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Sandy, ...I think your husband is looking for a fence not a miter gauge. A miter gauge is not used for cutting things straight it is used for cutting angles. If he has a table saw then he most likely has a miter gauge and he most likely uses it on the band saw when he needs a miter gauge
For a fence you could get either the Kreg fence or the Magswitch fence.
The Incra miter gauge is not practical for a band saw...
The good news is that it is so easy to exchange things on Amazon Prime, so even if it isn't what he wants, he can get the perfect thing in an exchange. But very few miter gauges that come with tools can hold a candle to an Incra for accuracy. A fence that comes with many quality saws are OK. A fence for a band saw needs to be reset every time you change the blade, which is why the magnetic type is nice. I bet you ten bucks your guy will be happy when he opens it.

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mgmine- Thank you so much for your input. You may very well be right. The good thing about Amazon Prime is I can let him return it and get what he wants...if it's not what he wanted.

I appreciate your help, and will show him the link you sent after Christmas to see if he would like this instead, or as well as, what I ordered him.

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The more I think about this guide the more I think this might be helpful to my husband. I do not recall seeing anything like this on his saw. I noticed in the pictures MT posted he has one on his saw. This will allow him to make straight cuts easier...do I have that right?

Also...they come in 18" or 36". Is the 36 " one preferable, or would the shorter one be easier to use? I'd like as many opinions as possible because the 10 day shipping is reasonable, but anything else I am paying through the schnozz for shipping so I'd like to get it ordered tomorrow.

I would appreciate all the input you guys can offer. Thanks again! Sandy
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Unless he already has an Incra miter gauge, he'll be thrilled and wonder how he ever got along without it. You done good, even if it wasn't what he wanted. Maybe he needed it and just didn't know it.

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Sandy; there's basically two types of fences, and that applies to both bandsaws and tablesaws.
The 'rip fence' is for making cuts down the length of a board (generally speaking).
They look like some variation of this... http://www.mulecab.com/images/tsaw-large(L).jpg

The other type of fence is a 'miter gauge' and is used for making cuts across the length of the wood. Anything from 90deg to angles such as 45deg.
They look like some variation of this (I think you were referring to Mike's?)... http://www.wooden-box-maker.com/images/miter-gauge.jpg
Some are fancier than others, but in general, the 3rd party devices are far superior to the ones that come with the saws from the manufacturer.
I really have no idea why that is.
I hope that helps somewhat(?).

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Thanks so much for the clarification. Of course my next question will be what do you guys recommend?

Does the rip fence help in making the cuts straight?

I am a little confused...is the miter gauge itself considered the fence, or is there a fence that fits on/ works with the miter gauge?

I have already ordered him a miter gauge.

I hope you'll all forgive me for being totally clueless! Thanks to everyone for your help! Sandy
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Sandy; It's really important that the rip fence is absolutely parallel to the blade. It does make the cut perfectly straight, but more to the point, it ensures that the teeth at the leading edge of the blade track exactly with the teeth at the back of it as they make the cut. If you're a skier think of slalom as opposed to snowplowing.
As far as the mitre gauge (or mitre fence) goes it's a really bad idea to use it in conjunction with the rip fence as the piece that gets cut off will likely get jammed between the blade and the rip fence and be thrown back at the operator with a LOT of force!

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Mike had a great picture illustrating all the above.
Note that the rip fence (the silver coloured fence at the top of the picture) is pushed away from the miter gauge and wood being cut, in the picture.
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Andy...I am keeping the Incra...I believe you are right...when he sees that whatever he has now will probably get the heave ho!

Thank you Dan for your patience in explaining these things to me. So..do I want an 18" or 36"?

I am guessing he will be using this for his table saw but are they interchangeable with the band saw? I did see where you said he would probably not use it on the band saw. That's okay.

I don't know what type table saw he has, although I know it is a good one. I cannot go downstairs to look because I am currently unable to walk.

I am all about safety as well as I would like to keep my hubby around as long as possible! He is as well...he was Safety Director for our GM plant here in Mansfield before he retired. Glad we are all on the same page here!

Sorry for all the additional questions, but as I stated when I first got here...I am clueless. I appreciate all your input.

Help me fellas!! Sandy
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