Back during the summer Woodpecker's came out and offered an introductory price for this new miter gauge.
I have been using an Incra miter gauge but it had drawbacks that I
wished were not present.
The biggest drawback, and also a feature, is the ability to lock in the
flip stop to repeatable distances. In a perfect world this would be
great. And for the most part it was an appreciated feature.
The problem is the closest absolute resolution settings are to the
closest 32nd of an inch.
While we seldom design for this small measurement, our materials dictate otherwise. And that is especially true when selling work as a business.
You work with what you have.
Adjusting to to other than the indexed settings require re-calibration.
And while re-calibration is not difficult, it is an extra step.
And then there are the slide in scales that tend to slide on their own.
I prefer fixed markings for measurements.
So the new Woodpeckers miter gauge came in 2 months early and I pretty
much like it right off the bat.
The scales are permanently laser etched. The miter bar is about 24"
long and has a leaf spring type gap adjustment. The miter bar needs no adjustment and the fit in the miter slot is pretty snug, but still easy
While this miter gauge is not adjustable for cuts other than 90 degrees
my cuts are 99.95% 90 degree cuts. I still have my Incra if I need to
cut other than 90 degrees.
And because the miger gauge only cuts at 90 degrees the fence never has
to be moved to clear the blade or re-calibrated. The end of the fence
sets up at 1/8" left of the blade left tooth.
The miter bar is steel with some type of anti-corrosion coating and with
the exception of the screws, nuts, and washers is all aluminum.
So no rushing, I hope. My Incra miter gauge has rusted significantly.
The cut capacity is 45" on the new miter gauge and the flip stop is easy
to adjust in finer increments than 32nds of an inch. And no
re-calibration is necessary after tweaking the flip stop. Where it fits
on the scale is where it cuts.
When I ordered I got special pricing and was not billed until a week or
so ago when the miter gauge was actually shipped.
Since the introduction Woodpeckers has added a feature called a
FlopStop. And fortunately theis add on was included for original orders
for no extra cost. This small addition to the miter gauge fence
prevents the fence from dropping when the miter gauge is slid back and
off of the front of the TS table. This makes cross cuts of up to 24"
deep relatively easy.
Can your miter gauge do this?
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