A $100 Miter Gauge for $1

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Project by Bricofleur posted 442 days ago 8261 views 107 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.



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Rick M.

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#1 posted 442 days ago

Very well built.

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#2 posted 442 days ago

Nice, Gives me some ideas !!!

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

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#3 posted 442 days ago

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

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#4 posted 442 days ago

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

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#5 posted 442 days ago

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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#6 posted 442 days ago

I like it!

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

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#7 posted 442 days ago

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!



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#8 posted 442 days ago

Good ideas.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

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#9 posted 442 days ago


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

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#10 posted 442 days ago

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

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#11 posted 442 days ago

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

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#12 posted 442 days ago

another winner serge

this is one even i can do
and i will too


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#13 posted 442 days ago

Very nice one Serge.

Best reg

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#14 posted 442 days ago

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.



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#15 posted 442 days ago

excellent job

-- Dave, from Canada,

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