I finally made a scrap wood MITER SLED with Sapele and Zebrawood 3.0

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Project by Jamie McDonald posted 08-04-2014 06:21 AM 3853 views 26 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So when I bought my tablesaw a few years ago I didn’t realize that “wood working” was many hours of “jig making” in order to have a few fabulous moments of wood working. So this miter sled was made as a result of cutting countless miters every other wrong way possible until I realized that this was probably the smartest way.

During this project I learned that I can only trust 2 of the 5 squares that I have in my shop. These 2 squares are square to each other. One is a 12” Starret combination square and the other is a fixed 6” Groz square. I also purchased a thin plastic drafting triangle for this project and it just so happens to be square to these 2 squares also. All other squares have been thrown out.

I found a Youtube video made by Steve Ramsey WWMM and liked the simple approach to his method. I basically copied his approach but in some areas I substituted my favorite shop tool (2 sided tape) as opposed to waiting for glue to dry. I purchased the large roll of tape from Golf Smith, it is technically used for installing grips on golf clubs. It is very thin, very strong, and comes in a mile-long 2” wide roll for only $11-$12 at the time of purchase. I must also say, that I have become addicted to using this 2 sided tape in every project. I think it contributes to accuracy, repeatability, and safety in a lot of operations.

The sled came out perfect, and with the exception of the MDF base, everything is scrap wood. The Zebrawood and Sapele used are quarter sawn and have been screwed with the intention of being replaceable.

I then proceeded to use my virgin Veritas spokeshave, that had been collecting dust, to make the handle comfortable by relieving areas for my hand, fingers, and thumb. And then, not wanting to be done, I put a thin coat of wax-free shellac on everything. At this point I was flabbergasted that I made something useful, accurate and comfortable that I decided to drink a few beers.

Upon testing the sled, I identified that the 2 sides do add up to making a perfect 90degree miter, but on top of that, when I make 2 cuts from the same side and join them together…. they also make a perfect 90 degree miter. I’m going to attribute this to luck, 2 sided tape, luck, soundness of method, and luck.

-- Jamie McDonald, Buford GA

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#1 posted 08-04-2014 10:21 AM

Jamie you are so right as to the amount of jigs it takes to make an efficent, safe and accurate wood working environment. I too have spent the last year or more making jigs to make the shop projects better and now it is starting to pay off. Sometimes luck works too.

Very nice sled.

Oh and nice selfie too.

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#2 posted 08-04-2014 12:12 PM

Often said “it’s better to be lucky than good”! Looks like you have both.
Nice work!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#3 posted 08-04-2014 01:44 PM

You can sometimes “repair” a square, if it’s not too far out. Here’s a link that describes the process.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#4 posted 08-04-2014 02:12 PM

Fine looking sled with hold downs to boot, good

job Jamie!

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#5 posted 08-04-2014 04:04 PM

great looking miter sled ,got the same one and they work well,gotta love two sided tape. as long as you joint the two cuts made from the sled even if it off a bit it will come out to a 90

Mike thanks for the link

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#6 posted 08-04-2014 04:27 PM

That is a good looking miter sled and it will give you good results for your framing.

David Marks who once has a woodworking show on HGTV had one custom made out of aluminum and discussed the inherent accuracy of this type of miter sled.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#7 posted 08-04-2014 05:09 PM

Accurate and great looking. Beautiful.

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Jamie McDonald

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#8 posted 08-04-2014 05:21 PM

thanks for the kind comments guys… and Mike thanks for the link, it might not be too late to dig them out of the recycling container and breathe new life into them.

-- Jamie McDonald, Buford GA

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#9 posted 08-05-2014 03:08 AM

Very nice, beautiful, and useful jig! I look forward to the day soon when i have a “real” table saw (currently using a shopsmith) to make jigs for.

I would also like to add to Mikes link above; this link is to a picture of a modded framing square into a shop square and can be adjusted to have a perfect angle.

Saw the idea first on a free DVD sent to me by Woodworkwers Guild of America and was thinking of doing that for my crappy HF special I have if for no other reason than the added bonus of having a fatter leg than the other to hook onto the material I’m trying to square. The idea is to use a larger hole than the bolt used in order to adjust as needed. In the video the guys was using 1/4” bolts in 3/8” holes to allow for adjustments.

-- - Nathan H., Iowa

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#10 posted 08-05-2014 09:27 AM

Well done. Should serve you well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 08-05-2014 12:13 PM

I’ve looked on line for the mile-long roll of GolfSmith tape, but can only find the 18-yard or 36-yard rolls. :-)

Are you using the traditional tape or the water activated tape?

This one?

Or this one?


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#12 posted 08-05-2014 02:33 PM

I’ve always used the solvent based tape. I haven’t tried the water based yet. I was certainly exaggerating with the mile long roll, but 36 yards sounds right. Depending on how much woodworking I’m doing the big roll should last at least a year or more.

I ve looked on line for the mile-long roll of GolfSmith tape, but can only find the 18-yard or 36-yard rolls. :-)

Are you using the traditional tape or the water activated tape?

This one?

Or this one?


- Ocelot

-- Jamie McDonald, Buford GA

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#13 posted 08-14-2014 05:53 PM

What an awesome jig, all my jigs are no where near as nice. Thanks for sharing

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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