Miter Gauge Fences

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Project by Blake posted 06-10-2008 09:50 PM 13072 views 38 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I bought my INCRA miter gauge I purposely got the one with no fence. And not just because it was $100 cheaper than the other versions. I wanted my miter gauge fence to be inexpensive, lightweight, disposable, adaptable, and zero-clearance every time.

So I finally got around to milling up a bunch of MDF just for that purpose. I just used a T-slot router bit. MDF is stable, flat, light, and slides well on the table surface.

I love how these simple fences work. Every time I make a different type of cut (table saw, router table or bandsaw) I just loosen the toilet bolts, slide it over, and cut right through it. It is quick, easy, and I never have tear out. I can mount stops, clamps, fences, doodads, jigs, etc. I can leave them long or cut them shorter. My original pieces are 3 feet long. I can even draw on them or make markings like a story stick. If I need to I can mount a self-adhesive measuring tape on top. They work great and I would never substitute them for a fancy space-aged fence.

Another tip… have the lumber yard slice the MDF into 2” strips. It saves your shop and your lungs from TONS of toxic dust.

The alternative: Pretty fancy but never zero-clearance…

-- Happy woodworking!

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#1 posted 06-10-2008 09:54 PM

cool. i’ve been looking to make a fence to for my miter gauge. thanks or the post.

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#2 posted 06-10-2008 10:05 PM



-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#3 posted 06-10-2008 10:25 PM

Very nice, wher did you find “light” MDF?

I just got the latest FWW for August in and it has a home made MDF sliding table for tablesaw thing in there. Curious how that thing works.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#4 posted 06-10-2008 10:28 PM

Well it’s only 2”x3/4” so it is pretty light weight.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#5 posted 06-10-2008 10:35 PM

Nice money saver, but more importantly – perfect cuts every time (no tear-out) and versatile

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#6 posted 06-10-2008 10:43 PM

Blake don’t loosen those toilet bolt it could get messy…nice work on the fence and I try to aviod MDF in my shop…thanks for posting I have the exact set up minus Toliet bolts…Blkcherry

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#7 posted 06-11-2008 12:21 AM

Very nice setup. MDF is good for you. It builds up your tolerance to withstand nasty exotic woods. That my story and i’m sticking to it.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#8 posted 06-11-2008 12:36 AM

Looks great Blake.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 06-11-2008 12:41 AM

Nice. I agree Blake, I always liked zero clearance fences. I have the same mite guage and I bolt bolt on scrap fences. Your replaceable toilet system looks like the cat’s meow.

I think that sliding tables should have support on both sides of the blade also. The one mentioned in FWW above only covers one side, but I guess that makes it easier to build/maintain.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 06-11-2008 12:44 AM

Sweet. I’m using that V27 for my bandsaw but hadn’t really thought about it seriously for TS use – until now.

-- Use the fence Luke

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#11 posted 06-11-2008 02:02 AM

Good one Blake. Why pay a lot of money when you can make it yourself.

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

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#12 posted 06-11-2008 02:18 AM

I have nearly the same setup but I use red oak and bolt them on. I have several that are already laid out for certain pieces that I build frequently. I can mount one crosscut fence and have all the measurements good to go. Another reason reason I won’t buy a miter saw for crosscuts.

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#13 posted 06-11-2008 02:24 AM

Cheap and simple – 1…expensive and complicated – 0! The fact that its zero clearance and you can set it up any way you need to..good support on both sides, and ultimately disposable…great idea. Cheap and easy to make too. You could probably design some sort of flip/ stop that rides in the t slot and flips over the top for repeatable lengths, or now that I think about it there is probably something commercially made that would work.


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#14 posted 06-11-2008 02:54 AM

try putting a slot in the front face. you can then add adjustable length stops. I also have constructed a right angle jig that I attach to mine and use to cut tenons. It works nearly as well as the expensive cast iron ones and attaches in seconds with two t bolts. I also have made a couple of jigs to cut wheel treads on toy wheels that connect to the fence with t bolts. there are endless ways to use this setup to make repeat cuts thru a wide range on angles and hold small pieces securely and keep those fingers away.

-- chebeaguewoodbutcher

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#15 posted 06-11-2008 03:04 AM

Very cool. I might try that. Toilet bowl bolts – good idea. Why didn’t I think of it.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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