For the Delta to work on Craftsman TS I believe that I had to move the miter
bar. If you look at the bottom of the jig there are two sets of holes. The
Miter bar is screwed onto the base using one set leaving the second set open.
I used the set of holes closest to the right edge of the jig and mounted a 3/4
inch piece of oak ply as a spacer on the face of the jig. If I understand your
post correctly, you may have to use the 2nd set of mounting holes for the miter
bar. Hope this helps.
On 14 Jul 2003 15:24:46 GMT, email@example.com (MHaseltine) wrote:
That depends on the age of the jig. When they first came out, and for
several years, the second set of holes didn't exist. I know, because I
have one and I drilled the set myself so it would fit better on my
Later, due to demand presumably, Delta shipped the jig with the second
set, almost assuredly to accomodate other saws. So he may not have the
second set of holes.
None of this addresses the miter bar/slot issue with Sears' saws. I
have an article about miter slots on my website, but the long and the
short of it is Sears' saws have a .750 miter slot and bars that
typically mike at .746 or thereabouts. The entire rest of the
civilized world (for the most part) uses miter bars of .750 and mill
their slots at about .755 or thereabouts.
Only a few thousandths, but all the difference in the world as to
whether the Delta miter bar will fit in the Craftsman slot.
There are three solutions:
1. mill the Delta bar to fit (sand, file, grind; whatever)
2. mill the Craftsman slot (same choices)
3. replace the Delta bar with a Sears bar
I chose 3, but eventually I'll do 2. I can't stand having two sets of
miter gauges in the shop; one for the Sears table saw and one for the
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You are totally right about the miter bar. I choose to mill mine to fit. I
have a disk/belt sander and used that to mill the bar - sand & try - sand & try
again - sand try again until I had a good fit with no play.
My jig is only about 1 1/2 years old and it has the second set of holes.
Didn't realize that earlier models didn't have them - thanks for the info. MH
Thanks for the help!! My Delta Tenoning Jig does have a second set of
holes - I'll move the miter bar over to those. I'm really relieved that my
"good buy" is going to work (try explaining to SWMBO that you blew $80 on a
'tool' that doesn't work)!
As to the problem with the miter bar fitting the Craftsman slot, I don't
have that situation - the Delta miter bar runs very nicely in the Craftsman
slot, and is very stable with no apparent play. That being said, I
appreciate the suggestions regarding the bar - being the newbie that I am, I
never would have even come close to thinking about LRod's three solutions.
I was actually thinking of setting the jig as if it were for a left tilting
TS - I probably would have killed myself with that setup eventually....
Thanks again -
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