Dedicated 45 degree mitre sled

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Blog series by mnorusis updated 08-26-2010 03:47 PM 4 parts 8601 reads 11 comments total

Part 1: Intro

08-23-2010 04:31 AM by mnorusis | 5 comments »

Since I now have a “real” table saw (thanks Timbo!) and my current project is going to call for a mitred “frame”, I decided now is a great time for a 45 degree mitre sled. Thanks to RKW's mitre sled project (and thanks to RKW for answering my additional questions), I have a pretty good idea of what I’m going to do. Some info and decisions:1) I enjoy working with tools that look as nice as the projects I work on, so I’ll use leftover “nice” w...

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Part 2: Rails and Fence

08-24-2010 05:15 AM by mnorusis | 4 comments »

This evening I finished up the mitre rails by counter-sinking 3 @ 3/4” screws into them from the bottom, making sure they were not protruding so they don’t scrape my mitre slots. After that, I ripped a strip of walnut into two long pieces about 30” long and 1 1/4” wide. These will be used for the 45 degree fence. Since I want to be able to run stop blocks on the fence, I put a t-slot down the middle on the router table. The t-slot bit I purchased only cuts the wi...

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Part 3: Fence and Stop Blocks

08-25-2010 06:44 AM by mnorusis | 2 comments »

Before installing the fence, I needed to rout the t-slots for the hold downs. I did this by just clamping a straight piece of hardwood to the sled to use as a fence for the router. Here’s a picture with all of the hold down t-slots done At this point I went ahead and pushed the sled onto the saw blade to have a guide for where the saw will cut. Then I used the pieces of the fence to set my table saw fence and blade height, to cut out the notches of my stop blocks. Sor...

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Part 4: Hold downs and measuring tape

08-26-2010 03:47 PM by mnorusis | 0 comments »

Just some minor details attended to for this update. First, I cut out some hold downs to use in the t-slots I cut in front of the fence (shown without the t-bolts) Then I applied the measuring tape I bought from woodcraft to the top front edge of the fence. This actually worked out very well as I can line up the part of the stop block that runs along the top side of the fence with the measuring tape. Woodcraft sells both L-to-R and R-to-L measuring tape in 6’ and 12’ l...

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