Miter sled for table saw

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Project by Mikeyf56 posted 03-07-2010 03:31 AM 5470 views 8 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was having trouble cutting good miters for a project, so at the suggestion of some of the good folks here, I made a miter sled for my table saw.(found plans in Woodworker’s Journal) After nearly getting impaled by a nice red oak triangle, I decided to add the hold down clamps. Used it today to make 3 perfect squares, it works pretty darn good. Didn’t have to cough up $500 + for new sliding miter saw either :-)

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#1 posted 03-07-2010 03:37 AM

nice work on the sled… I would add a thicker board at the front and foot of the jig to add some stability and protection from the blade… search out this type of sled here on LJ and you’ll find many variations.. most have larger board to help “bury” the blade and prevent unwanted loss of fingers…

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#2 posted 03-07-2010 03:44 AM

Good idea, thank you. 2X4’s work ok?

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#3 posted 03-07-2010 03:46 AM

Why are your clamps facing inward?
By placing those inward, you are limiting your cut length.

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#4 posted 03-07-2010 03:57 AM

That’s pretty slick. I like that.

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#5 posted 03-07-2010 04:07 AM

Router, the clamps face inward to hold down both sides of the work piece, and they don’t inhibit the cut length at all. (The sled is used only on the table saw, not on my miter saw.)

Thanks jayjay.

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#6 posted 03-07-2010 04:46 AM

Sorry, but I don’t understand – do you cut both pieces at one time on this to obtain a “perfect” miter cut?

All the other sleds I have seen, to include mine, have the clamps towards the blade so the blade pushes the work into the support – this looks like it could push the piece away from them.

Please to explain….... Thanks!


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#7 posted 03-07-2010 05:01 AM

As an example of what I did today: I cut a board 10” long and ripped it to 5”. For the first cut, the long edge of the board rests against the left fence, the short side against the right. Both clamps come down to hold the board in place while I push the sled through the blade to make the cut. For the 2nd cut I flip the board over so the long edge is now against the left fence, put down both clamps again and make the cut. When both cuts are done I have a perfice right triangle.

Does that help Bob?

This sled was originally designed to be used stationary, clamped onto a miter saw. I added rails so I could use it on the table saw, maybe that is why it is backwards from what you use?

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#8 posted 03-07-2010 05:07 AM

Miter of fact I like it. Good job.

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#9 posted 03-07-2010 05:15 AM

Thanks Jim.

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#10 posted 03-07-2010 09:20 AM

Hey Mikey,
If it works for you…great….but be safe.

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#11 posted 03-07-2010 11:59 AM

Will do Splinterman, thank you.

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#12 posted 03-07-2010 03:48 PM

Good job. No one has to convince me – This is the easiest way to get really good mitered corners on picture frames and other flat items. A vertical version is great for mitered corners for boxes.

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#13 posted 03-07-2010 03:52 PM

so you cut one piece at a time and both clamps hold the one piece? But you have to already have the piece sized before making the miter? I think that is the confusion. Looks like it would work well, i prefer to cut mine on the outside of fence so i can size the work piece. Here is my version.

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#14 posted 03-07-2010 04:01 PM

Nice sled… looks like it will work well. I was thinking of making one, but haven’t found plans on a good one. What issue of Woodworkers Journal had the plans?


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#15 posted 03-07-2010 04:02 PM

after giving some thought, this makes alot of sense because its sometimes difficult to size when cutting miters. If your boards are already cross cut to size this would make it easy. I deal with this issue by using a stop on my fence. Sorry to question your design, it makes perfect sense now. Good job.

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