handling miter gauge at end of table.

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Forum topic by leftcoaster posted 06-06-2016 03:06 PM 663 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-06-2016 03:06 PM

This is sort of a dumb question, but here goes.

I got an INCRA miter gauge, which is awesome. However, I find that it gets pretty unwieldy when I pull it back towards me—there just isn’t enough support for the gauge and it wants to fall back off the table. The last thing I want to do is drop it on the floor or (far worse) come into contact with a blade.

Should the little disks in the track be snug enough that it won’t lift up even with the gauge and fence suspended off the table edge? Is that even possible?

Bosch 4100 saw.

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#1 posted 06-06-2016 05:22 PM

Unfortunately that will not help. Most miter gauges are limited to about 11” of travel or cut. And that is on a saw with a 27” table. To cut wider boards, you will need a sled.

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#2 posted 06-07-2016 04:17 AM


I do not have the INCRA mitre gauge, so I cannot offer an opinion regarding adjusting the gauge.

Sometimes a little wider board or mitre can be cut if the mitre gauge is flipped around. In this configuration, the work piece is between the mitre gauge and the woodworker. I can be a little tricky, and if the board is too wide it can be dangerous, since the workpiece must be held firmly against the mitre gauge face throughout the cut. Also if an auxiliary fence is mounted to the mitre gauge, the fence has to be repositioned or the mitre gauge must be run in the opposite of normal mitre slot.

A panel cutting or cross cut sled is a better solution for cutting wide stock, especially because reversing the mitre gauge to cut a too wide of a board puts the operator leaning way over the table saw to complete the cut. This is a position I think should be avoided. Nonetheless, flipping the mitre gauge around for certain mitre cuts can work well.

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#3 posted 06-07-2016 04:50 AM

No. Don’t tighten it that much. Snug fit but easy travel.

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