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Instrument assessment: JessEm Mite-R Excel II miter gauge

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Miter Gauge by JessEm
Mannequin #07150

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. 

The stretch arm’s strong. The fence’s main section is 20 in., but its telescoping arm extends it to 36 in. The stops work equally well with the main and telescoping sections.
The stretch arm’s sturdy. The fence’s most important part is 20 in., however its telescoping arm extends it to 36 in. The stops work equally properly with the principle and telescoping sections.
Fast, reliable protractor head. There are nine positive detents: one at 90° and four at common angles to the left and right. It can also rotate freely and lock wherever you want along the protractor.
Quick, dependable protractor head. There are 9 optimistic detents: one at 90° and 4 at widespread angles to the left and proper. It may additionally rotate freely and lock wherever you need alongside the protractor.
Sacrifical fences don’t sacrifice function. The fence can accommodate a user-made sacrificial fence that is secured using T-nuts and screws.
Sacrifical fences don’t sacrifice perform. The fence can accommodate a user-made sacrificial fence that’s secured utilizing T-nuts and screws.

Miter Gauge by JessEm Model #07150 $300

—Chris Gochnour is a contributing editor. 

Photographs: Barry NM Dima 

From Fantastic Woodworking #292

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