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Which prefab miter sled?

by Tedstor
posted 09-16-2018 02:07 PM


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Bill White

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#1 posted 09-16-2018 03:46 PM

Incra for sure.

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#2 posted 09-16-2018 03:47 PM

I had the Incra and it was a great sled. Only reason I sold it was I bought a sliding table saw.
If I ever needed one, I would buy again in a heartbeat.

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#3 posted 09-16-2018 04:08 PM

I have the Incra 5000, if you plan to do bowl segments look into the H.D. 1000, mounted on their sled base. P.S. I love it. The hot line helped me set it up as well.

-- Petey

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#4 posted 09-16-2018 05:30 PM

I love my Dubby

-- Ken

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#5 posted 09-17-2018 02:35 AM



I love my Dubby

- newwoodbutcher


I don’t have a Dubby but they do have a great reputation.

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#6 posted 09-17-2018 09:52 AM

I own a Dubby and Osborn Eb-3; inherited both of them with a used saw purchase. Both work well and can be set up to make repeatable cuts.
Not sure exactly why, but reach for Osborn Eb-3 first for non-45 angle miter cuts? Think biggest reason is Eb-3 doesn’t have 1/2 inch thick support plate that Dubby uses, which reduces the cut depth. The Eb-3 fence is also longer. The Dubby scale is marked with common multi-sided box angles, If I was into turning segmented bowls; pretty sure I would grab the Dubby jig for them.

Note – Have a separate DIY 45 degree miter sled as I cut frames often, and wanted a dedicated jig to avoid time spent on setup and verification of an adjustable jigs. So do not use either the Dubby or Eb-3 for 45 cuts anymore, but when I need odd angle both get used.

Best Luck.

You will find similar questions in forums search, such as:
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/64221

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#7 posted 09-17-2018 11:11 AM

Captain- do you think the dubby would be adequate for building picture frames? I doubt I’ll make them often…...but when I did, it would be a run of 3-4 at a time. So taking the time to set-up and verify wouldn’t be too burdensome.
Short backstory here is that I’m cleaning out my small shop, and have made a lot of headway toward de-cluttering and consolidating. The adjustable miter sled is seemingly attractive to me because its looks versatile. Crosscut sled and miter sled in one. And since I usually only build small stuff…..a smallish sled is OK.

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#8 posted 09-17-2018 12:21 PM

Incra. Period!

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#9 posted 09-17-2018 12:32 PM

Also- which Incra? I already have an Incra miter guage. Would the “express” version be adequate for making smaller projects like picture frames?

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#10 posted 09-17-2018 02:00 PM


Incra. Period!

- Woodbum

Just curious (because you seem so positive) do you have personal experience with the Dubby and/or other store bought sleds?

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#11 posted 09-18-2018 04:07 AM


Captain- do you think the dubby would be adequate for building picture frames?
- Tedstor

Yes, Dubby will work for 45’s. But like any jig requires setup and tweaking to make things perfect.

Guess I should have mentioned earlier: I also own Incra V120 (which is currently bolted to box joint jig), and previously used an Incra 1000 for several years. Have also used Incra 5000 at a friends shop. The Incra 1000-5000 miter jigs are top notch for angle cross cuts, but price is also premium. Which is best? IDK, they all have quirks.
IHMO – answer to which one is best depends on you, your project list, and how much you want to fuss with making angle joints perfect.

Note:
When it comes to making frames with 45 degree corners, have tried all published methods: after market table saw miter gauges (Incra, Osborn, haven’t used kreg vesion), miter sleds (Dubby, Incra, haven’t used Rockler version), and for awhile even used chop saw with slightly long cuts – followed with a bench hook and hand plane to trim miters for the prefect joint. They ALL work. Some just take a little longer to set to exactly 45.00 degrees for perfect joint.

For me, the absolute fastest method for making 45 degree frame pieces is dedicated jig with right and left hand fences that are set to exactly 90 together. You get perfect results with no setup after fences are locked down. See, there is secret when using this kind of dedicated jig. It does not matter if right angle is accidentally 44.5 degrees as the left fence is then 45.5 degrees, as they still form a perfect 90. So if you can mark lengths accurately for cut (or use stop blocks), then actual angle value becomes irrelevant and frames are perfectly square every time.

PS:
If you are out of space, here is example of picture frame 45 degree jig for a chop saw, image borrowed from this thread: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/287481

Another good option is to add 45 miter jig to standard cross cut sled. Here is one example I stole from quick internet search.

YMMV.
Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#12 posted 09-18-2018 04:11 AM

I vote INCRA!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#13 posted 09-18-2018 12:24 PM

I set up my Dubby once 15 years ago and use it almost every day. Picture frames with tight fitting corners are like child’s play (easy and accurate).

-- Ken

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#14 posted 09-18-2018 02:49 PM

I have the Incra 1000se and bought the 5000 for panels. Love it and the micro adjust is the best IMO. Had it for several years now, and love it. Would buy again.

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#15 posted 09-18-2018 06:56 PM

Another vote for Incra. I have the 1000SE with the Miter Express. I have, on occasion, needed to crosscut longer panels or pieces, so doing it again, I probably would go for the 5000 for the added capacity.

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#16 posted 09-24-2018 11:32 PM

Incra 5000. I have several shopbuilt sleds, but the Incra is just so much more reliable and accurate. Shopbuilt sleds are great for corsscutting, but only adequate for mitres.

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#17 posted 09-24-2018 11:56 PM

Incra seems to be a favorite, Rockler, Kreg, Ebay, Craigs list.

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