Miter gauges are essential for precision work, and plenty of have a handful of essential options. However I’d by no means discovered the whole package deal till the JessEm Mite-R-Excel II. Over the previous few weeks, I used the gauge whereas constructing furnishings in my store. I’ve made sq. cuts, a spread of miters, and used the fence and flip cease to chop a number of elements at set lengths. The cuts at all times got here out exact. That is the most effective miter gauge I’ve ever used, and I’ve already bought one for myself.
The gauge has a fast and simple methodology for becoming the information bar exactly to your tablesaw’s miter slot. This implies the gauge will be recalibrated if crucial for continued accuracy. The face of the protractor head will be adjusted sq. to the desk and in addition sq. to the information bar. This ensures correct cuts, and it, too, will be readjusted if the necessity arises.
The protractor head has stainless-steel knobs and fittings and high-contrast, easy-to-read white numbers and increments.
Setting the protractor head is a breeze. A spring-loaded indexing pin locks the top at 9 completely different positions. You may retract the pin to rotate the protractor freely. One other spectacular characteristic of the protractor head is its vernier scale, which helps you to precisely and simply measure to a tenth of a level. The extruded aluminum fence, which telescopes, is high quality. The measuring scale that sits atop the fence and telescoping arm is simple to learn in each inches and centimeters. There are additionally set screws for micro-adjustments.
When utilizing any miter gauge you ceaselessly want to maneuver its fence for clearance (to make use of a dado blade or to chop miters, for instance), and resetting it precisely generally is a problem. A novel characteristic of the JessEm is a patent-pending fence-locating knob that means that you can reset the fence to the identical spot after you’ve needed to shift it. This ensures the accuracy of cuts made utilizing JessEm’s flip cease and the measuring scale atop the fence. The fence and flip cease can even accommodate a user-made sacrificial fence.
—Chris Gochnour is a contributing editor.
Photographs: Barry NM Dima
From Fantastic Woodworking #292