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A $100 Miter Gauge for $1

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Project by Bricofleur posted 02-05-2013 05:58 PM 13235 views 118 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You can buy an expensive after market miter gauge for $100 and more but I decided to build my own for about $1 hardware I already had in my shop.

I milled two dadoes in a 3/4” MDF scrap (4” X 24”) and glued 1/4” MDF strips to end up with two T-slots 1” apart from the bottom and top edges. The unit slides on the 3/4” MDF suppport I added (screwed) to my miter gauge. Two homemade knobs (think T-bolts and T-nuts) secure the whole assembly where needed to provide good and safe support and to make cuts without tearout at any angle. When the bottom edge will be chopped out, I’ll flip the jig over.

I added two sliding and flipping stop blocks, one within the perimeter of the jig and the second to calibrate longer stock, up to 56”.

Find more photos and all construction details on these pages of my blog.

Thanks for looking.

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com





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Rick M.

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#1 posted 02-05-2013 06:12 PM

Very well built.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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DaddyZ

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#2 posted 02-05-2013 06:15 PM

Nice, Gives me some ideas !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#3 posted 02-05-2013 06:17 PM

Hello Serge

A nice jig with a lot of complements and a sweet grip for the hands

Really for 1$ ? Waouh very not expensive

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#4 posted 02-05-2013 06:44 PM

Serge that is very neat
Did you make some extra lengths?
Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 02-05-2013 06:47 PM

This looks very good Serge. I’ll take 12, for $12, ha, ha. Seriously a great improvement and at such a reasonable cost. Many will appreciate your blog on how to make one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Earlextech

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#6 posted 02-05-2013 06:50 PM

I like it!

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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Bricofleur

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#7 posted 02-05-2013 07:00 PM

Thank you all. I’m glad some likes it.

@Jamie: I forgot to mention it. While at it, I made two, hoping I’ll remember where I hung the second!

Best,

Serge

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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tyvekboy

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#8 posted 02-05-2013 07:01 PM

Good ideas.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#9 posted 02-05-2013 07:05 PM

Smart!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#10 posted 02-05-2013 07:14 PM

Nice Jig! So much for the Incra Miter Gauge in my Rockler Shopping Cart!

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#11 posted 02-05-2013 08:06 PM

Very well made fence. I take it you did not make the mitre gauge for a dollar LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 02-05-2013 08:13 PM

another winner serge

this is one even i can do
and i will too

thanks

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 02-05-2013 08:17 PM

Very nice one Serge.

Best reg
C

-- ->Growing old is mandatory, Growing up is optional-<

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Bricofleur

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#14 posted 02-05-2013 09:51 PM

Thank you guys for leaving such kind comments.

@patron: David, I can’t wait to see what improvement you’ll add and how nice it will end up. (I know you)(no pressure though!) :-)

@corydoras: I used T-bolts.

Best,

Serge

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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#15 posted 02-05-2013 10:01 PM

excellent job

-- Dave, from Canada, http://simplywoodproducts.ca

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