Tool Overview: Rockler Precision Miter Gauge
If setting your saw's standard miter gauge to a specific angle amounts to a guessing game at best, Rockler's Precision Miter Gauge can improve your accuracy without breaking the bank. This miter gauge has features found on more expensive aftermarket miter gauges, plus a unique way to store it off the saw.
Its aluminum head is outfitted with an easy-to-read scale displaying single-degree increments. Eleven precision-machined detents set the head to 15°, 22.5°, 30°, 45° and 60° in both directions as well as 0°. These detents are easy to lock into place, thanks to a low-profile knob that retracts a spring-loaded stop.
This miter gauge is equipped with an 18" steel miter bar that fits into standard 3/8"-deep, 3/4"-wide miter slots. A removable washer affixed to the front bottom face of the bar prevents the gauge from tipping off the saw table when starting cuts on wide material. Four nylon set screws, embedded in the edge of the bar, enable you to adjust it to your saw's miter slots for a snug fit to eliminate side-to-side play that can affect accuracy.
Rockler includes a pair of round knobs and 1"-long T-bolts that fit into larger holes in the head, so you can make T-slot style auxiliary fences from scrap material and mount them to the gauge without tools. Or simply drive a pair of conventional panhead or washerhead screws through smaller holes in the head to attach scrap fences that way instead.
The handle and knobs are covered with rubber overmold to make them more comfortable to use. It's a nice touch at a bargain price.
If your saw doesn't have a way to store a miter gauge, Rockler provides a helpful solution here: just rotate the head left to an 88°detent that aligns and locks the head parallel to the miter bar, and hang the gauge wherever its convenient from a larger hole near the bar's end.
Rockler also offers a 16"-long aluminum Miter Gauge Fence to fit this gauge. The fence features a telescoping arm that extends its length to 24". T-slots mount it to the miter gauge and provide the attachment point for an included melamine-coated MDF sacrificial fence.