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Project by Chase posted 1621 days ago 4782 views 52 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like to do picture frames but doing the miters was a real bear in most cases. I did some reading and found about this basic sled idea. if the triangle piece is accurately 90 deg then even if it isn’t squared at the blade perfectly the two cuts will still add up to 90 thus preventing gaps. All you have to do is keep track of cuts, name them side 1 and 2. as long as every joint has a 1 and 2 you are good to go! if i can get an accurate repeatable way to measure inside the rabbit so i can get repeatable lengths I am set.

Materials are a piece of 16”x36” melamine shelving, 3/4” hardwood square stock, a small scrap of 2”x4” and a few assorted screws. Use countersinks to keep a flush surface, a little paste wax to help smooth out the movement, and finally a coat of varnish on exposed wood to keep the water out. All pretty primitive and cheap, but should be effective. Depending on how well it works out a crosscut sled is in my near future with a similar construction technique.

update now with clamps!

update #2 I took aluminum angles and attached them to the sled where the piece to be cut would go. In the last two pictures a stop block is clamped in place to ensure the length of frame is set. Once you cut the first one and like it just put in piece number two and it will be exactly the same length. This jig should hopefully solve the two problems with mitered frames: 90deg corners, and having repeatable side lengths.

-Chase

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.





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Blair Helgason

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#1 posted 1621 days ago

Nice job, very simple, but solid. I’ll have to make one of these soon.

-- Blair

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SgtSnafu

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#2 posted 1621 days ago

One of these is next on my list too – yours turned out very good.

Thank you for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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Chase

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#3 posted 1621 days ago

Oh thanks for reminding me, I completely forgot the clamps. Shouldn’t take long to put up, will have an additional pic soon.

-Chase

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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SEE

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#4 posted 1621 days ago

THIS is a really useful project. Thanks so much for sharing with us! I’ve made a favorite of your sled and now it’s another thing on my “to do” list.

Thanks again,

Steve

-- Build for the joy of it!

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Chase

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#5 posted 1621 days ago

  • maniacal laugh* may your “TO DO” list never be empty.

-Chase

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#6 posted 1621 days ago

Nice work!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#7 posted 1621 days ago

nice looking jig…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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SignWave

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#8 posted 1621 days ago

That’s a neat idea. It looks like the 2’s and 1’s should be apparent, because they’re always on either the left or the right, respectively.

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Chase

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#9 posted 1621 days ago

Sort of Signwave, you can only cut one piece at a time. So if you make one cut on the right side, then flip that piece over and cut it again on the right side you would need another piece with two right cuts, two pieces with all left cuts. You need to keep track and match opposite cut sides at each joint. Otherwise the might not add up to 90 well.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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richgreer

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#10 posted 1621 days ago

This is a great idea. I know I never thought of it before and I know I’m going to make one. I find myself wondering – is there a way to use this principle and build a jig for cutting the miters for the corners of boxes? I think there is.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 1621 days ago

Nice sled a good build.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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RexMcKinnon

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#12 posted 1621 days ago

Looks effective.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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Jonathan

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#13 posted 1620 days ago

I know you’re trying to figure out a consistent measurement system. What if you added a tape measure/ruler to each side of the sled along the cut line, with “zero” being at the cutline? Then you would just need to account for the rabbet. Would that work?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Chase

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#14 posted 1620 days ago

Jonathan, I was thinking about something along those lines. I would need two tape measures of some sort. If I decided to do a large picture then they would have to be quite long. Everything I think of works only OK in some situations. I really appreciate the suggestion though.

-Chase

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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Chase

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#15 posted 1620 days ago

I agree with you 100% Barry! I was trying to dream up a way to attach extendable 45deg stop blocks. Perhaps after a few uses I will drum up something. I may end up making another one to allow for them.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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