Miter Gauge - Gets to Know Your Miter Gauge

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28 August 2021

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"How do I square a Miter Gauge?," is a question often asked by a woodworker who is just getting started. There are a number of different ways to do this depending on the brand and style of saw. The Miter Gauge is a small tool that measures the distance between two parallel lines and is used to join pieces of wood together for cutting purposes. When properly used, the miter gauge allows the woodworker to get a precise square cut. This article will help the beginning woodworker square the miter gauge.

Square the Miter Gauge by Squareting Up The Miter Gauge by Turning the Miter Gauge Upside Down One of the easiest ways to square the miter gauge is to simply turn it upside down. Here is a simple trick learned early in high school gym class. Square up the miter gauge by loosening the nut, turning the miter gauge over and, using the small bar in the square slot, pressing the head into the square slot until the teeth line up.

This trick requires a straight-edge and a Miter Gauge, but the result is often surprisingly accurate. To execute this trick, start by installing the fence and straightening the saw blade with a miter slot. Then slide the fence and straight edge onto the table saw's table top, making sure the fence's slot is lined up with the miter slot.

With the Miter Gauge aligned to the miter slot, tighten the nut, push the fence down all the way and then turn it over to make the saw blades crosscutting slots. The reason you need to do this is that when the cross cutting teeth are lined up with the miter gauge, you can simply push the fence down all the way. In order to make sure the blades are lined up properly, you will need to adjust the degree of crosscutting with the degree of overlap. Another way to check this is to stand directly behind the table saw and look down on it from the proper angle. When you see two identical vertical lines on either side of the saw's miter slot, adjust the degree of overlap to a degree that corresponds with your horizontal line.

The final step in this method is to adjust the height of the fence. You may find this task overwhelming because the fence's height directly affects how much the fence cuts away from the miter slots. For this reason, some people like to use a horizontal marker along the fence to indicate the precise height necessary for each specific cut. However, if you use a precise gauge and want to compensate for human error, it is probably best to just leave the fence off of the miter slots entirely.

The final step in this method involves the use of a framing square. With this tool, you can mark the exact positions of where you will adjust and flatten the fence to ensure each miter slot will cut neatly into the wood. This is especially important if you do not have access to a framing square when you begin this project.

One final detail to deal with before you start is using clamps to hold the hairline on the back of the featherboard in place. You will also want to use clamps to hold the miter guides in place. These clamps allow you to lock everything in place and keep everything perfectly straight. There are many different styles of clamps to choose from so it is easy to find one that will work with your existing framing square. If you plan to do more than one project with this technique, it is usually easiest to use separate clamps for the various pieces of wood you will be cutting.

A crosscut sled is an excellent resource for learning this process. With this tool, you can basically perform the entire operation without ever having to touch a saw blade. A crosscut sled allows you to move the workpiece in a variety of rotations, which eliminates the need to parallelize or even cut across at all. This is one of the easiest methods to use when you are doing projects where precision is extremely important such as miter saw assembly.

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