Readers' Comments Regarding the Osborne EB-3 Miter Gauge

A few comments regarding the Festool OF 1000 Router From Joe Starr:

I've been awaiting your perspective on the Osborne EB-3 Miter Gauge for some time now. I have used the gauge for some time, and have found it to be extremely accurate and reliable. In fairness, there are a number of aftermarket miter gauges that can produce excellent results. I like the Osborne, mostly because of the fundamental rigidity of the triangular design.

However, I have read a few somewhat disparaging assessments, quibbling about inaccuracies due to mechanical flexing, pivot loosening, and so on. I have never experienced these problems, even cutting through eight-inch wide, six-foot long 6/4 hardwood stock. The angles the Osborne produced have always been, for all intents and purposes, dead on the money. I used a precision engineer's protractor to measure them.

Anyway, any guess about when you might get to your review of the EB-3 (or your other pending reviews, for that matter)?

Regarding equipment reviews in general, you folks seem to have a sufficiently critical, but very practical, approach to your judgments, rather than taking a more theoretical, perfectionist viewpoint. Some wood-whackers, even some quite good ones, apparently cannot discern the wide gulf between true excellence, and perfection. Excellence is attainable. Perfection is not.
Joe Starr