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Hi, your best bet is to not use the miter gauge at all and just spend an hour or less and build a very quick cross-cut sled. You don't have to make a fancy cross-cut sled, but once you start using a cross-cut sled you will very rarely use your miter gauge. The cross-cut sled is:
safer to use
easier to use
more accurate to use
Go out to Youtube and find a simple cross-cut sled to make.
Later if you want you can make a very fancy cross-cut sled. I use a sled for cutting miters, exactly 90 degree cuts and just cutting. I almost never use my miter gauge.
For 90* cross cuts I agree with using a sled and I’ve even built one for 45* angles but it’s impractical to build one for every angle and that’s where the miter gauge comes into play.
 

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Several ways to go about skinning that poor cat:
In all honesty, these three jigs are nothing more than alot of lipstick on an old pig!
Just a personal preference to kinda go over the top in design, in function they all can be made
considerably simpler and function just as well.

These two shooting boards work exceptionally well. The addition of PSA sandpaper eliminated sliding issues.
Edge trimming on the horizontal has limitless angles, all dependent upon a spot on setup. On the vertical is
limited to 45*. However, this limitation can be overcome with a bit of redesign.



The CCS works beautifully! Only issue is the thing weighs a ton! Limited to around 24"s in width of cut



Dedicated to 45's. Worth the time and effort if you do alot of 45's



Old reliable is an older Incra 2000. A bit of a dinosaur in the Incra lineup, but after 10 years of use, still performs exceptionally.
requiring only a yearly tuneup.

I've also used a 12" disc sander with great results. Biggest issue is in the setup. I have a ShopFox 12" sander and the table to
disc angle does not want to stay consistent or reliable. This one is a work in progress.

I like to cut my profiles prior to sizing my pieces to length. I find this helps minimize sanding. Cuts made from inside to out using a backer.

If interested, more pics within the threads:
Cross cuts sled:
http://www.routerforums.com/twoskies57-gallery/17549-crosscut-sled.html

Bench hook and shooting board:
http://www.routerforums.com/twoskies57-gallery/23696-bench-hook-shooting-board.html
 

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Wow! Forget scrap lumber; this is for keeps!! Beautifully crafted, Bill.

Thank you sir.... they were made for keeps alright. The shooting boards and the CCS get used regularly. The 45*
sled not so much anymore. Once I picked up a mter set, setting up the 2000 to spot on is a breeze...
 
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For variable angle cuts, I have a Rockler crosscut sled. The swing arm works at any angle up to 50 degrees. I also took the time to set the 90 degree angle precisely to the blade.. The scale is on the outside of the arc so each degree of change is at least a quarter inch apart, thus you can be very exacting on your setting. I really like this sled and use it a lot.

Table Saw Crosscut Sled | Rockler Woodworking and Hardware
 

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I thought I had responded to this message, but I did not see my response so maybe I did not. My thought is why do you use a miter sled at all. Most of them are a little loose and all of them are harder to use than a cross cut sled. Once you make yourself a cross cut sled, you will very rarely use your miter sled. Go out to Youtube and check out how to make a Crosscut sled. At first just make the easiest sled you can make, it should not take more than a quick hour. Later you can make something fancier. A cross cut sled is much easier and safer to use. Try it, you will love it.
 

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Mike; did you mean a crosscut sled vs a miter gauge?
If you meant miter sled, Tom's (Rockler) looks pretty slick.
A simple crosscut sled isn't really helpful for angle cuts as the offcut won't slide past the rear fence, never mind setting an angle for the cut.
 
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