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10-19-2021 11:19 PM

Hi. I am trying to make a small box with the mitered corners, I tried on my table saw with the Ingra sled, but the piece was just to small and too far away from the blade it vibrated. I switch to my miter saw, and I’m not getting nice clean cuts!

I have re-check seesaw to make sure it was square and then the blade was straight. I don’t know what else to check, It seems no matter what I do I still come out with a bad edge.

If anyone has any suggestions I would appreciate hearing them.

-- Joel, People ask what I make. I tell them I make sawdust, and now and then a nice box or frame,or clock, or lamp pops out.

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#1 posted 10-20-2021 12:08 AM

Here are more photos

This is what I’m trying to do

-- Joel, People ask what I make. I tell them I make sawdust, and now and then a nice box or frame,or clock, or lamp pops out.

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#2 posted 10-20-2021 12:17 AM

You could attach the small piece to a larger piece of wood with double faced tape and use a router with a 45* bevel bit with bearing to cut the miters and then cut the bottom groove afterwards.

Takes a bit longer but better than cutting off fingers!

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#3 posted 10-20-2021 12:37 AM

This is one of those things disc sanders are useful for. You might be able to use taped down coarse sandpaper to even out the error of the saw. Is it that the angle is wrong or it’s out of square?

You can get Festool style clamps that will fit in a dado on the underside of a 3/4” piece of plywood. Using one to clamp your work down might help make the cuts on a table saw.

Miter saw blades can deflect and if blade stabilizers work on them I’m not aware.

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#4 posted 10-20-2021 01:21 AM

Maybe use hold down clamps on a jig made for miters?

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#5 posted 10-20-2021 01:31 AM

I have made small boxes with mitered corners by using a shooting plane to do the miters.

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#6 posted 10-20-2021 01:39 AM

You just need a miter edge shooting board to clean them up. Cut them slightly long and trim them to final length with a plane.

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#7 posted 10-20-2021 01:40 AM

For small pieces, I use a miter jack which works great, but given the tools you have, I would just either tape or glue (with a piece of newsprint between the two parts, the joint will come apart at the newspaper pretty easily) another piece to the wood to get more length to hold onto. Quick and safe!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 10-20-2021 01:40 AM

Maybe use an older version of the Mitersaw, instead..

Set the saw to 45 degrees, and stand that part up against the fence….be sure to clamp it TO the fence….28” of saw does NOT take all that long to make the cut….this one can cut to a depth of 5”....just use long steady strokes with the saw…

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#9 posted 10-20-2021 02:02 AM

I made a tablesaw sled to cut 45 degree bevels. It also does internal splines .

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#10 posted 10-20-2021 04:43 AM

Bevel the blade on the TS at 45° and cut the pieces flat against the table with end against rip fence. Spin them 180° and cut the other end.

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#11 posted 10-20-2021 01:27 PM

+1 for a shooting board and a plane.

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#12 posted 10-21-2021 02:14 PM

When working with small pieces, just about any of the above methods can be problematic. First you need to hold the piece, which can be a challenge. Second, you need to register the piece against a fence or reference plate of some type to maintain the 90 degree angle, which can also be difficult with such a small reference edge.
Gluing or double-stick taping to a larger working piece can solve both problems.

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#13 posted 10-21-2021 07:35 PM

Here’s a great video from Todd Clippinger a member on Ljs for years. I think this might be helpful.

Scroll down a little ways.


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#14 posted 10-21-2021 09:09 PM

I use a modified tenoning jig with hold-downs like Waho posted, and blade at 45º. My jig rides on my fence with zero wobble.
And for really really small parts that I cant clamp I double-side tape them to the jig.

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