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Old 05-09-2010, 08:03 PM   #1
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Default Miter Gauge

Hi all , i'm back with some more shop-built tools.
This time an aluminum miter gauge for my rebuilt Rockwell/Delta
belt & disk sander.

The dial was created in Auto-Cad , then printed on photo paper,
and covered in plexiglass.
The pointer is made from stainless steel salvaged
from a Burger King beverage machine.
It has 2 brass tipped set-screws in
case you want to lock it into the machines table. ^

Here's my 1987 Enco mill in action, milling the main body of the gauge. ^

Bought the mill brand new in '87 and picked it up at Enco's warehouse/factory
in Chicago. ^

Here you can see the Auto-Cad drawing stuck
to the part with 3M 77 contact adhesive.
It serves as a guide to prevent me from turning the dials one turn to many
and other goof ups. ^


All for now.
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Old 05-09-2010, 08:43 PM   #2
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Once again, excellent workmanship. Just curious, what made your decision to limit the swing to 160 degrees vs 180? Knob interference with the fence area?

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Once again, excellent workmanship. Just curious, what made your decision to limit the swing to 160 degrees vs 180? Knob interference with the fence area?

RJ
My fat short fingers wouldn't fit between the knob & fence.
Most miter gauges only go to 60 degrees.
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Old 05-09-2010, 11:50 PM   #4
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Very nice. Here's the plan, you and A_Pmech meet at BB767's '30's auto shop (bring your mills and lathes with you) and make me cool stuff. Most of the cool stuff I made (when I had access to mills, lathes, surface grinders, etc.) is gone, sold on motorcycles and cars I had. I see this cool stuff and wonder what the future holds for today's kids that don't even have shop classes anymore.
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Old 05-10-2010, 12:23 AM   #5
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Very nice. Here's the plan, you and A_Pmech meet at BB767's '30's auto shop (bring your mills and lathes with you) and make me cool stuff. Most of the cool stuff I made (when I had access to mills, lathes, surface grinders, etc.) is gone, sold on motorcycles and cars I had. I see this cool stuff and wonder what the future holds for today's kids that don't even have shop classes anymore.
I know what you mean.
Thats how i got interested in metalworking to begin with.
I took woodshop but quickly found out, that I knew more
than the instructor.
So I took metal shop instead.
The metals teacher really knew his stuff.
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:19 PM   #6
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Dude that gauge is reallly sweet man. I love it. Good job.

Im a welder by trade and recently started working at a place where we do some machining and when were slow on work ill do that instead of weld (and im no way comparing my machine running to your machining) and I love it. Im hoping to find a mill to put in my house.

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Old 05-15-2010, 03:11 PM   #7
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Dude that gauge is reallly sweet man. I love it. Good job.

Im a welder by trade and recently started working at a place where we do some machining and when were slow on work ill do that instead of weld (and im no way comparing my machine running to your machining) and I love it. Im hoping to find a mill to put in my house.
Get a Bridgeport, if you have the space for it.
The Enco is ok, but I wish it had more travel.
The biggest problem is that it only has 7.5" from the column
to the center of the spindle and is not adjustable like a Bridgeport type
mill.

Not a bad looking miter gauge, for a woodworker by trade.
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Very nice!
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Old 05-18-2010, 01:28 AM   #9
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Very nice!
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Reviving an old thread, since you linked to it from a more recent one.

Wonderful job! The GJ ingenuity never ceases to amaze me!

One question regarding printing the dial. What is the accuracy between the CAD model (which is, of course "perfect") and the print out? Is there any loss of accuracy due to the printing process? I often thought of printing things like this, but never figured you could scale off a drawing printed like this.

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Outrageous! That looks bad ass. Dam you for having time to make yourself 'Nice' stuff.
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