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Replacement miter bar adds accuracy and capacity

Using a conventional miter gauge when crosscutting workpieces wider than about 12" can be tricky. The bar on most gauges is too short to fully engage the miter slot to ensure a square cut. I solved the problem by replacing the factory-supplied bar on my miter gauge with a 42"-long bar of 38 ×34 " aluminum from a metal supplier. Now, I have several inches of miter bar engaged in the miter slot at the beginning and end of the cut, ensuring more-accurate results.
—William Bartz, San Jose, Calif.

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