Making repeat cuts on a DeWalt miter saw with no ruler fence
I'm working on an "art" project where I have to cut a strip of wood into six equal pieces (and then repeat many times over.) These are miter cuts, and I figured the quickest/easiest/best way would be to do this on a miter saw (vs my table saw or radial arm saw.)
I recently picked up a DeWalt miter saw to replace a couple of off brand saws I'd been using over the years. I love the saw, its a real tool, but it has no markings on the fence (my others had a ruler on the fence.) So, I'd like to know what you do or would do.
What I've tried is:
- pre-marking the wood with a pencil, but it takes longer than I'd like to align the wood. Its a narrow strip and a miter cut, and I'm not getting great accuracy.
- pencil marking the fence. I don't feel like this is accurate enough for the precision cuts I need for this project
- using the first cut as a stacked template. Time consuming, not 100% accurate with the general blade I have.
- clamping a block to the fence. My DeWalt doesn't have a clamp and doesn't look like it has a place for one, so I used a spring clamp and plywood on the fence itself. I worked this time, but the clamp isn't as tight as I'd like, and the back of the fence has ridges and slopes so this is probably not going to always work, and then there's the motor that can get in the way of my clamp :-).
Thanks in advance for your ideas and help.