45 degree / bevel crosscut sled

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Project by ajthomas5009 posted 06-08-2015 02:20 AM 3376 views 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a 45 degree / bevel crosscut sled I built over the weekend to help with a jewerly box I’m working on and other future projects. I used Jay Bates video as a guide and kept it fairly vanilla. Anytime I try to make my jigs fancy with extensions/built in stops/ T track my accuracy is sacrifices.

I went with 3/4 birch laminated with 1/8” hard board. I loose a little cut depth but I love how solid it feel and smooth it glides. For the fence rails I went with doubled up birch with a hard board front and back. All the fence edges are chamfered and the inside/bottom edge of the front fence is chamfered to allow for a mini dust channel. For miter bar I went with 2 pieces of maple. The tune up I gave my TS last month allowed me to nail the fit for the miter bar.

I was a little unsure on what was the best method of calibration for this sled and went with a 24” square and eyeballed it the best I could. I then followed it up with the 5 cut method trying to be careful not to pinch the edges. The 5 cut method showed an error of .002 over 60” which was good enough for me. Then I sanded all the pencil marks and drill bit tear out and finished it with 2 coats of poly/turps/BLO. All that’s left is a cpl coats of paste wax.

-- Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust, and when you're up, it's never as good as it seems, and when you're down, you never think you'll be up again, but life goes on.

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#1 posted 06-12-2015 06:19 PM

Nice sled!
It should serve you nicely for many years.

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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