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    Miter gauge giving me the Creeps!

    I've put a sacrificial fence on my table saw miter guage to be able to cross cut some longer stock. I,m getting a slight creeping away from my cut line towards the end of the cut. Seems like I'm moving the stock. Besides clamping, is there another way to prevent this from happening?

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    Haven't done it myself, but I know some guys glue sandpaper to the auxiliary fence to make it more "grippy".

    I've run into the same kind of slipping when I'm cutting angles and trying to hold the piece by hand. As much as possible, I use a stop block on my miter gauge fence to keep the piece from moving. (One of the reasons I like the Incra 1000.) If I'm not using the stop block, I either clamp the piece or just hold it tighter and cut a bit slower. If you try to push the wood through the blade too fast, it pulls (or pushes) the piece and makes the creep worse.
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    The first thing to do is to check that the blade is square to the miter slot.

    I bought a roll of nonslip tape at HD and use it for all kinds of things I don't want to slip, I put it on my miter gauge, I do not cut though it with the blade, I put it up to the blade and then on the other side of a sacrificial fence.

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    First the assumptions:
    - you get good cuts without the sac-fence
    - you milled the sac-fence to be have true square and parallel surfaces

    If this is true and the deviation is introduced with the sac-fence then there are three specific things I can offer:
    - Apply sandpaper to the sac-fence to prevent creep assuming that is the cause
    - Assure the miter bar is riding consistently in the slot for the duration of the cut path assuming that is the cause
    - Build a small tablesaw sled
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    Thanks, I'm going to try the sandpaper tonight. I think I made the aux fence to smooth so I'm moving the stock slightly. Enough to drive me crazy! Thanks again Vaughn.

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