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Forum topic by JustJoe posted 01-02-2014 04:26 PM 2093 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-02-2014 04:26 PM

I got this miter gauge in a box lot years ago and never used it because it’s broke or missing a simple screw and I can’t figure out how it’s supposed to go together securely. There is a hole where, on all my other miter gauges, a bolt goes through the bar and threads onto the gauge itself. On this gauge there are no threads.

That’s the top view. I looked online and there appear to be different styles made by Jet so I can’t narrow it down anymore than to say the knob is unique to the gauge. The missing piece would go in that hole to the left of the big “E.”

Here’s the bottom view. You can see the hole with the missing screw right in the middle.

If anyone has the same gauge and could look and tell me what I might be missing I’d appreciate it.
No hurry – it’s not my go-to gauge, or my backup, or my backup’s backup.
thanks
Joe

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#1 posted 01-02-2014 04:35 PM

I don’t have one Joe, but I bet its a peened pin similar to the one in the slot.

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#2 posted 01-02-2014 04:43 PM

Don – none of the other parts are peened. The disc on the end screws onto the bar with a taper-head bolt, and the handle in the slot screws into the bar from the top.
If I can’t figure out what the correct hardware is, I might just mill a countersink on the bottom of the bar and run a long bolt with a taper-head up from the bottom, let it stick out up top with a nut/washer.

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#3 posted 01-02-2014 04:53 PM

Any chance it should have a roll pin in it?

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#4 posted 01-02-2014 05:14 PM

Joe,if it already got loose and came out it will come loose again.,may be your idea of countersinking on the bottom +long bolt is a more permanent solution.

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#5 posted 01-02-2014 05:14 PM

I feel like I’m setting myself up for some big punchline here, but what is a roll pin?

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#6 posted 01-02-2014 05:18 PM

it looks like the hole is missing. you may have to drill and tap your own. Pretty similar to most others.

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#7 posted 01-02-2014 05:23 PM

roll pins are also known as split pins. It is a piece of metal that is rolled to a specific diameter. there is a gap where the ends meet and as it is slightly oversize it is squeeze to gether when driven in the hole and uses friction to hold in place. Usually you see them holding a gear to a shaft in low torque applications. I don’t think your application had a roll pin. I think it probably was threaded at one time and a previous user stripped the threads. I think your countersink and bolt is the beat idea.

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#8 posted 01-02-2014 05:32 PM

Problem solved. Nothing is missing, it’s just a crappy way to build a miter gauge.
I went through all the diagrams on ereplacements for JET until I found a tablesaw with that gauge. The parts diagram shows that the knob is supposed to hold the two pieces firmly together. The distortion on mine right at the 90 degree mark shows that it probably doesn’t hold it very good because mine slipped around enough to really mess that point up.

I’m going to just countersink the bar and put a bolt in there.

thanks for the attempts to help.

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#9 posted 01-02-2014 05:48 PM

better check with sawstop
they may have a patent
on the bolt
thru the hole thing

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#10 posted 01-02-2014 05:50 PM

Don’t get me started on that topic please, I’m low on medicine…

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#11 posted 01-02-2014 05:53 PM

Why doncha just get an Incra, and be done with it ? No medicine involved there!

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#12 posted 01-02-2014 05:58 PM

roll pin

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#13 posted 01-02-2014 06:00 PM

how about a cab connector bolt
cut the two pieces down
to the size you need

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#14 posted 01-02-2014 06:12 PM

Why doncha just get an Incra, and be done with it
If I was in the market for another gauge, and had that kind of money to spend, then I would. But I’m not. This is just a gauge I got with a bunch of other stuff a long time ago and I thought it would be nice to make it usable again. I’ve got other gauges I use on a regular basis, it just didn’t seem right to throw this one back in a shed to rot for another 10 years.

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#15 posted 01-02-2014 06:18 PM

I don’t know Joe. It looks a lot like a craftsman I used to have. It never could get the slop out of the miter slot and get it square. You might be ahead to throw it back in the shed. Give it a try.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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