Miter Sled

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Project by Robsshop posted 1557 days ago 5036 views 68 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a miter sled I put together a couple Years ago when I was building a mitered framed top for a toybox. With the length of the mitered rails and desire for accurate and splinter free cuts , I decided it was a good time to build another shop made fixture. The sled is pretty straight forward, constructed with stable materials (MDF / Aluminum angle) for hopefully years of accurate mitering. Also for accuracy I installed toggle clamps which come in handy for most cuts and keeps things put. I used hardwood runners with adjustable set screws. I installed a removable Lexon shield to keep things safe and fashioned a simple push handle out of scrap. The end results produce desirable miters after years of operation and is a welcomed addition to the shop. If You are thinking of putting one together, I think it’s well worth the effort !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#1 posted 1557 days ago

Wow that’s very heavy duty looks good.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1557 days ago

What method did you use to insure the two 45’s come together at a true 90 degrees?

I kinda “threw” one together, when I needed it quick, and although it’s pretty close, I have to shim the heel of the last piece with two business cards to get it dead on. When I get time, I plan on building another, and was just wondering what’s the best way to get as close to a true 45 as possible.

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#3 posted 1557 days ago

This is 10 times better than the one I did… If only you posted this earlier….lol

Very nice looking jig Rob. I would love to have one as fancy as that sitting on my saw.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 1556 days ago

The aluminum keeps the sled light weight yet very durable.
I really like the clamp down feature.
Very good idea. Thanks for sharing.

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Monty Queen

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#5 posted 1556 days ago

Awesome job on the miter fence. Looks great.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#6 posted 1556 days ago

Great looking jig that should be as servicable as they get.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 1556 days ago

All the comments are greatly appreciated Guys ! Dan,sorry for the delay in posting , I was busy looking at a spline jig that is of considerable interest (Maveric777) LOL !!!

NTRookie,I started with the basics,making sure the saw blade/rip fence alignment was true and then cut the base square.Installing the guide rails next with base aligned with fence,next making the initial cut into the base in which a true 45 can now be achieved. I have found that large drafting squares (2) work best(clear plastic kind). Raising the blade to full height and placing one square flat on base against saw blade with double face tape at 90. Now place 2cd square creating a true 45 in which You can now align the miter rails with. I glued and pin nailed mine in place. Then cut and glued a true 90 block between the rails that are( for now) butted at a 90*miter . When glue has dried and You have checked Your accuracy, finish the cut thru the rails stopping at the angle block. I also have found that it is best to use stable material (MDF,plywood,plastics)to make Your test cuts when checking it’s accuracy. Take Your time,measure and recheck as you go thru the process ! I hope this has helped and if any more questions arise,shoot me message and I will try to help if I can. Most of all stay safe !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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Kent Shepherd

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#8 posted 1556 days ago

Great looking sled. I like the metal fence.

Nice job

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#9 posted 1555 days ago

Hey Robsshop! Greetings from SA. This is something I can do with. Nice tidy job man! Swop you for a couple cam clamps! Let me know how you go with the clamps. I made the jaws on my larger clamps in 3 pieces, that is 2 facepieces with central spacer blocks. That way it is easy to get a tight fit on the shaft which is quite important. If the fit is too tight later, its easy to scrape or sand the shaft a little to ease things up.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#10 posted 1550 days ago

Thats some serious sled. Well engineered. Should last you years


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#11 posted 1541 days ago

Excellent job on the sled : )

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#12 posted 1288 days ago

very nice sled

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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