45 deg finger joints sled

  • Advertise with us
Project by Alexandre Lussier posted 11-22-2016 02:35 AM 2495 views 14 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw that type of joints on some fine furniture made by Nathan Day. He made these using a big shaper and a miter gauge. I tought of a sled. A 45 degre sled with a 1/4 inch spacer, just like a box joint sled except it hold the part at 45 degres. It works well. I’m working on a bar height table with angled legs and I need many strong 45 joints for the footrest and frame. Don’t worry, I cut longer pieces and I clamp them on the sled. On the 4th pic, it’s the 1st test cut. It only needed a depth adjusment.


-- Alex, Bas Saint-Laurent

15 comments so far

View woodbutcherbynight's profile


10889 posts in 3868 days

#1 posted 11-22-2016 04:47 AM

I just got done building a miter sled, now this too??? LOL

Nice work!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

View Ivan's profile


17283 posts in 4327 days

#2 posted 11-22-2016 08:10 AM

Definately the project to take in consideration.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

View michelletwo's profile


2795 posts in 4475 days

#3 posted 11-22-2016 11:32 AM


View Alexandre Lussier's profile

Alexandre Lussier

93 posts in 2294 days

#4 posted 11-22-2016 12:17 PM

I think I will build an ajustable angle version when I’ll get spare time… In my shop, the jigs are build by necessity and they are not treated really well. My taper jig is a straight birch ply piece in wich I screw the hold downs where I need them to be. It works really well and it’s fast and sturdy. We can make really handful things out of scrap wood, screws and brad nails.

-- Alex, Bas Saint-Laurent

View Mikesawdust's profile


330 posts in 4498 days

#5 posted 11-22-2016 01:02 PM

I like this, I’ve done finger joints and box joints but not at a 45. I guess I have another project

-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

View splintergroup's profile


6950 posts in 2681 days

#6 posted 11-22-2016 04:06 PM


I’ve always cut a notch for the alignment “peg” into the backer board then tweaked the backer position on my miter gauge to dial it in. This means that when the backer board gets hosed, I start all over. Having the peg mounted on a sled makes perfect sense for eliminating this hassle.

View helluvawreck's profile


32122 posts in 4326 days

#7 posted 11-22-2016 06:16 PM

You really did a nice job on this jig.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

View Diggerjacks's profile


2331 posts in 4598 days

#8 posted 11-22-2016 06:21 PM

Hello Tête de bois

A cool jig : new project in my mind…


Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

View Alexandre Lussier's profile

Alexandre Lussier

93 posts in 2294 days

#9 posted 11-22-2016 10:57 PM

Today was a 45 deg finger joints party! See pics 5 and 6. It works well. Thank you all for the good words.

-- Alex, Bas Saint-Laurent

View SteveGaskins's profile


762 posts in 4046 days

#10 posted 11-22-2016 11:49 PM

It’s sure thinking out of the box. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

View DonSol's profile


249 posts in 2701 days

#11 posted 11-23-2016 12:09 AM

I am thinking this would be a good joint for a shop stool. Just like what you made only with the legs closer together. Thank you Alex for posting this, very clever. This is in my favorites.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

View Alexandre Lussier's profile

Alexandre Lussier

93 posts in 2294 days

#12 posted 11-23-2016 12:15 AM

Don, for a stool, it’s not required because de legs met at 90 deg. You can take a look in my project, I made to maple stools last week.

-- Alex, Bas Saint-Laurent

View CrazyRussianWoodShop's profile


192 posts in 2104 days

#13 posted 11-23-2016 12:41 AM

Liked the joint and the jig!

-- Michael Makarevich (CrazyRussianWoodShop):

View calisdad's profile


334 posts in 2969 days

#14 posted 11-23-2016 05:02 PM

Brilliant ! Thanks for sharing.

-- Groveland, CA.

View Sammo's profile


81 posts in 3129 days

#15 posted 11-29-2016 04:24 AM

I am looking to make a clamping tool and I like to keep as much wood involved…...I knew what I wanted, but I think you just pushed me in the right direction. Thank you!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics