Making a Mitre Saw Stop Block

The one thing that annoys me is when cutting small parts, is the need for a mitre saw stop block, which entails finding a piece of scrap wood that will do and then a clamp, so after seeing an item on the internet the other day, decided to make a dedicated stop block.

I went out and bought a Stanley welding clamp like this one (I\’m sure like everything else here, it is just a copy, it only cost 20000COP/ $7.73/ £5):

Then using my grinder and a fine metal cutting disc, I removed the prongs.

That done it was to the grinding wheel, where I ground it flat, and then I had a slight problem, which delayed things for a day, I didn\’t have a 1/4\” drill bit that would go through hardened steel, the photo below shows it clamped to a piece of scrap pine, I used this as support to stop flex whilst using the pillar drill.

but once bought I was then at the next stage, and that was to cut a piece of hardwood, being predictable, in my case, mahogany! to act as the stop, you need to cut it at least 3/8\” higher than the fence, because of the sweet spot on the clamp. I then cut the bottom corners off at 45° to stop dust build-up, after which I decided what is the correct position for the clamp and screwed it to the stop block.

Job Done! …Sorry this is not a very good photo, due to the mess, I am making a batch of coasters for the house, at the request of Marcela 🙂

Published by Phil Sale

I moved to Colombia from Spain in 2012, and I am happily married to a Colombiana.

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