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Forum topic by Tedstor posted 01-17-2013 06:56 AM 733 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2013 06:56 AM

I’ve been looking at ways to upgrade my current, stock miter gauge on my craftsman 113. My initial thought was to replace it with either the Incra model 27 or 120. I’m still leaning that way, but I just stumbled upon this fence on hartville’s website. Looks like a nice kit and the price seems reasonable. Best I could tell, sourcing comparable parts individually wouldn’t save me enough money to make it worth the extra time and hassle.

I’m thinking I might dress-up my current miter gauge with this fence. Maybe I’ll like the improved gauge enough to stick with it. OR I can add it to the Incra if I still want to upgrade.
Any thoughts?

Specs are 24”
Includes micro-adjust stop, stick-on scale, and mounting hardware.
$35 shipped for the 24”

http://www.hartvilletool.com/product/911/miter-gauges


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#1 posted 01-17-2013 07:00 AM

I wouldn’t have much use for one like that
without a flip stop.

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#2 posted 01-17-2013 11:09 AM

I own and generally like the fence, but as Loren points out I would prefer it to have a flip stop.

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#3 posted 01-17-2013 02:12 PM

I bought the kreg 24” miter guage from Woodcraft – on sale and like it alot.

It’s complete with a nice accurate sliding gauge, flip stop and I believe, the same fence.

It cost more than 35 bucks but I think it’s better than modifying the crude stock gauge. It’s nice to have both.

But, I find I end up grabbing my home made plywood cross cut sliding sled more often than this miter guage.

If you’re on a budget, I’m sure this fence will work fine, the 36” fence seems like overkill. The stop provided looks cheap. Maybe they have a different flip stop available.

Check out the Kreg at Woodcraft. I don’t think you will regret it. $99.00?

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#4 posted 01-17-2013 02:30 PM

I’m a weirdo when it comes to some of these things, but I’ll toss out an opinion.

- I don’t use scales on jigs, I always set my stops using an existing part, ruler, or my combo square scale. My stop is simply a squared piece of wood or Lexan, with a gap in the lowest corner for chip clearance, and some sticky sandpaper applied. The stop is simply clamped to the fence with a small clamp.

- I prefer a strip of cabinet ply or MDF as a fence, adjusted so each new angle cut or blade change creates a fresh kerf. This not only eliminates chipping, but tells me exactly where every cut will be.

- I like flip stops, too. Mine are hinged, with a small magnet to hold them “closed”. Clamped on, just like the non-flippers…

- I do all of my 90 cuts with crosscut sleds. Non-90’s are done with a basic Incra “head”, with the disposable fence screwed to it. Any decent head will work.

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#5 posted 01-17-2013 07:32 PM

I have a very substantial and very heavy mitre gauge and fence that came with my Wadking dimension saw ,however I just got for Christmas an incra for more precise cuts and lighter weight.There is no chance of getting me to part with the wadkin original one of the first things I did was to replace the fence on the incra with a bigger one so I have a brand new neverused one with stop for a small price if anyone in the uk or elsewhere wants it cheap.Say £25 plus postage Alistair

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#6 posted 01-17-2013 08:14 PM

I have the Incra HD1000 miter gauge. Worth every penny!

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