12 Mar Rockler’s Miter Gauge Setup Jig is Simply Brilliant!
The best ideas are uncomplicated, and this one eliminates one of the most annoying little tasks in the woodshop by doing something very obvious. Simply drop one of Rockler’s new miter gauge setup blocks onto the bar on the table saw’s miter gauge, and then swivel the fence to match. It instantly sets up the saw for a perfect 22-1/2 degree cut, or virtually any other angle that a turner, picture framer or furniture builder needs. No more being a quarter of a degree off and having to make that up with the last miter, or segment. The blocks make it a snap to dial in the exact miter gauge settings for frames with anywhere from 4 to 12 sides. Each block has three miter slots, each for a specific polygon (shape). The woodworker can dial up a hexagon, heptagon, octagon, and so on. Just fit the setup block over the miter bar, snug the block up to the fence and tighten the knob to lock in the setting. It eliminates the need for arithmetic, reference charts, test cuts, or trying to compensate for inaccuracies in the miter gauge scale. The blocks are dead-on accurate and fit any miter gauge with a standard 3/4” wide miter bar. Included are three setup blocks – one for 4, 5 and 6 sided frames, one for 7, 8 and 9 sided frames, and one for 10, 11 and 12 sided frames (item 66595, $39.99 for all three). By the way, Woodturner’s Resource has a wonderful online calculator for segmented turning on its website.