Cross Cut and Miter Sled

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Project by Sanding2day posted 05-10-2013 03:22 AM 2373 views 4 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Evening LJs, Still jumping around around a bit as I haven’t finished project #2 as desired and spent a limited amount of time tonight working on project X. Did want to throw another one up so I do not get behind and the pics identify another sled option which although not highly clever by any means does seem to be a good idea at least to me and I had not seen the combo sled done before.

This sled is simply oak ply base and oak front/back/rails. The rails were mortised, glued, and screwed while the back was just screwed directly to rear fence. Did this as I wanted the front to ride high as I Did not want a bulky box in the front so I ensured that the hands were well above the blade regardless of its height and my pushing it all the way through…

As the most challenging part for me was attaining a perfect glide within the miter rails I didn’t wish to go through this for the 45 degree miter sled and decided to glue in corner pieces for a sled to drop into the cross cut sled… I ensured that these were place high enough to not inhibit most cuts and glued with sled present to confirm a square fit.

Both sleds work as desired and if I had to do over I would only make the change mentioned on Mere Mortals regarding the use of composite material instead of wood for the miter rails to prevent any issues with humidity changes (although after fighting a bit and several sandings/waxings I have not yet had an issue).

Although not pictured I also made a jig which attaches over the right support rail for making various cuts vertically. Nothing more than plywood cut to fit in a U shape over the bar… The first two may be seen hanging on the wall in pic 3. This is an old pic and I did not clean up for the shot, but so be it :) Have a good one all…

Thanks for looking…

-- Dan

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#1 posted 05-10-2013 03:24 AM

Just realized that I lied… The front saw blocks are also oak ply.. Good for getting cut up if it comes to it :) And the glued corners for the miter sled are bubinga.

-- Dan

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