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Jet Miter Gauge
Stock miter gauge that comes with Jet machines. This is the basic, time honored design that all the other types of miter gauges are based upon.
Incra Miter Gauge V27
Simplest gauge in the Incra line. What Incra offers on all their tools is many incremetal stops which allow you to quickly and accurately set up to cut specific angles.

Incra Miter Gauge V27

Incra Miter Gauge V27
Kreg™ Precision Miter Gauge System
Positive stops at 0º, 10º, 22-1/2º, 30º and 45º — and micro-adjustability to 1/100º — give you speed, repeatability and accuracy.

Kreg™ Precision Miter Gauge System

Kreg™ Precision Miter Gauge System
Osborne Table Saw Miter Gauge
Thanks to the triangular design of this miter gauge, it offers you the most accurate and stable platform when cutting miters on your tablesaw. Unlike most other miter gauges, the work piece is solidly supported across the entire piece. Features include a sliding flip stop, abrasive surface on fence eliminates the need for clamps. The index graduations are clean, crisp, and easy to read.
Incra® Miter V120 Gauge
Laser-cut AngleLOCK stops in 1° increments from +/- 60° (plus special stops at +/- 22.5°) give you ultra-fine precision across the board, while a GlideLOCK miter bar adjusts for a no-slop fit in any standard miter slot.

Incra® Miter V120 Gauge

Incra® Miter V120 Gauge
Incra Miter 1000HD Miter Gauge
This high definition gauge has 180 positive stops for pin-point accuracy at every degree (with special stops at +/-22.5°), plus a micro-adjustable vernier scale for fine-tuning to 1/10°. Adjustable miter bar, telescoping fence, premium dual-arm flip stop, and superior duplicating ability.

Incra Miter 1000HD Miter Gauge

Incra Miter 1000HD Miter Gauge
Incra Miter Express Miter Sled
Upgrade any miter gauge to a miter sled. Makes cutting multiple pieces with precision a snap. Safely doubles any miter gauge’s crosscut range up to 24" and eliminates all side play to improve your miter gauge’s performance. True zero-clearance tearout control on both sides of the table. Works with any brand of miter gauge. Miter gauge not included.

Incra Miter Express Miter Sled

Incra Miter Express Miter Sled
Incra Miter Express Sled and Gauge
Make accurate, repeatable crosscuts. This combination package includes the Miter 1000SE gauge and the Incra Miter Express — you’ll save money versus buying the items separately. Enjoy unmatched adustability and repeatability combined with a sliding table that gives you unparalleled crosscutting and mitering capability with workpiece support on both sides of the blade.

Incra Miter Express Gauge

Incra Miter Express Gauge
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A miter gauge is a very useful accessory for the table saw, band saw, router table, shaper and stationary sanders with a guide slot in the table. They can be used in innumerable different setups to accomplish all kinds of cuts. Your machine probably had one with it when new, but maybe now it's lost or old and banged up. I've run across a few that were so loose at the pivot from age that they were virtually useless.

Fortunately there are many replacement gauges on the market as you see above. Some are very simple, like those that usually come with machines. Others are more complicated and offer you more versatility.

The main thing to remember when looking at the more complex miter guages is that you can do anything these complicated units do with a simpler gauge and your own wooden fences, stops etc. that you screw and clamp on. This is the do-it-yourself, economy method. But, you'll fuss and fidget with these home made setups to get them to work right. The advantage to the more complex gauges with their long extruded fences, rigid stops and incremental angle stops is that they make it faster and easier to make an accurate setup. That's what you get for your money; not capability or capacity that is outside of your jig-making ability. I've made a lot of shop-made jigs for various purposes, and a few of them were really accurate. The others? ...well...putty hides a world of sin...

But one problem with a carefully machined metal gauge that has positive stops at specific, exact angles is that you will sometimes need to cut between those specific, exact angles. If you need just under 45 degrees, not 45 degrees, your ultra-accurate gauge/jig is not helping you much. Note that some of the jigs shown above address this issue by offering adjustments with a vernier scale that let you 'fudge' the angles when necessary. Mr. Vernier had it right- the world doesn't come in specific increments, except for horseshoes, hand grenades, and particle physics. Now where did I put that slide rule... Oh! next to the grenades...

Look carefully at the design of any miter gauge or similar jig you consider buying to see what its capabilities are and ask yourself if you will use those capabilities frequently. Do you want the mechanical accuracy this tool offers? How many projects in the past did you do where this tool would have helped? Choose the one whose design makes sense to you and which you think you will really use.

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