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Miter gauges, which one?

Over the past years about 50, I have acquired a few different miter gauges. I thought I would pass along a few examples and some tips I have. The most accurate is the larger Incra and has a vernier adjustment to under 1 degree. The smaller Incra is very accurate and fine for most work. The old Craftsman with the 36" sacrificial fence has seen a lot of use. The dual Craftsman gauges are used like a cross cut sled for 90 degree cross cuts only. The basic gauge is shown first, a Grizzly with bar slop adjustment, a great feature. The newer Craftsman with the hold down and sliding fence bar is a pretty good one, tho I don't use the hold down much. The Osborne has a unique and precise adjustment bar rather than a degree wheel and pointer. bill

BTW the Incra's miter bars are too short for my liking.
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More photos of miter gauges;
The last photo show a quick way to square the gauge with the table edge keeping a small parallel gap. bill
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Woodenthings thank you for sharing those pics and that is quite a collection. I must admit I feel truly miter gauge deficient after looking at all those different types. I still only possess the one my saw came with and I have since built two cross cut sleds one for 90 degree and one for 45 degree.
I am interested - do you find you use them all for different sawing activities or, as your collection grew, do you find yourself favoring a single one over others which would serve the same function?

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I like that tandem Craftsman setup. Could almost negate the necessity of a sled.
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Woodenthings thank you for sharing those pics and that is quite a collection. I must admit I feel truly miter gauge deficient after looking at all those different types. I still only possess the one my saw came with and I have since built two cross cut sleds one for 90 degree and one for 45 degree.
I am interested - do you find you use them all for different sawing activities or, as your collection grew, do you find yourself favoring a single one over others which would serve the same function?
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The one I use is the one I can find! I'm still tryin' to find the top of my table saw. Believe it or not they all fit on my twin engined saw except, the new Craftsman with the hold down clamp. It won't even slide in the groove, so that one is used only on the new Craftsman saw 22124. I left out one from the Powerematic 68 12" saw, but no one will know unless they read this! I do like and use the small Incra a lot, since the angle setting is very precise. The large Incra is new and I haven't found a "need" for it yet, but hey, it was on sale...saved about $80. The sliding table saws are real appealing, SCMI and others like Gus Dearing has, but I'm only a retired woodworker and even that's questionable. ( the woodworker part)

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The "dual" set up just assures more support for 90 degree cuts, but a crosscut sled would be the way to go for accurate miters if you didn't have a RAS or a SCMS . My theory is ...long workpieces, move the saw, use a miter saw. For short workpieces ( 12" and less), move the work, use a tablesaw.
BTW another 5" or so of length on the miter bar would be great if manufactures would make them a little longer. JMO bill

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I like that tandem Craftsman setup. Could almost negate the necessity of a sled.
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I'd never seen an Osborne.
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I'd never seen an Osborne.
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Ain't he the guy you can't understand anything he says. :smile3:
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