Miter saw fence and two stops

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-08-2013 01:45 AM 5581 views 21 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a fence for the miter saw bench in in our Arizona wood shop.
I laminated 4 pieces of maple plywood to make it. This stuff had black -almost like plastic- layers on the outside. It was rough and Titebond 3 stuck it together real well. I did not have a T- slot cutter so I used a 12 degree dovetail bit for the grooves and made 2 aluminum nuts to ride in them.
I made the knobs out of maple and put T-nuts in with epoxy.
It is fitted with two stops. One is reversible 2 ways. One way is to use the short or long side – the long side is for short pieces where you need the stop right close to the blade. The short side works for pieces way far away from the blade. Then it can be flipped over and used with the 45 degree miter against the fence for short and long pieces. I use this set up to cut picture frame members to keep them exactly the same length. The second cut end rides on the angle rather than gaging from the thin edge which is not reliable for repeatability.

The other stop is the flip stop which I thought might be nice to have in case you are in the middle of a job and someone else needs to cut something. You can flip it up and then down and be right back where you were.

In the end view notice there is a piece of oak in with that plywood. I did not tighten one of the fence bolts on the router table for making the first rough cut in the center of the dove tails and the 1/2” bit wandered way off center. I had to make a “patch” and then get on with it.

The long stop is red oak. The body of the flip gage is mahogany and the flipper is white oak. I just used what I had in the size I needed. They are finished with clear lacquer.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 05-08-2013 01:49 AM

Looks great, and well thought out! Congratulations on another outstanding project.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 05-08-2013 02:12 AM

Excellent job Jim! I liked how you laminated the plywood together to make the fence.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 05-08-2013 05:41 AM

That’s a first class setup Jim.
Great job.

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#4 posted 05-08-2013 07:21 AM

Clever Jim.
You always make things look so simple and with few means you make it pro and elegant.
A real Jim.
A real gem.
Best thoughts my friend,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 05-08-2013 07:42 AM

Brilliant Jim. This looks like a very useful and well made fence. The stops are very cool. I like the way the swing up stop is held in position while in use and the long stop with the angle end.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 05-08-2013 08:27 AM

Really great item! Got some aluminium for free so I’m gonna use that but….. This should look so elegant in a wood workshop!

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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#7 posted 05-08-2013 12:07 PM

Nice build Jim. This will be a good addition to your mitre saw.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 05-08-2013 12:47 PM

excellent job!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 05-08-2013 12:53 PM

Sure seems you have thought this project out fairly well Jim, Nice build sir.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#10 posted 05-08-2013 01:29 PM

Great job Jim. As for the flip stops, do you have any more detailed pictures of those? What hardware was used in the flip mechanism? Does it have any play?

-- Matt, Arizona,

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#11 posted 05-08-2013 02:32 PM

Looks real COOL!

I’m curious how you made those aluminum nut that ride in those dovetail slots…
... possible to expand on that?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#12 posted 05-08-2013 08:03 PM

Hi Joe. We live in the High Chaparral RV park in Casa Grande, Az. in the winter. It is a small cowboy park where you don’t have a lot of regulations , you never need to wear a badge ( we don’t need no stinking badges!!), and every one is friendly and knows everyone and is very helpful to each other.

I made the 3/8×1x2 aluminum nuts on the milling machine. I cut a 12 degree on each side using the Wixie gage to accurately set them up. I drilled and tapped a hole in each one… then countersunk the hole on the bottom and put in a flat head 1/4”-20 screw with red Locktite on the threads . It works pretty good, but I would rather have used a T- slot if I had the cutter…

Hi Matt. When I get the camera back in the shop, I’ll take some detailed pictures. I cannot take the 2 pieces apart because I put them together with an 8 penny finishing nail for the pivot. I made the T nut out of aluminum as I just explained to Joe and the knob was turned from maple with a T-nut epoxied in the bottom.
When it flops down in that slot, it has no play at all.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 05-08-2013 08:46 PM

I really like your work, it is very practical, well thought out, thanks for the idea, and I really need it …

-- Lathe and my imagination will do everything to realize my dreams...Vanzemaljac

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#14 posted 05-08-2013 10:10 PM

Thanks, Vanzemaljac. I have a similar one that I use in my home shop and I love it. It makes repeatability easy and I like easy!!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 05-08-2013 10:23 PM

Hi Matt. Here are some shots of the flip stop off the fence. Like I said the pivot is a nail. You can see it in the hole in the end view. this is just the way I chose to make it but there are a lot of other ways to do it- I just do it this way so the flipper is captured real good when it is down….........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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