Has there ever been a time that you’ve struggled to cut a perfect mitre joint? Believe me, there’s no need to feel alone. All of us have had our challenges with the mitre joint at one time or another. So, let’s say that we want to build a woodworking project like a picture frame and we are looking to create four dead-on mitres joints. What’s going to be the woodworking tool of choice? We could use a chop saw or a mitre saw for our joinery. We could use a fine handsaw and block plane. I think you’ll agree that they are a number of ways that we can cut mitre joints for our wood projects.
For my money I’ll use the mitre sled on the tablesaw any day because an accurate mitre sled gives the woodworker a great deal of control over the material being cut. The centralized mitre fence needs to be accurately set to 90 degrees when the the mitre sled is constructed. Since you’ll be making both a left mitre cut and a right mitre cut, you are guaranteed a joint that will add up to 90 degrees every time. This is provided that the material is properly secured and and also provided that there is no sawdust or debris between the material and the fence that it rest against.
Perhaps you already have a mitre sled. If you do not have one, no problem because they are simple to build. Just take your time and enjoy the process. Before long you too will be cutting mitres efficiently and with confidence every time. A dedicated mitre sled for the tablesaw provides the woodworker with a tremendous advantage. This advantage is called accuracy.This woodworking tutorial walks you through the steps of building the sled.
Your materials on hand may differ from mine and that’s OK. Use what you have available.
(The following are the materials that I used.)
1/2” Baltic birch plywood is used as the sled base. The runners and handles are of hard maple. Paraffin wax is applied to the sled’s bottom to allow for a better sliding action.
Let me know how it works out for you. If you have any ideas or suggestions on how to build a better mitre sled then send them to this link. I’d love to hear about it.
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