Small work piece limitations?
Interesting thread, great comments. Got my own 1000 SE/HD? at Lee Valley for a few degrees north of a hundred bucks which seems in keeping with everybody else's average cost.
I'm really happy with it and I always though I'd have to get anal to work to 10ths of a degree, but now that I'm dabbling in segmented turning, I can't imagine living without it.
Dvoight: Sorry yours was out by that much, but I have to say, I got great service from a fellow at INCRA which really helped inform my purchasing decision. I don't recall his name at the moment but I'll be happy to dig it up if you tell me you want it. Given my experience with him, I'm certain he will address this problem to your satisfaction. IMO their CS is top notch. Also, my experience in shopping a lot at Lee Valley, is that they will take care of your product problems with no conditions attached under their 90 day satisfaction guarantee, and that has certainly been my experience with the very few problems I've had over the many years that I have shopped there, so that's something to consider for your next WW purchase.
RIGGOD: I'm sorry you're not happy with your V27. I'm happy with mine as long as I accept its limitations, but now that I have the 1000, and have also since built my multi-purpose band saw sled, the V27 will migrate over to my stationary sanders where it will be more than adequate. Incidentally, the V120 has now supplanted the V27 so perhaps that has the necessary upgrades, but I haven't yet personally checked it out, so I can't comment.
NOW THE MAIN REASON I CAME HERE TODAY - PLEASE HELP:
I work a lot with small pieces, and am having a lot of trouble getting my head around how to do this safely, because boy, holding down, especially at higher angles, really brings my fingers a lot closer to the danger zone than I really care to experience, so I pretty well don't do that anymore, and can only guage off to a stop block on the fence side, but that is not as accurate and wastes a lot of material.
I've read a bit here about MDF fences and so forth, so I wonder if anybody has had some success with that. I made a fence/bed combo which I've attached to the main fence by drilling a couple of holes (I had to square off the heads of the screws a bit to get them into the slot, because I didn't want to open up the slot itself to get the full head through) and screwing it on from behind, and put a small toggle on the bed, which works fine in principle, but because of the many angles that I always cut to, requires repositioning at least, and more often than not, replacing the entire auxilliary fence/bed in order to obtain even a reasonably minimal clearance, not to mention how it minimizes the capacity of the guage.
I meant to post an image, but haven't yet figured out how to do that, and will do so if necessary.
Does anybody have an alternative solution that's worked for them? Your ideas would be very much welcomed and appreciated.