Building and using the stopblock
Subtract the length of the extension from the final length of the workpiece, and cut a strip of 3/4"-thick MDF or plywood about 10" longer than that distance. Next crosscut a 1 1/2"-long piece off the strip and screw it to one end of the strip, where shown at right.
To use the stopblock, measure the length of the parts you'll cut and clamp it that distance from the kerf. Butt the workpiece end against the stopblock (without bending the extension) and crosscut the part.
If the stopblock slips or wobbles, add a second clamp or adhere 100-grit sandpaper to the back side of the miter-gauge extension where it overlaps the long-part stopblock.
To cut parts with mitered ends, replace the stopblock with one that's mitered the same angle as your part. Completely capturing the mitered workpiece end adds dead-on repeatability to those cuts. Always check to make sure there's no sawdust between your workpiece and the stopblock.
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