Need flip stop suggestions
As I mentioned in my Acme Dowel Cannon post, I found stuff during my bi-decade bench cleaning. Among them was a nice spring-loaded cabinet hinge.
I thought it might be perfect for making a flip up stop for my miter saw fence. The original which is just an L shape (Photo 1) works very well but I often wish I could just flip it out of the way.
The hinge seemed like a good idea and it seemed to be pretty tight. So I made a new stop using the hinge (Photos 2, 3, and 4).
The good news:
1. It is easy to position.
2. It looks nice.
3. It flips up and down well.
4. Did I mention it looks nice?
The bad new:
1. It sucks.
2. It sucks.
3. It sucks.
4. Beauty isn't everything.
The problem is the hinge has more lateral play than I thought so there is about 1/16" to 3/32" of play in the stop. Okay, I know Kreg and others make nice, strong flip stops but Rockler already owns my soul and Grizzly, Woodcraft and the others are fighting for whatever is left. I don't really want to spend money on a 'convenience'. When it comes right down to it, my original works fine.
So, help me out here. I know you guys have suggestions.
Dragons slain. Damsels rescued. No reasonable request refused ... unless the dragon's really big. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~ Leonardo da Vinci You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. ~Oscar Wilde http://profhenrys.blogspot.com