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Hi, I'm just curious. Has anyone come up with fix for
The lousy miter saw grooves on the lower priced sears
Table saws. The ones with the non standard width, and the
Goofy dog ears.
I hate to junk the saw, but I'd really like to cut accurate miters!
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P.s. thanks in advance for your suggestions.:
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Your best bet would be to build your own miter sled, and use and fit hardwood to the grooves there are a lot of utube videos that show how to build them , and I am sure one the form members will supply you with one . If build right 100% accurate here is picture of one type
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Hi Don.

I built a sled for my 'non standard' GMC saw.

http://www.routerforums.com/jigs-fix...-new-sled.html

You may be able to do the same for your saw as the runners can be made to fit any size grooves..

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Some users have ground off the "goofy dog ears". May help some, but I agree, a miter sled will help with 90 deg cuts, 45 is fairly easy, but if you are looking to do odd angles, that is a bit more complex!

I have found that hand tools are the best choice when I want to make mistakes at a slower rate of speed.

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I have one of those saws and I had a machinist modify the miter slot to 3/4" with straight sides and now I can use all of the accessories made for 3/4" miter slots.
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Don,

I also have a sears 10" crappy table saw. But like other members I to made a very nice miter sled, I made too a sled for straight cuts and a miter sled. both are very accurate, and fairly easy to build. If you you tube Woodworking for mere mortals he shows you step by step on how to make them, and makes it so easy that my 15 year old daughter made the miter sled. Hope this helps
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I too have one of those crappy saws but I only bought it for temporary use while I am away from home. I wouldn't put an extra penny into it as I don't think they are worth it. Even if you have the grooves machined like Mich did, you still have a piece of crap. The fence is almost unusable, the blade inserts are junk, the scales can't be trusted, and the miter gauge is a joke. One of these saws will get you by, just, if you are patient with it.

I would grind the ears off like Duane suggested, and then build some sleds like Stan did. It should be plenty accurate enough that way. Once you get it to a usable state you could start looking for a better saw. I bought an old Rockwell 10" from a buddy who was upgrading. I picked it up for $100 and then I replaced the fence with an aftermarket one I paid about $270 for which works very well, added a little outfeed table to it and for less than $400 I wound up with a fairly decent saw.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Hi, I'm just curious. Has anyone come up with fix for
The lousy miter saw grooves on the lower priced sears
Table saws. The ones with the non standard width, and the
Goofy dog ears.
I hate to junk the saw, but I'd really like to cut accurate miters!
Don s
P.s. thanks in advance for your suggestions.:
I agree that for consistent 45 degree cuts, a sled would be the best bet.
I have a Craftsman 10 inch table saw with 5/8 inch grooves. If you want to make different miter cuts with a large work area, I would suggest the miter gauge made by Rigid. It is available from Home Depot.com. The bar is adjustable for different groove sizes and I have found mine invaluable in making good joints. I placed a copy of the manual on this site in the Rigid section.

http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/pro...7c7673_300.jpg
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