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Worm gear angle plate: Anyone used one of these?

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chakotay

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There's been more than a few times while dreaming up projects that are WAY over my experience level that I couldn't figure out a way to make a beveled cut with my existing tooling (purely for example's sake: milling the grind of a pocket knife blade). It seems like this is what I need. Yes, it's cheap. But so far the cheap stuff has been working fine for me. Any thoughts/flames would be appreciated.
 

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There's been more than a few times while dreaming up projects that are WAY over my experience level that I couldn't figure out a way to make a beveled cut with my existing tooling (purely for example's sake: milling the grind of a pocket knife blade). It seems like this is what I need. Yes, it's cheap. But so far the cheap stuff has been working fine for me. Any thoughts/flames would be appreciated.
I have the 7 x 10 model. It has worked well for me. The only criticism I can offer is that the angle table height plus the height of your workpiece can get tall enough that rigidity becomes a problem. I've worked around it by using HSS tool bits instead of carbide, taking light cuts, and slowing down the spindle speed. I would buy one again.

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I think the homemade plate is the way to go, if you read through the thread you'll see a heap of useful mods guys have done.

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chakotay

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The homemade plate looks like a good idea and certainly within my capabilities. But I guess I'm just wanting something ready-made off-the-shelf.
 

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I had a mechanical, hand adjusted angle plate, but when I had enough money I bought a worm gear and just haven't gotten around to selling the hand adjustable unit. The worm gear is definitely the way to go and the only thing I would warn you about is not to forget to tighten the clamps before making a cut. Not only will it make a sloppy cut, but the teeth of the worm really aren't designed to take a lot of pressure. I would most definitely go for the worm gear!
 
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