A dedicated Mitre Sled for the Tablesaw

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 07-04-2010 05:52 PM 4438 reads 14 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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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-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#1 posted 07-04-2010 09:36 PM

Very nice video Bob. It looks like a very good sled, and the cutting result in your video proved it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 07-04-2010 11:44 PM

Mike…Thanks for the kind words! It is a very good sled. It’s easy to make and easy to use. Stay tuned for more. (I bet you’re getting a lot of sun these days)

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#3 posted 07-05-2010 04:30 AM

Bob – thanks for the great video!
You made this look like an easy undertaking – and the results speak for themselves. I’ve been checking out your site for awhile – the turning is incredible. I’ve got to admit as a newbie I relate more to this video and I’m looking forward to seeing more great instructional shows from you. Great work.

-- -- Mike

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#4 posted 07-05-2010 05:21 AM

MG…You quite welcome and thanks for checking out the site. If you appreciate it now, you’ll appreciate what lies ahead. Stay tuned as there is more coming and we have more work to do with the mitre sled. We will get more into segmented woodturning as we go and it will be simplified for you. Let me know what questions you have as we move forward. Welcome aboard!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#5 posted 07-05-2010 11:08 AM

Great Video.. Thanks..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 07-05-2010 02:33 PM

Tim…Thanks very much! Your very welcome.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#7 posted 07-05-2010 05:11 PM

Another great video, thanks

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#8 posted 07-05-2010 06:38 PM

Toolz…Your support is greatly appreciated. You’re welcome!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#9 posted 07-06-2010 06:43 AM

Thanks for the video. very informative.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 07-06-2010 09:26 AM

Nice job on the sled and the video.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 07-06-2010 01:55 PM

Lanwater…You’re welcome. Much appreciated!

TS…Thanks!...Glad you find it useful.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#12 posted 07-06-2010 04:43 PM

Bob, thanks for the video, I am new to this too like Mike and appreciate all the visual help I can get. Nice site too


-- Tom

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#13 posted 07-06-2010 07:05 PM

Tom…Welcome aboard. Glad to have you! We can all feel comfortable and learn woodworking together. Thanks for taking the time to visit the site and to share your appreciation. Stay tuned for more. Your support is greatly appreciated.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#14 posted 07-06-2010 07:28 PM

Very good, Bob!

Thank you very much!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#15 posted 07-06-2010 11:01 PM

Joe…Greatly appreciated! You’re welcome and thanks for your support.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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