Osborne EB-3 - just bought one

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Forum topic by Charlie posted 09-22-2012 03:46 PM 745 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-22-2012 03:46 PM

I just bought an EB-3 for $108 shipped.
I’m finally getting ready to make doors for our kitchen remodel (18 of them) and I was out in the shop just tweaking setups and spent some time to get my miter gauge sliding perfectly in the slot and 90 degrees to the blade, etc.

Made a couple of test cuts… several actually… and the miter gauge was sloppy in the slot again. Huh? So I adjusted it AGAIN to get it snug, but still sliding nicely. A few test cuts and it’s sloppy again. Now I’m like, “Are you freakin’ kidding me?”. So I examined it and discovered that the little set screws that you adjust to take up the slop, were touching the edges of the miter slot in such a way that a little back and forth motion would actually cause them to TURN and go out of adjustment.

I came up with all kinds of exotic “fixes” and then just decided to fix it by buying an Osborne EB-3.

Most people who need to use a miter gauge regularly don’t seem too happy with the stock miter gauge and this seems like a logical “fix”

So far this kitchen remodel has netted me a bunch of new tools.
First was the table saw (Steel City 35990G)
Planer (Dewalt 734)
Jointer (Grizzly GO654)
several router bits and saw blades
and now the EB-3

And we’re STILL saving a TON of money over what it would have cost us to have pre-built cabinets and a contractor doing the work.

This job has been really hard on the oldest of my tools. My old Craftsman circular saw and my 3/8 corded drill are about to give up and quit. And my Makita cordless drill is getting real tired as well. I might be able to keep the Makita going just by getting some new batteries if they still make them for this drill. Even if they do I’d have to see if the cost would be better put towards a new cordless drill. The corded drill and circular saw may make it to the end of this job, but …. not sure. :)

Anyways… I should have the EB-3 on Thursday. We’ll see how that works out.

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#1 posted 09-22-2012 03:54 PM

I have one, and have been very please with it. I think you’ll love it.

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

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#2 posted 09-22-2012 04:41 PM

I also just got the EB-3. It’s HUGE, but I really like it! Can’t beat it at the current price!

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#3 posted 09-22-2012 05:18 PM

The EB-3 is my “go to” miter gauge. I also like my Incra V27, and liked how well built the Woodhaven was, but the WH was much more cumbersome to chance angles on.

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