extend to the right all the way to the blade. Not a big deal, but it would have been nice had the 36-inch Incra T-Track come with a 48-inch rule.
To cut pieces less than 8-inches in length, the Associate at the Woodcraft store gave me this tip: Cut a piece of wood accurately to 10-inches. Then use that as a spacer between the Stop and the work. So if I need a 4-inch piece, I would set my stop to 14-inches and butt the work up against the 10-inch spacer, which is in turn butted against the Stop. Easy!
The entire fence is coated with water-based semi-gloss polyurethane. I am very happy with the final result, and I expect this will make my use of this miter saw much more enjoyable!
-- Art | Bradenton, Florida