Finally a dedicated Miter Sled!

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Project by RS Woodworks posted 01-28-2013 06:47 PM 4390 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to make a dedicated miter sled for the table saw for a long time. Finally got around to it. Made of some scrap 3/4” fir plywood and some reclaimed birch 2×4’s, this sled can handle boards up to 16” wide. It is dead flat to the table and the blade set at a perfect 45 degrees measured with my Wixey tilt box. The runner is a scrap of wenge glued and screwed to fit tightly in the miter slot. I secured the fence with a screw on the right end and then made an elongated slot on the left end. Some slight adjustments to get the fence to a perfect 90 degrees to the blade. Works terrific! I used a scrap of bloodwood to remind me where NOT to put my hand as I push the sled thru the cut! :)
Thanks for looking and comments welcome!

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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Michael Wilson

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#1 posted 01-28-2013 06:51 PM

Love it :-)

This sure makes me wish I had a better table saw.

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#2 posted 01-28-2013 09:01 PM

nice addition to your shop…having only one runner does it feel secure?...

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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RS Woodworks

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#3 posted 01-28-2013 09:16 PM

Thanks guys. Jeff, it feels very secure as long as the runner is tight in the slot, which it is.
You never want two runners. If your table slots are not perfectly parrallel, even out by a couple thousandths of an inch, you will never be able to push your sled thru.

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#4 posted 01-28-2013 11:06 PM

Very good jig for making perfect corners on boxes. I made a similar jig awhile back and found I was unable to hold the piece being cut securely enough every pass and a slight shift while cutting meant dimensions are revisited. So I added a few clamps to hold the piece securely each pass. This jig makes fantastic 45 deg cuts.

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#5 posted 01-28-2013 11:37 PM

Great idea. I have to make one of these. 45 degree cuts with a miter gauge make me very nervous


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#6 posted 01-29-2013 12:16 AM

Great build – if you were to flip this around you might be able to also run a 90 degree miter as well and get double use from a single sled.



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#7 posted 01-29-2013 03:50 PM

Great ideas. I made a similar sled but within a couple of weeks others in the shop used it with a blade not set to 45 and ruined the cuts.
Ah the foibles of a shared shop.
Nicely done..

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#8 posted 01-29-2013 07:34 PM

Would someone educate me as to why this is beneficial? I am not being condescending, I just really don’t understand, and would like to learn.

I see the point in having a sled, but if this table saw isn’t solely used for making 45’s with this sled, wouldn’t you have to set the blade each time you wanted to use it? And couldn’t you use the same sled regardless of what angle you were cutting? (I have not made a sled yet, which is why I need some edge-ah-ma-cation).

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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