new incra 1000 mitre gauge question?????

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Forum topic by SCOTSMAN posted 01-25-2012 05:31 PM 1539 views 1 time favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-25-2012 05:31 PM

I have a slightly daft question since I could really guess the answer but am thinking of buying one of these. How can the measuring tape at the top of the fence be accurate to the edge of the blade? I suppose what I am asking is how can you set it accurately with the blade edge since you have to move it back to allow for not trimming the fence itself.Seems sill question but I would like to know if you set it to say a half inch and then leave it locked at that?? LOve you guys Alistair

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

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#1 posted 01-25-2012 05:44 PM

Alistair, you make a test cut to zero the ruler properly, and the distance from the blade will be accounted for.

Here is a link to the owner’s manual.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 01-25-2012 06:36 PM

Hi Alistair , Hope you don’t use different size (kerf width) blades for ripping & general cutting chores ! ( some of us do), and I think your question not so silly at all ! Apparently you would have to make a new test cut whenever you changed blades etc ?
How’s your weather this time of year ? We are having one of the craziest mildest winter here in North Florida I can remember. Sap still up in a lot of the trees and spring flowering shrubs are confused and in bloom already …Not complaining mind you, just surprised ! Good wishes for kit and kin !

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#3 posted 01-25-2012 07:54 PM

Allistar – I have the same miter. I went through the process in the owners manual and got the tape pretty accurate. Unitl the first time I had to readjust the fence for an angled cut.

In my opinion I find the tape measure on the miter even more usless than one on my TS fence rail. Sure they are good (at elast the TS) is for getting close, but I still end up measuring it each and every time just to be sure.

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#4 posted 01-25-2012 07:57 PM

DYankee how do you find it otherwise I really wonder if I would use all those stops on the miter gauge but it looks so good I am tempted.The measuring tape does seem like an unuseable gimick to me also.Thanks guys Alistair

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

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#5 posted 01-25-2012 08:43 PM

I have one and I Love It.

-- John from Jackson, Michigan

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#6 posted 01-25-2012 09:26 PM

It’s a feel good thing, to get you within a hard rock throw.

-- Joe

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#7 posted 01-25-2012 09:53 PM

I have several incra products, all of which use the tape on top. After setting and adjusting, they are very accurate!

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#8 posted 01-25-2012 10:10 PM

I would agree, they are accurate. But with the miter you have to reposition it for each angle cut, which means the accuracy is lost when you return it to its original postion. Also, if you blades with different kerfs it gets off as well. I only use it to get close, and then proof measure before I set the stop in place.

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#9 posted 01-26-2012 12:42 AM

Alistair, I have the 1000SE with all the tape stuff. I’m old school ‘cause I have to measure each time.. Maybe I just need to learn new stuff, but that’s just how I do things. Love the Incra, and I’d buy it again if I had to.
I use a steel ruler for accuracy. At least using the same ruler each time gives me the same results. Dang, I’m old…...


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#10 posted 01-26-2012 01:16 AM

Ok first let say your just cutting at 90 you make a test cut with the stop block intact take a measurement with a tape measure, now transfer that measurement to the scale on the fence, make a sec. cut and check once again, these should match. This should now be set for as many cut you could possible need to make as long as you do not move the scale on the fence. Now making a angle cut you will need to move the fence as to not come into contact with the blade, and then lock and take a test cut, set scale and you set to make as many cut at that angle. Now if you move to another angle you will have to do the same procedure. After a few dry run this become second nature and you’ll have one of the most accurate miter gauges on the planet. It really is a piece of cake. Incra rocks in my book…BC

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