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02-16-2012 03:05 AM

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All: I like to make angle cuts on the band and table saws. What is the best tool to transfer say a 60.5 deg angle to the saw. I have a small protractor and a bevel. I always have to peck and chip to get it just right. I would like, just for once to hit it right the first time.

Any and all help would be appreciated.


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#1 posted 02-16-2012 03:28 AM

Use a machinist’s square. It has a protractor built on it. I have a Starrett and I really like it. Just turn the blade to the right setting and place it on the wood then draw the line. Done. I think they are about $40 or so. In my area (lots of machine shops) they are plentiful in pawn shops.

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#2 posted 02-16-2012 05:18 AM

Digital protractor. Bosch, Wixey, other brands.

Bora Angle Master Duplicator. Festool Miterfast.

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#3 posted 02-17-2012 03:02 AM

Those digital angle gauges work great and are cheap.

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#4 posted 02-17-2012 03:07 AM

I back Loren & gfadvm. Those digtal angle gauge are great.
I use it on my table saw all the time. I trust it enough where I don’t even use a square anymore.

Everytime I check the prices on these things it gets cheaper and cheaper.
I probably end up getting another one.

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#5 posted 02-17-2012 03:13 AM

Check out this one. It looks like it would work for you and only $20,42936,50298&p=69055

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#6 posted 02-17-2012 03:17 AM

Incra 1000SE. Actually, the v120 would be a huge step up from a factory miter gauge. These have a fractional vernier so you can get fractions of a degree.

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#7 posted 02-17-2012 03:19 AM

Thanks for the input. I will let you guy’s know which way I went.

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#8 posted 02-17-2012 07:32 AM

i use all starrett layout tools and a router on a pivot point for large radius work and 1/4 inch mdf templates and a festool ts 75 to cut out my angled patterns the clamp my patterns to to my stock and use a large pattern bit with upper bearing with turnaknives to make perfect copies, ive got a 5000 dollar altendorf mitergauge on the slider but the festool is much faster and wherever you put that rubber edge thats where it cuts. so basicly a 700 dollar festool plunge saw makes more accurate angle cuts than a 50,000 dollar altendorf saw. on the bandsaw i use a pivot point just like the router but in reverse and can spin perfect radius work up to a certain point. i always use patterns so if i screw up its only mdf not expensive material

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