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.