Miter Key Sled and instant work surface

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Project by lanwater posted 11-11-2011 07:42 AM 5912 views 19 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Miter Key Sled

This jig is from Shopnotes Vol 20 issue 116. They build it as “Dovetail Key Jig” for the router table.

Well there is no reason why it can’t be used for both Miter key and dovetail key since it has a removable backer insert as seen in the 4th picture.
For now I am going to use only on the tablesaw. I cut a dozen extra inserts so I have them handy in case I use it on the router for a dovetail key.

Fairly easy to make from left over 3/4” thick plywood pieces.

foldable work table

The second project is a foldable work table from American Woodworker website they call “Instant surface”:

They have a heavy duty one:

I made 2 of the “Instant surface” for when I assemble longer projects. Those are going to be life savers since they hardly take any space when folded.

I used a mixture of pine, oak and ash for the legs; all leftovers. The hinges are from an old kitchen cabinet (I collect hardware).

All half lap joints were cut on the table saw

both folded

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#1 posted 11-11-2011 01:00 PM

Like the jig for splines I have one that I made as well. The tables are a nice addition as well. I really like the heavy duty one as I’m going to make one similar to this with thin peice of metal on top for a welding table. Nice post! Thx for sharing.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 11-11-2011 02:28 PM

New things for the shop. Life is good.

I need to treat myself to some of these.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 11-11-2011 02:30 PM

Hi Ian,
Really nice stuff.
The miter jig is state of the art, and I could not help to notice the knurled brass bolts. Top dollar jig!
The tables arte really cool also, so easy to knock down, if my workshop one morning has growed I will make me some…
So fine details with changeable insert in the jig, and handles in the tables.
Best thoughts my friend,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#4 posted 11-11-2011 03:21 PM

Good Idea! thanks!

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#5 posted 11-11-2011 05:13 PM

Nice spline jig.
I need to make a decent one like that. I have one that I threw together but it’s not a nice one like that.
Cool stands too!

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#6 posted 11-11-2011 07:47 PM

Hello Lanwater

A very nice job

Congratulations my friend

New projects , new ideas …...........

Thanks a lot for sahring

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

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#7 posted 11-11-2011 07:47 PM

Nice jig !!
If you choose a blade with FTG (flat top grind) , you won’t have the little “ears” showing in your splines : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 11-11-2011 08:56 PM

ken90712: I like the heavy duty one as well. That’s for when I get to buy some wood. Thank you!

Steve: Life is good, always full of surprises. Thank you!

Mafe: Those brass knobs do look good. Seeing all the brass you use, I couldn’t resist.

B13: Thank you!

Plantek: Thanks! I say as long as it does the job, that’s all that matter.

Diggerjacks: Thank you!

Dusty56: Thank you. I have one that’s embedded in a sawstop break. I use it a s a wall decoration. I want to get one but it would have to wait a little longer, times are a litle tough. I was looking at the picture last night and I thought they jump out.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#9 posted 11-11-2011 09:04 PM

Hi Ian,

Great and tidy jig. Well thought. Like the insert.

And the foldaway table is a great finding as well.

Look forward for the next splined projects.


-- Back home. Fernando

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#10 posted 11-12-2011 07:25 AM

Fernando my friend, thanks for the nice comments.

The first splined project was forced upon me by my 5yrs old son who absolutely wanted a “big box” for his stuf.
I quickly put one together and he insisted on “painting” it.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#11 posted 11-13-2011 06:01 PM

I think your son made one fine job there, you have to tell him that I am deeply impressed, also the decorations are so cool.
Way to go!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#12 posted 11-14-2011 03:02 PM

One fine collection of shop additions bud…. Really fond of the miter key jig and knock down work tables. Im sure they are going to really come in handy. thanks for sharing and the ideas… Good stuff!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#13 posted 11-14-2011 07:35 PM

Mafe my friend, Ash is all excited you like his box. Now he thinks he should color all the box I make.
I guess I have to avoid boxes for a while :::))

Dan, Thanks for the warm comments (glad to see you at the keyboard again).

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#14 posted 11-14-2011 10:23 PM

Laugh, I think he have every reason to be proud.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#15 posted 11-20-2011 05:01 AM

gr8 spline jig. thnx for sharing. shopnotes are awesome!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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