Keyed Miter Sled

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Project by Kevin Depies posted 08-02-2009 10:09 PM 3908 views 18 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I thought I’d post a shop project. It just a table saw sled that holds pieces on an angle to cut the slot for a keyed miter joint. Simple, but effective. I could run a dado blade through it as well, but just haven’t needed to yet. For the project shown in the pictures, I just clamped a block inside the cradle to use as a stop, made all 8 cuts, then moved the stop over a bit and made the 8 cuts again to widen them.

Yeah, my shop was a real mess when I took these photos. Its better now :)

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#1 posted 08-02-2009 10:30 PM

Nice Jig!

I like the double miter slides.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 08-02-2009 10:42 PM

That’s works just fine. And the project looked good, too.

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#3 posted 08-02-2009 10:43 PM

Mine runs parallel to the blade and over the fence but I think I like this one better.

-- Gary, Florida.

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Kevin Depies

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#4 posted 08-02-2009 10:52 PM

Thanks guys.

Barry – the project kind of went on the back burner because I screwed it up a bit by over-sanding with a belt sander. It discouraged me from working on it, but I’m sure I’ll get back to it and figure something out.

Gary – Hmm, I’d like to see that. It sounds like it might be better for something like a picture frame. If I wanted to run something like that with mine, I’d probably need to devise something that would keep it held straight up. Right now mine is really only good for boxes.

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#5 posted 08-02-2009 11:05 PM

nice work. on the box too!

what are the cross hatches on the front for?

also, what sort of blade do use for this sort of thing – flat top/rip or atb…?

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#6 posted 08-02-2009 11:16 PM

Kevin for picture frames I just use a piece of ply with two cleats glue at 90Degrees and clamp the frame to it and push the ply against the rip fence.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#7 posted 08-02-2009 11:47 PM

I am about to make a batch of serving trays like this as gifts. Just yesterday I decided that I better replace the rickety old jig that I had been using for cutting the miter key slots. Since the trays are narrow, like a picture frame, this is what I built.
Miter Key Jig

I am limited to 1” depth of the cut, but that is fine for my use.

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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#8 posted 08-03-2009 01:10 AM

Aaron – The hashes are just a reminder to me, and anyone else who might use this not to grab the jig where the blade exits out the back. I’d like to think I’m smart enough not to need that, but we all can get in a zone when making repetitive cuts, so it doesn’t hurt.

Larry, Chuck – Ahhh, I see. Well maybe I’ll have to make something like that at some point as well. Nice jig Chuck!

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#9 posted 08-03-2009 01:12 AM

Great idea to mark the “No Hands” area at back edge of jig… could catch yourself by surprise if you get distracted. I like that you labeled it—very smart.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#10 posted 08-03-2009 02:02 AM

Great little jig. A must for any shop.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#11 posted 08-03-2009 02:27 AM

Great jig for boxes! I was going to make one that fits over the fence this week, but I think I’ll make one like yours instead.

Thanks for the post.


-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#12 posted 08-03-2009 02:41 AM

Great looking jig…well done !!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#13 posted 08-03-2009 02:43 AM

cool jigs well done

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#14 posted 08-03-2009 04:00 AM

Nice sled.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#15 posted 08-03-2009 03:16 PM

Really nice jig. Looks like it will make many a spline. I too like the attention to safety with the “off limits” area. Should you ever look for increased safey you could box in that area to contain the blade in the box as many have done with their cutoff sleds.

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