The Woodworker’s Guide to Table Saw Miter Gauges

A table saw miter gauge is an invaluable tool for achieving accurate angled cuts on a table saw. By understanding its purpose, uses, and differences from sleds, woodworkers can elevate their cutting capabilities and achieve excellent results in their projects.

What is a table saw miter gauge?

A table saw miter gauge is a valuable accessory for achieving precise and accurate angled cuts on a table saw. It’s a metal bar with a movable end that serves as a guide fence and slides into a dedicated slot in the table saw.

The miter gauge may be locked into place at different angles to provide a stable and manageable cutting experience. The guide fence allows woodworkers to make accurate miter cuts, bevel cuts, and compound cuts. The table saw miter gauge improves the range of woodworking projects that can be completed with a table saw, allowing for more precise joints and complex angles.

Why would you use the miter gauge on the table saw?

The miter gauge on a table saw offers several benefits for woodworkers, allowing them to reliably and precisely execute miter cuts, bevel cuts, and other angled cuts.

Picture frame making, trim work, and other projects that call for angled or accurate cuts benefit greatly from the use of a miter gauge.

What is the difference between a miter gauge and sled on a table saw?

A miter gauge allows for angled cuts by pivoting the workpiece, but a sled is more stable and gives you more control over longer or wider pieces. A sled has a bigger base and a barrier to hold the workpiece steady while it slides along the blade.

Sleds are often used for crosscutting wide boards or making repeated cuts with precision.

What is the standard miter gauge size?

Most table saws use a 3/8″ x 3/4″ miter gauge. However, you must verify compatibility by measuring the slot size on your table saw. Some table saws may have different slot sizes, and manufacturers may offer alternative miter gauges or accessories to fit those specific slots.

The Kreg® Precision Miter Gauge System and Kreg® Precision Miter Gauge are designed to work with a standard 3/8″ x 3/4″ miter slot.