The Woodhaven is $119 on Hartville tools.
The Kreg is almost identical. But the Kreg adds a verier to add tenths
of a degree adjustments, and lets you do micro-adjustments (100th of a
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The Kreg is a nice unit and they probably have the kinks worked out. I
bought one in the summer of 2004 and Kreg sent me 3 indexing pins and
finally a new miter gauge before getting one that would lock in to 90
degrees with the indexing pin.
Rockler has a sale on some items that may fit your budget
I have both the 1000 and 2000 model with the 2000 being the workhorse. I
purchased extra aluminum fence's for both and would not trade them for
anything except a sliding table. If all you're doing is light to medium
work, the model 1000 will work well but if you're cross-cutting longer,
heavier pieces of stock, then you should look into the 2000. the manf is
www.incra.com and one of their major resellers is WoodPeckers at
Worth the time to investigate.
===========Well Bob G... is going to disagree with Bob S on this one... I own a
Incra 2000 and it gathers dust in my shop...
I just find it very bulky, and heavy, in short I do not like how it
FEELS... I will say that I have absolutely no complaints with its
accuracy... I have been meaning to "step down" to a 1000 for yrears
just never have ...
I can tell you to avoid the latest Osborne. I went through 2 of them before
giving up and exchanging for a Kreg. When setting with the indexing shaft
extended full to 45 degrees both Osborne units had 2 to 3 degrees of
wobble. When collapsing the indexing shaft to obtain 45 degrees it was rock
solid. An apparent design flaw.
I have the kreg, the alum bar can flex a bit if you are trying to start
your cut off the table.
I've seen some sales for the Jess'em unit at a bit over your budget,
but it looks like a tank!
I bought the kreg for the venier scale, but a steel miter bar would be
nice vs the alum it comes in.
My dad built a custom sled to do angles a real work of art, he puts as much
time into making his jigs as his toy making. I suppose being retired allows
for that but he has always done this kind of thing.
On Thu, 24 Nov 2005 07:37:42 -0500, "wayne mak"
If you're doing a lot of an angle, a custom sled can't be beat.
I know folks like that, I'm not one of them. My own jigs are pretty
ugly, but they're fast and accurate. <G>
Seriously though... Once you've dado'ed shelf sides with stop blocks,
or cut long, heavy, or identical parts on a sled, you'll wonder why
you ever did it any other way.
For that matter, even tiny parts are great opportunities for sleds.
Having something to hold the work while your hands are far from the
blade is a great benefit.
A myriad of angles, most never given precise angular measurement, but copied
instead, and transferred to the jigs, shims, cutting tools, workpieces,
etc., using adjustable "squares".
Copying the angles, many compound, on an antique chair, a project of which I
am in the planning stages as we speak, is an excellent example:
... this thing has more angles than Minnesota Fats.
I have the osborne and the incra 1000se. The incra is very nice, but
the longer cross member for the osborne is good too so I kept both.
The incra fence seems a little flimsy too and I don't find it as easy
to adjust as they say.
One thing I like about the incra is the ability to make sliding faces
from MDF which I seem to find a need for a lot to prevent tear out.
Can't do that on ther osborne.
I have not seen a perfect do it all miter gauge yet.
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