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Miter Saw Micro-Adjust Stop Block

By: Phil Huber
The miter saw is my main crosscutter, but making small adjustments on the piece being cut isn’t easy. The stop you see here was my answer.

The design of this stop block has an added bonus... Since clamping a stop block to the miter saw fence is difficult on shorter workpieces pieces, the stop is long and attached to a plywood auxiliary fence.

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The stop is pretty simple to make: two pieces connected by a couple bolts for adjustability. The mounting block is L-shaped, with one hole for a hex bolt to fine-tune the stop block and another for a carriage bolt to lock it in place. The carriage bolt is counterbored, while the hex bolt threads into a T-nut.

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The stop block is a long piece with a cut-out for the mounting block at one end and a chamfer for dust relief at the other end. A recessed rare-earth magnet keeps the stop block attached to the hex bolt as it moves. A slot along the side accepts the carriage bolt. A washer and knob thread overtop, and tightening the knob locks the stop block in place for a cut.

Published: Feb. 7, 2023
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