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Miter Gauge Extension

Using a miter gauge to cut multiple pieces to identical length on a table saw is easy — if the pieces are fairly short. I just clamp a stop block to a wood fence attached to the miter gauge.

But if the pieces are too long, I’ve always had trouble cutting them to identical lengths.
Miter Gauge Extension

Unless I use an extremely long fence, there’s no place to clamp a stop block. And a long fence would just get in the way most of the time.

Miter Gauge Extension – So in order to cut long pieces to length quickly and accurately, I added a removable extension rail to the wood fence attached to my miter gauge, as you can see in the main drawing. Then I made a stop block to fit on the rail.

Extension Rail – The extension rail is a piece of aluminum bar stock that attaches to the back of the wood fence. (You’ll find bar stock at most home centers.) To hold the rail in place, I cut two notches in the bottom edge of the aluminum bar to fit over screws installed in the fence. Tightening the screws will secure the rail to the fence.
Miter Gauge Extension

Stop Block – Next, I added a sliding stop block. It’s a thick, hardwood block with a wide kerf that fits over the rail. After positioning the stop block on the rail, locking it in place is just a matter of tightening a knob that fits into a threaded insert (see detail 'a').
Have a nice weekend,

Bryan Nelson
Online Editor, ShopNotes

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