Went to cut an octagon with 6" on long sides.
Put a nice square hardwood fence extension on the SS miter gauge that crossed both MiterSet pins.
Locked it up and tried practice cuts on pieces of squared up DF
The pin setting for 8 sides came out no where near accurate in angles. It needed a more acute setting
I tried several times each time adding feeler gauge distance between the "0" pin and the miter fence for a more acute cutting angle
It wasn't until I got to .059 inches under the pin that I had anything near correct cuts for 8 segments.
Its by no means perfect but I can work with it with a little disc sander trimming (very slight).
Does anyone actually get good polygons with just the settings on one of these things?
I'm not getting anywhere with it yet.
I have a step off fence for the length setting before cutting
Miter gauge slides very smoothly in its groove
I can't figure out where the angularity difference comes from and I've made many octagons with it trying.
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Could you do this? Either post a picture of your miter gauge mounted on the MiterSet with the pins set for an octagon OR
Post a picture of that set up.
If you have to touch up the cuts for an octagon there is NO FUTURE for segmented turning.
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I don't see how to do it
I will post a picture of two IF I can learn how to do it.
I don't see any link to locate and find a picture to upload
BTW Dusty I have relatives in Tucson
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Sorry to hear you are having so much trouble using the Miterset Segments. Seeing a picture of your miter in the Miterset will help us understand what is going on.
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One reason for inconsistent miter angles is that the workpiece tends to drift down the face of the miter gauge on anything other than 90 degree crosscuts (and maybe even on those). This can be very subtle and hard to detect. Some people affix sandpaper to the face of their miter gauge to combat this problem. A miter gauge stop rod is probably an even beter solution, assuming that the workpiece is long enough for you to tilt the face of the miter gauge away from the blade. Or you can attach a sacrificial fence to your miter gauge, and eliminate workpiece drift with a stop block clamped to the sacificial fence — this works even for short workpieces.
If you haven’t yet controlled for this issue, the Miterset may not be the source of your problem.
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