Assemble a simple cross cutting jig with a stop block for your table saw. Use it to quickly and accurately make repeat cuts.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:December / January 2007
The stop block slides on a 1/2-in. dowel.
You'll find it a snap to cut boards to
the same length with a sliding,
adjustable outrigger stop block
attached to your table saw's miter gauge. To
make one, you'll need:
First, drill a 1/2-in.-diameter x 2-in.-deep
hole in the end of the extension fence. Be
sure the drill travels parallel to the sides of
the board so the dowel will extend straight
and on line with the board. Glue the dowel
in the hole.
Next, drill a 1/2-in. dowel hole near the
end of the stop block, then saw a slot
through the hole from the end for tensioning.
Drill a 3/16-in.-diameter hole into the
slotted end for the stove bolt. Finally, saw or
grind off the bolt head, capture it in the
stop block with the washers and wing nuts,
and slide the stop block onto the dowel. If it
doesn't slide easily, sand down the dowel a
little with 80-grit sandpaper to slightly
reduce the diameter. Now screw the board
to the miter gauge, tighten the stop block
at the desired length from the blade, and
cut those boards to the exact length you
Stop block and extension fence in action on a table saw.
If you have several identical cuts to make, a stop block will make it go a lot quicker. Mark Petersen, a carpentry expert at The Family Handyman, will show you how to set up a stop block for your miter saw to save you time.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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