Are any of you experienced with the different miter gauges out there? I am
looking at purchasing one but I'm not too sure which one. My local store
handles the Incra and the Osborne. Any information is appreciated.
I just love my Incra 3000 I make ALOT of picture frames and need EXACT
miters at 45. I have sleds and trimmers and all different way of doing 45's.
The Incra ,after it's setup has been the most accurate way of doing them
since. The Incra miter sliders and a sled setup is, I think a wee bit
faster. My miters are PERFECT with both setups.
Even better than a Lion trimmer. Believe me I tried all the ways to do
miters. In the long run I like the Incra 3000 miter guage.Even though it's a
little slower than the sled, and can do all the angles you want up to 1/2 a
degree at a time.
I wish someone had told me about that guage a long time ago !
I have several, but my favorite that I always reach for is the Incra
1000SE. This thing will break a degree into 10 parts. I recently built
a circular object made of 16 staves cut at a compound taper and didn't
have any sign of a crack. Like all Incra miters, they have to be setup
I'm building a Steel Robert's 434. You can sneak a peek if you wish by
clicking on me link below.
Most people don't need 1 /10th of a degree of angular division.One small
swipe of sandpaper can do that or my LN block plane. Most of the real good
miter gauges have the slot bar that is adjustable to the miter slot. The
more the adjustment cams there are, the better. They should run most of the
length of the bar.Mine has 8 of them. (Incra 3000.)
I have a Incra 2000 and think it's the best thing since sliced bread. I
had/have an Osborne, it's their first model and I didn't think it was stiff
enough, there was quite a bit of give when I tried to cut miters.
I believe the new ones are a lot better.
That being said I'd still go for the Incra.
I have the Osborne EB3. I love it. I don't know how I got along with out
Its very easy to calibrate and has all of the essential positive stops built
in. Worth every penny I paid for it and I would buy it again.
On Tue, 16 Dec 2003 22:11:58 -0600, "Guy LaRochelle"
I have an Incra 1000SE, I have also used a Woodhaven extensively. In
hindsight, I should have bought the 90/45 degree Woodhaven for half
the price. The Incra's nice, but I find it over complicated. Keep in
mind that Incra's stop does not flip out of the way.
Also check out a "Dubby".
I had the Osborne EB-3 (their newest model) and it was pretty good. I felt
it still had a lot of flex when doing long crosscuts (i.e. greater than
about 30" or so) and so I sold it (to a fellow wrecker, btw) and bought the
JDS Accumiter. This miter gauge is exactly what I was looking for. It is
stout and heavy and has no play at all. The miter detents are extremely
accurate, and setting up the thing was a piece of cake. Setting up the
Osborne wasn't hard, either, but I just like this gauge's approach better.
I went with the 36" telescoping fence vs. the 48" model (I've decided to use
a crosscut sled for anything longer than 3'). It's a bit more expensive
than the Osborne, but it is by far a better gauge, IMO.
I'll second Mike on the Accu-Miter. I've had mine for about four years and
love it. Very accurate, easy to change angles and returns to 90 degrees
every time. Also, the bar doesn't need any adjustable screws in it. It
fits the slot in my Unisaw perfectly, no play at all. The only negative
thing I would say about it is, it's heavy, but that is a small price to pay
for the ease of use and accuracy.
Best Regards, Phil
Living In The Woods of Beautiful Bonney Lake, Washington
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