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I hope to be able to use my Incra Miter Gauge to cut some pieces for an upcoming project that will require 20 inch cross cuts. Currently, the max I can cut safely crosscut is about 12 inches.

I browsed the internet for ideas, then commenced to draw my version of the extension.

The attached drawings show my saw table top (27 x 48), the 3 inch x 3 inch angle iron with the 3 inch x 1 3/4 inch steel tube attached. The fence slides on the steel tube.

The new extension table will be about 24 inches wide x 11 - 12 inches deep. I will attach it by using at least one Rockler Universal Fence Clamp (Item #31373), and maybe a second one. I will have to figure that out later.

I don't want to, but if I have to, I can position a roller stand to support the extension.

The main part of the table will be about 1 inch thick. That should be easy to make since I have some 1/2 inch Baltic birch. The two support pieces will be attached with screws. I have a piece of Formica that just might be wide enough to cover the top.

My main concern is to make the extension easy to attach and remove.

Your thoughts and ideas appreciated.
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I hope to be able to use my Incra Miter Gauge to cut some pieces for an upcoming project that will require 20 inch cross cuts. Currently, the max I can cut safely crosscut is about 12 inches.

I browsed the internet for ideas, then commenced to draw my version of the extension.

The attached drawings show my saw table top (27 x 48), the 3 inch x 3 inch angle iron with the 3 inch x 1 3/4 inch steel tube attached. The fence slides on the steel tube.

The new extension table will be about 24 inches wide x 11 - 12 inches deep. I will attach it by using at least one Rockler Universal Fence Clamp (Item #31373), and maybe a second one. I will have to figure that out later.

I don't want to, but if I have to, I can position a roller stand to support the extension.

The main part of the table will be about 1 inch thick. That should be easy to make since I have some 1/2 inch Baltic birch. The two support pieces will be attached with screws. I have a piece of Formica that just might be wide enough to cover the top.

My main concern is to make the extension easy to attach and remove.

Your thoughts and ideas appreciated.
Thanks
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Mike,

You sure do have my attention. I am currently working on cedar chest lid. It is 23" x 43" x 3/4" and made of four boards joined together with splines. After the glue up, the lid had to be trimmed to the 43" width. As you noted, very cumberson on my TS which is of the same dimensions.

H have the the Incra Express Sled and the fence for my Incra V27. The set up is not a good arrangement for a 23" cross cut especially one of the length of the lid. Made the cuts with great care, both ends, one to clean up and the other to my desired width of 43".

I'd like to make more chests in the future but do not look forward to the trimming to width as described above.

I have been giving thought to something like you are describing and is why your thread has my attention. I will be following your progress.

Do you not have the fence with the extention for your miter gauge? For myself, it is a necessity when crossing cutting to an exact dimension.

Keep up the good fight/work.

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Can I sell you on the idea of a crosscut sled? I built one that can crosscut 26 inches.

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Thanks. I have one also but I am getting a lot of use out of the Incra Miter Gauge.

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@ Jerry - "Do you not have the fence with the extention for your miter gauge?"

Yes sir. I didn't include it in the drawings because the miter gauge drawing bogged the drawing down with all the detail in it. I downloaded the miter gauge from the Trimble 3D Warehouse. Someone did a great job of creating it. I was just happy to be able to draw the piece of angle iron to exact size.

I had to go look. I have the Incra 1000 HD. And as you are well aware, when you draw the miter gauge back, sometimes the fence extension drops off the table. That is where the aggravation comes into play. I am going to try to remedy that little problem.

The table extension will also make it easier to use my sled simply because it will add some support to what normally hangs over the saw table when I set up for a cut.

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Mike:
Looks like your on the right track with your design. I've attached an image I found but won't/can't post a link - it takes you to "Ted's Woodworking Plans" - you don't want to go there.

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Thanks. I saw that also. I managed to "Save As" and capture the image. I hate Ted and the horse he rode up on!

That's where I got the idea for the clamps, which I already have on hand to attach a sacrificial fence when using the dado stack.

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I have been wanting to do the same for a long time so I'll be interested to see your results. If you don't want to buy clamps here's a way to make your own - https://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com/?s=fence+clamp
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I'm going to make one of these. Mostly I do cabinets but would like to make some chests as well. I think it would be a good idea to have the rail underneath, on the outside of the saw's front rail, be adjustable so the clamps apply uniform pressure to the saw's rail. Not quite sure how to make that solid, but I think with an aluminum front rail on the saw, I don't think its a good idea to clamp directly to the metal. Any thoughts, or do you just make the fit very tight?
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@ Jerry - "Do you not have the fence with the extention for your miter gauge?"

Yes sir. I didn't include it in the drawings because the miter gauge drawing bogged the drawing down with all the detail in it. I downloaded the miter gauge from the Trimble 3D Warehouse. Someone did a great job of creating it. I was just happy to be able to draw the piece of angle iron to exact size.

I had to go look. I have the Incra 1000 HD. And as you are well aware, when you draw the miter gauge back, sometimes the fence extension drops off the table. That is where the aggravation comes into play. I am going to try to remedy that little problem.

The table extension will also make it easier to use my sled simply because it will add some support to what normally hangs over the saw table when I set up for a cut.
I sure know about the extention dropping down as you mentioned. I bet that all of the interest in the issue we will come up with some answers. You sure have started a good thread and will get lots of "like".
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