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Trying new woodworking skills #15: Mitering success

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Blog entry by BJODay posted 12-09-2013 06:23 PM 697 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 14: Table top miter problem Part 15 of Trying new woodworking skills series Part 16: A tighter miter »

I had some problems cutting my mitered table top. I used an Incra miter gauge but had trouble holding the piece firmly. I have a shop built miter sled, but because the pieces are small, they don’t lie well against the fence.

I bit the bullet and bought the Incra miter express sled. I’m not doing a review here but I like the sled. I felt very safe using it. The only problem I had was binding in my miter slot. I have a Craftsman Hybrid TS. It has a granite top. I may have to file a little bit on the miter slot. I squared everything up and made some test cuts. Apparently I wasn’t quite true.

To make four 45 degree joints match up all the way around the top, (8 cuts), I had to set the saw at 45.2 degrees. For the two remaining tops I will set it at 45.15 degrees. This should fine tune it slightly. Very easy to adjust with the Incra miter.

Hey there’s a hole in the middle! Instead of trying to make a clean joint all the way to a center point, I thought I’d leave an opening. This will be filled with a ceramic tile of a celtic knot. I’ll cut a mortise and drop it in

This is a nesting table project with 3 small end tables. Each will have a tile in the center. 3×3 for the small table. 4×4 for the middle size. 6×6 for the largest top. Here is a cool advantage to using the internet. I was able to find an art studio in British Columbia run by John & Shannon Gresham. They had just what I was looking for. They were fast and inexpensive. This was for a small, (5 tile) order. 2,000 miles away, I paid using paypal. Before the web I would have had to put in many hours and lots of miles to find these tiles. Here is a link http://earthsongtiles.com

I’ll post more as things progress.

BJ



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germartz

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#1 posted 12-10-2013 01:49 AM

Thanks for posting this. I bought the rockler version of this sled looking forward to using it.

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#2 posted 12-10-2013 11:16 AM

Looks like a great sled. My own miter gauge came with my table saw and the fence is shaped like an ‘L’. First you cut the first piece on one fence and the matching piece on the other. they will always match up even if the miter gauge is set a little off the the true angle. Simple but effective.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 12-10-2013 11:16 AM

Looks like a great sled. My own miter gauge came with my table saw and the fence is shaped like an ‘L’. First you cut the first piece on one fence and the matching piece on the other. they will always match up even if the miter gauge is set a little off the the true angle. Simple but effective.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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