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Extruded aluminum track has become a popular addition on machine tables and fences because of its versatility — a variety of accessories like hold downs, stop blocks, and guides can be attached with simple T-bolts.

Incra takes the track to another level. Their fence system gives you precise and repeatable positioning by eliminating one source of human error: lining up stop blocks with a scale. Rather than depend on your eye, they incorporate a 32TPI rack in their track and stop block for measurement-free positioning.

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When using a router table, you want the throat — the opening the bit pokes through — to be the smallest diameter possible that still allows the router bit to turn freely. If the opening is too large, small pieces can dip or even fall into the throat. Some throat plates twist and lock into place, and others are held in place by screws, but by far the coolest way to hold a router throat plate is with magnets.

INCRA’s MagnaLOCK laser cut steel rings are held in place with four rare earth magnets; just drop the right-sized ring in place and you’re ready to route. The donut-shaped magnets are held in place with counter-sunk screws and sit on top of O-rings. This setup presumably allows you to adjust the height of the rings so that they’re flush to the table surface.

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Incra makes a standard protractor more useful. Rather than trying to mark next to a tiny line on the edge of a protractor, every 5º and every 22.5º they machine long slots for marking lines with a really sharp pencil or a 0.5 mm lead mechanical pencil. For less frequently-used angles they also cut short slots every 1/2º.

Instead of trying to line up the protractor along an edge, you can quickly butt the protractor’s T-bar against the edge of your work piece. When you need to use the protractor in the middle of a piece, the T-bar detaches with two thumb screws. With the T-bar removed, you also have access to a 6″ ruler with marking holes every 1/32″.

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Perpetuating the trend that the name of anything new must begin with a lower-case “i,” Incremental Tools (part of Taylor Design Group, the maker of INCRA Tools) has introduced new measuring and marking tools in their iGaging™ line. An example is the iGaging™ SnapDepth Digital Indicator shown above. Available for $16.99 (with coupon code GA15; $19.95 without), it can measure rabbet and grove depths in decimal inches to 0.0005″, in fractions to 1/64″, or in millimeters to 0.01mm. Its reinforced composite body includes a mounting lug on the rear that “fits most magnetic bases,” and its standard-thread interchangeable-plunger tip comes with 1″ and 2″ extensions.

With the coupon code, the prices on most of the new iGaging™ parts seems reasonable. What do you think?

iGaging™ [Manufacturer’s Site]

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Maybe I’m just becoming more of an old fart curmudgeon, but when I see something advertised as “now only $923” I think what’s only about $923? You do have to use coupon code TSC7 to get this price on the 52″ range Incra TS-LS Joinery System with 32″×32″ right side router table, but are systems such as these good values?

I do like the Incra rulers and markers (as seen on TM 10/5/07 and 7/29/08), but this joinery systems seems more than a wee bit expensive, even if it does include the Wonder Fence split router fence, rip fence, support legs, rails, and router plate with inserts.

INCRA TS-LS Combo #4 [Manufacturer’s Site]

 

Incra’s miter sliders provide rigid and stable T-slot runners for your router table, table saw, or band saw jigs.  Incra designed them for use with their Build-It System panels, but they can also give your custom jigs precise-fitting runners with minimum play.

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Incra XY Marker

Mark points without having to measure or draw perpendicular lines — and do it more accurately — with Incra’s 6″ x 3″ precision XY Marker.

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T-tracks provide variable mounting points for jigs, hold-downs, featherboards, and other accessories. You cut them to the desired length and install them flush with your work surface, using flat-head screws.  With the track installed, you can secure your jig or accessory to your work surface with T-bolts or 1/4″ hex head bolts paired with nuts or threaded knobs.

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Bend Rules from Incra

It’s easy to introduce error when you’re transferring measurements from a board face to its side — even when you use a square. But with Bend Rules from Incra, you don’t have to worry about introducing any error when transferring measurements because their rule wraps around the edge of the board. Their rules also feature corner slots that extend to both the face and the edge of the board so you can mark both sides simultaneously.

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A miter gauge is great for turning your table saw into a miter saw. The only issue can be the inaccuracy of the cuts when shifting or kickback occurs: a miter sled is a more stable way to go.  But the Miter Express takes the miter sled concept a bit further, giving you a stable zero-clearance platform for all kinds of angled cutting projects. 

Incra’s new Miter Express offers any miter gauge owner an extremely accurate cross-cutting and mitering platform.  The Express features two embedded T-Slot channels to secure the included hold down clamps and outboard fence support.  You can also employ the T-slots for mounting your own custom Jigs.

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