Simple Mitre Sled

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Project by Mike posted 07-05-2013 03:26 AM 1821 views 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Title says it all! I wanted to keep it as simple and accurate as possible. Browsed through lots of pics and videos by fellow LJs and got the basic design. It seems to work quite well. It is just 1/2 in plywood, and yes, that is some left over quarter sawn oak from the coffee table project. It was too small to use for anything else and I sure wasn’t gonna waste it, so…...why not?!?

-- A person of integrity never speaks of it...he walks in it...

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#1 posted 07-05-2013 05:05 AM

looking good Mike…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#2 posted 07-05-2013 10:34 AM

It may be simple Mike but they work and are so handy in the workshop…would not be with out one..well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#3 posted 07-05-2013 10:56 AM

This miter sled design with the 90 angle turned to 45 is the simplest and the best for me.
Nice work

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#4 posted 07-05-2013 04:16 PM

Simple and effective.
Hard to beat that combination. :-)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#5 posted 07-05-2013 04:49 PM

The design works well and if you keep the same surface of the frame parts oriented up and cut from both sides of the sled any minuscule error in the set up will cancel out. Fore example if the right side cuts at 44.6 degrees and left side will be at 45.4 and they will still form a 90 degree corner when assembled.

I would suggest others who make a similar sled use a solid piece of wood cut square for the top guide. Then cut across two corners to form two triangles. Then use one of the triangles and align it on the sled at 45 degrees to the table saw blade. Fasten it to the sled and then cut the blade slot. It will be easier than trying to get two separate pieces of wood lined up as you did and if the corner of the triangle is square you will get near perfect mitres.
I just used mine to make 20 oak picture frames for an old neighbor who wanted to frame some drawings he had done as a child; about 80 years ago. It took no time at all to cut the mitres with this set up and no fussing over inaccurate cuts.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 07-05-2013 11:17 PM

Good idea Les that simplifies it even more !

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