Does anyone have experience with Incra miter gauges, for cutting segments for bowel turning. I'm looking at the 1000 SE and 1000HD. Will these gauges give accurate repetable cuts. Once set for 30 degrees will they be accurate at 22.5 degrees, etc.
I've been through the drill and with great success, but only after some experimenting.
As many of the members of this forum will recall. I don't do any turning yet, but my trother in Alaska did and he asked me to put some rings together for him to use to turn some bowls like what you describing.
One ring that he wanted was made of six parts which means that 30 degree cuts needed to be made, At first I got close but not perfect, by perfect I mean than when the finished ring was held up with a bright light behind it that no gaps could be seen, and I do mean NONE. I only accomplished this standard when using a full kerf blade with a stiffener installed and the miter guage perfectly calibrated.
Do not expect your new miter gauge to be perfectly calibrated from the factory, you might get lucky but I would not count on it.
In order to calibrate the tool you will need a machinist square. I use the "Guerenteed Accurate" six inch square that I think that I bought from Incra for about $70.
The pieces that I cut were only about 2 to 3 inches long and required that my fingers had to get much closer to the blade than I would ever recommend anybody else to try, so you will will have to deal with that issue in your own way.
have the V27 which is as accurate as their higher end gauges, just don't have as many optional notches. I also have and use the Express Sled and is a big help in making the cuts that you are interested in. The bottom line is, if you can't get the cuts you want with the Incra Miter gauge, you will never get with anything else.
The tools are as good as advertised but they heed to be used properly to give them a chance to work. They will not dial out blade flutter, and other erroros that might exist with your set up. When the gauge is calibrated it will cut, perfect 45 degree angles for picture frames from the same side of the blade which, if you have ever attempted. you will understand the potential problem, ir you haven't, you will when you do try it you will quickly understand, Good luck with your adventure and please do let us know how it works out, you're gonna have a great time.