Wixey Digital Angle Gauge - An easy tool to duplicate table angles.
The Wixey Digital Angle Gauge allows you to set the scroll saw table to an exact angle time after time.
The angle gauge was designed for use with table saw or radial arm saw blades, where it is important to get an exact angle for cabinet work. It is very useful for setting an exact scroll saw table angle that can be repeated time after time. While not every scroller needs pinpoint accuracy—the gauge is accurate to 0.1 degrees—scrollers who do a lot of relief scrolling, inlay work, or marquetry will find it invaluable.
Start with a table that is perfectly square to the scroll saw blade. Rare-earth magnets secure the user-friendly gauge to the scroll saw table. If you have an aluminum table, a few nails under the table will lock it in place nearly as well. Turn the gauge on, and press the “zero” button. This lets the gauge know that it is in the starting position. Then angle the saw table to one side or the other and watch the digital readout change. When you have the angle you want, lock the table in place, remove the gauge, and cut out the material.
When you are ready to re-square the table with the blade, replace the gauge, and shift the table until the digital readout shows 0°. It’s as simple as that.
This allows scrollers to note what angle works best for different thicknesses of wood and different blades. Instead of making a number of test cuts to find the correct angle, the gauge allows you to get close on your first try. There will always be a few fluctuations, based on the blade manufacturing and true wood thickness, but the digital angle gauge takes a lot of the guesswork out of cutting on an angle.
The Wixey Digital Angle Gauge is available for $39.99 + $8.25 S&H from Woodcraft, 800-225-1153, www.woodcraft.com.