crosscut sled for miters

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Project by StLouisWoodworker posted 01-06-2009 10:46 PM 11491 views 99 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really messed up some boxes I was making by not being careful enough when cutting miters for the sides. Soon after dumping the trashed sides into the dumpster, an article by Doug Stowe appeared in the Nov/Dec 2008 issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine. In it, Stowe describes how he gets his perfect miters by using a shop made crosscut sled of his table saw. “That’s what I need,” I said to myself, so I put one together by following Stowes description and adding a couple of features. I added a T-slot for use with a hold-down clamp and a face board to allow adjustment of the rear rail to be perpendicular to the saw kerf. The accompanying pictures show the result.

-- Don Snyder (38.6N, 90.3W)

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#1 posted 01-06-2009 10:58 PM

I’ve never seen the sled stop before. Great idea.

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#2 posted 01-06-2009 11:01 PM

First class sled!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 01-07-2009 12:05 AM


I really like the adjustable rear fence.

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#4 posted 01-07-2009 12:06 AM

very nice…I may have to make me one…..

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#5 posted 01-07-2009 12:25 AM

Great! I like the hold down feature.

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#6 posted 01-07-2009 12:39 AM

Very nice. I have always struggled getting the fence perpendicular to the blade. The sub fence seems to make adjusting easier. The sled stop is very ingenious too…


-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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#7 posted 01-07-2009 03:00 AM

Very nice. I like the additions.

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#8 posted 01-07-2009 03:53 AM

Nice sled,
I really like the extra features, sled stop, hold down and blade block with kerf markings. I assume the marks are to keep fingers away?? I’m working on a review of a new cabinet saw. I just got the 220 wired into the shop last night. This has got to be one of the first jigs I build for it. The rear fence adjustment is ingenious. Think I’ll take, OK STEAL, that idea and add an adjustment bolt with locking nuts.
The hold down is my favorite. Looks like it will accomodate about any common thickness of board.
Nice Job and thanks for the ideas.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#9 posted 01-07-2009 04:04 AM

Thanks for the many positive comments. BTKS: yes, the markings on the blade block are a reminder to keep fingers away—fingers cut in the shape of a miter are to be avoided. It makes my stomach churn to think about that. I’ve got to color those marks bright red as a safety alert. Tom Adamski: I looked at the boxes you make and like your designs and the precision miters you achieve. Nice work!

-- Don Snyder (38.6N, 90.3W)

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#10 posted 01-07-2009 04:46 AM

I have a feeling this one will be favorited a bunch. Nice take on the magazine design. Remember the article, love your interpretation

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#11 posted 01-07-2009 05:44 AM

Nice sled. A great job.

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#12 posted 01-07-2009 02:36 PM

This is a nice addition to your shop. I have been planning on making one of these and this one certainly is an inspiration.

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#13 posted 01-07-2009 06:25 PM

Very nice sled, I need to make one of those also.

-- Lori

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#14 posted 01-07-2009 07:02 PM

Fantastic! I have always thought sleds were basically the same, but the three features you added (sub fence, T-slot, and the fence stop) all are originals for me. Well done. This will definitely be favorited and stolen. Thanks for sharing…


-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#15 posted 01-08-2009 10:24 PM

though of everything. way to go. nice job!

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