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Quick change miter fence

I'm just wondering if there's a quicker method to swap out various fences for the miter push bar/fence? I know..two little bolts, zip, zap, zowie, but lately I've found myself needing to change fences, left to right, various lengths and so on so it gets me wondering if there's a quicker way other than unbolting and rebolting the difference fences I have sitting around. It also makes me wonder about the accuracy if there was such a way. I know there are some fences that slide to be wider, etc. I guess I'm thinking of some type of quick release mechanism to fit most any miter setup for either table saw and perhaps router tables, etc.

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Hmm.. Thinking perhaps a quick cam t-bolt type setup if it's small enough to fit the back side of the miter gauge. Lately I'm going through several boards, cutting through them at various angles and constantly having to remake my nice 90 edge. Maybe a dovetail slot in each fence board? It would be kind of nice to have a whole bunch of them sitting around and not have to redrill new holes every time..

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I would just copy a commercially available sliding back fence.

The t slot you described sounds about right.


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I think I originally misunderstood what problem you were trying to solve. But it sounds like your on to something.

I think many people make sleds for various tasks in place of the mitre gauge. I know Ive made a few.

Making one right now for a box joint jig

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I have the 22" works well.

https://www.ptreeusa.com/tablesaw_miter_fence.html

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My concern with the aluminum fence /extensions is running into metal parts with the blade. What I really need is a quick replaceable wood fence that also acts as a sacrificial fence for mitigating tear out and such. The last fence i used way too much had all kinds of cuts at all kinds of angles and the nice, clean reference point for a 90 cut I could just eyeball kept disappearing so what i really want is the best of both worlds, everything to be perfect all the time..asking too much? Maybe consistent perfection without having to think is a bit too much to ask for..lol
Seriously though, I would like to have several precut fences to remain flat and at 90 I can cut into and just dispose of whenever without having to drill into and readjust constantly ..

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You just need to make a few, then drill and mount threaded studs where the attachment would take place to the mitre gauge. Then use wing nuts for the quick swap.

They make threaded studs that are course threaded on one side to thread into wood that are fine threaded on the other for a bolt.

Make one for 45 cuts of either direction, and one for 90 cuts, and any other common cut you make. Then one for total oddball stuff


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I've had this "problem" on my project plate for a while. I'm thinking to use a router T-slot bit in either maple or poplar....

I am going to get a second mitre body - and have one for left, one for right. it's true, having to swap out parts is a pita however comma but there's a more important issue. if you have to tweak the angles, disassembling/swapping/adjusting/re-setting up..... doesn't work

I have the Rockler 45 'sled'
https://www.rockler.com/45-degree-miter-sled
which is super for rapid left/right __if__ everything is exactly on 45'...

the required 'slot' length adjustment is only on the order of 3"
the centerline to centerline distance mitre slot to blade center on my Delta is 6" left, 5" right (nominal/approximate/non-gnat's xss....)
at 45' that stretches to 8.5 and 7, respectively.
a clever design with the T-slots same distance from table top would allow for 'one design' - slots on left end and slots on right end - use on either side, just make 3,4 of them....
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