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Tablesaw Miter-Gauge Extension

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When making repetitive tablesaw crosscuts, you typically clamp a stop on a miter gauge auxiliary fence and cut with confidence. But what do you do when the length of the cut extends beyond the face of the miter gauge? To solve the problem, I made a telescoping stop for my saw, as shown below.

In a length of 1/2" steel pipe, I drilled a pair of holes for the knurled knobs, where indicated in the drawing below; tapped them; and threaded a knob in each. Then, in one end of a 1/2" steel rod about the same length as the pipe, I drilled a 1/4" hole and attached a bolt as shown in the Stop Detail. I drilled and tapped holes in the bottom of my tablesaw top and used metal strapping to secure the pipe to the table.

Now, with the rod inserted in the pipe, I can slide the stop out to whatever length I need and tighten it in place with the knobs. When not in use, the stop slides all the way into the pipe.

--David Mattichak, Port Republic, Va.

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