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The Band Saw Accessories...made in the Shop #4: Let's Build a Bandsaw Miter Sled

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 11-20-2010 09:45 PM 3016 reads 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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“I will see it when I believe it.”
Dr. Wayne Dyer…Motivational author and speaker (1940 – )

There are many times while in the shop working on wood projects that we find a need of various woodworking jigs and then at times we also will have a need for an assortment of saw accessories. Sometimes we need to make a shop accessory while in the middle of our project and then again there are instances when our project is actually the building of a shop accessory. In either case here is a crosscut sled that you may find very handy at some point. Let me introduce you to the bandsaw miter sled.

Read more about the Bandsaw Miter Sled.

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You may also enjoy these Band Saw Accessories and Techniques: :

Tilting Bandsaw Miter Sled

Bandsaw Crosscut Sled

Bandsaw Rip Fence made in the Shop

Cutting Thin Strips on the Band Saw

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 11-20-2010 10:15 PM

COOL…

Sure looks SAFER than using the Table Saw!

You make it so simple to make!

I like those drafting triangles too… and cheap!

Thank you again for your great work!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Bob Simmons

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#2 posted 11-20-2010 11:23 PM

Joe…

When cutting miters on smaller pieces the Bandsaw Miter Sled works very well and is very safe. However, for the larger pieces I go with the Dedicated Miter Sled for the table saw as it is hard to beat.

The shop made Bandsaw Miter Sled is very simple to make. (10-15 minutes) Then you have a shop accessory that is very accurate, economical to build, and will last a long time.

The drafting triangles are obviously just one way to set the 45 degree angles for the miter fences. One nice thing about the clear plastic drafting triangles is that one can easily see the saw kerf. This makes it a cinch to align the triangles when laying out the angles for the fences.

Always welcome!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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CreekWoodworker

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#3 posted 11-21-2010 01:28 AM

Very nice, not a spoken word but very understandable. I like the hand signals.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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Bob Simmons

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#4 posted 11-21-2010 01:50 AM

CreekWoodworker…Thank you. I’ll take that as a “thumbs up”.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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jockmike2

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#5 posted 11-21-2010 02:31 AM

NICE VIDEO. YOU MADE IT LOOK SAFE AND ECONOMICAL, AND USEFUL. YEA, YOU COULD USE THE TABLESAW, BUT THIS TO ME LOOKS MUCH SAFER. THANKS.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Roger

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#6 posted 11-21-2010 03:23 AM

Great idea for the bandsaw. I just helped a buddy o mine build a miter sled for his TS earlier today. I see the bandsaw would be perfect for smaller miters. Thnx for sharing your great ideas

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Bob Simmons

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#7 posted 11-21-2010 05:38 AM

Jockmike2…You’ll be very happy with the bandsaw miter sled. You’re very welcome! Thanks for watching.

Roger…Just curious…How did the miter sled turn out for you guys? I believe you will enjoy the bandsaw miter sled if you decide to build it. You’re always very welcome.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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Chip

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#8 posted 11-22-2010 05:31 AM

Another winner Bob. I just made the miter sled a few days ago and it works beautifully. I like small details and accuracy… these sleds are perfect for achieving that. Very much appreciated!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Viking

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#9 posted 11-22-2010 06:11 AM

Bob;

Thanks for sharing you BS miter sled. We plan to build some small picture frames for Christmas and this is a great solution! We will be building this BS jig over the TG holidays.

Thanks!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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Chip

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#10 posted 11-22-2010 09:34 AM

Correction to my last post. I made your cross cut sled. You’ve got so many sleds listed here who can keep track? lol. Sorry about the confusion Bob. This one, the miter sled, will be next on my list. And thanks again for sharing these.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Bob Simmons

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#11 posted 11-22-2010 09:10 PM

Viking…You’re welcome! You’ll appreciate the band saw miter sled for your small picture frames. With the aid of a stop block you will be able to easily obtain uniform lengths that are accurate and and your miters will be right on. You may enjoy the following video and article…Mastering the Miter Joint. If you would like to share information on my site about your band saw miter sled build feel free to contact me. Thanks.

Chip…The good news is that you will soon have the cross cut sled built and ready for good use. Once it’s built (10 minutes) and you’ve made some cuts you’ll be ready for the miter sled (10 minutes)...trust me! Being able to make cuts in this way seems to open up ideas and possibilities that aren’t considered on other saws. You’ll find that these sleds are actually fun to use. Good luck and let me know how it works out for you. If you would like to share information on my site about your band saw miter sled build feel free to contact me. Thanks.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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Chip

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#12 posted 11-23-2010 02:29 AM

Bob, the only modification I made to the crosscut sled was a little screw and leather stop on the bottom of the runner to prevent me from slicing all the way through the sled. You may have had one on yours but it was tough to tell from the video. Otherwise, smooth sailing and thanks again. I’ll try to make the miter sled this week.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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DragonLady

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#13 posted 11-23-2010 03:33 AM

that was wonderful!! Watched the whole thing through, and it was nice to follow along on each step, without someone jabbering away to fill up airtime!

Everything came through crystal clear, not only what to do, but why, as well.

I think I may lose a few hours browsing through your site.

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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Bob Simmons

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#14 posted 11-23-2010 04:30 AM

Chip…A screw and a leather strop is a great idea. It is always interesting to see and hear someone else’s perspective. The sled I made was created for the need at the moment and also to convey the idea of the sled on video. My fence is only 3/4” thick because that’s what I had available in scrap. However I may just add on another fence in front of the current fence. Enjoy!

DragonLady…Chances are if you enjoyed this video…then you will enjoy the others as well. Thank you for the kind words! Welcome to the site.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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