Tips Techniques

SET-UP GAUGE

When I built the schoolhouse clock shown in Woodsmith No. 21, I discovered the importance of an accurate table saw set-up. The clock has an octagonal front frame. To make all the joints fit tight, the ends of each piece have to be precisely mitered at 67'/2°. (This is a setting of 22on some miter gauges.)

It took me quite a while to get the perfect set-up. When I finally got it, I cut a set-up gauge in case I ever wanted to cut the angle again.

I cut the gauge from a scrap of '/«" Ma-sonite that measured about 9" x 12", see inset in drawing. After cutting off one corner (at 67'// in my case), I set the saw at precisely 45° and cut off another corner to use when setting that angle.

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MITER GAUGE

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MITER GAUGE

After cutting the angles you want, clearly mark the corners with arcs so you know immediately which corner to use when cutting a specific angle. The ends of the arc always point to the miter gauge and the saw blade.

By marking the other side of the gauge, you can flip it over to set up the miter gauge when it's in the opposite slot. Finally, drill a hole in one corner of the gauge to hang it near your saw.

Now, whenever I make an angle cut, I don't pay attention to the rough scale on the miter gauge. I just reach for the correct set-up gauge. When I have to set up a new angle, I take an extra minute and make a new gauge for the next time.

Dave Rath Elmhurst, Illinois

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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