Miter Key Sled

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Project by FaTToaD posted 07-06-2010 09:36 PM 6079 views 57 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have become a big fan of boxes with miter keys/splines, and since I got a new table saw, I thought I would go ahead and build myself a nice miter key sled. With my old tablesaw I used a small jig made out of a couple 2×4’s that slide alongside the fence. This didn’t allow me to to make cuts more than an inch from the top edge of a box. With this sled, I can make cuts anywhere I want, plus it’s much safer than my old jig.

The sled is made from 3/4” ply with a few pieces of 2×4 cut at 45 degrees for support. The two support pieces near where the blade exits are painted read to remind me to keep my hands out of that area. After I made the first cut through the jig, I drew a line to the top of the jig to help me line up the cuts. Also, there are a couple hooks on the back that allow me to hang it off my table saw storage box, which I will be posting pictures of soon.

Thanks for looking!

-- David

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#1 posted 07-06-2010 09:49 PM

great jig
thanks, I’m gona favorite this one

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#2 posted 07-07-2010 12:28 AM

Nice, clean design.

-- Roger Gaborski,

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#3 posted 07-07-2010 01:56 AM

Very efficient design.

Good job.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#4 posted 07-07-2010 04:31 AM

I like the way that it rides in both miter slots. Should be very acurate and repeatable.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#5 posted 07-07-2010 05:18 AM

Good clean jig, nice job!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#6 posted 07-07-2010 05:52 AM

Cool sled good job

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 07-07-2010 06:24 AM

It’s a real nice sled. Are the guide rails made of wood as well, I couldn’t quite tell.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#8 posted 07-07-2010 06:48 AM

Hello nieghbor! Thanks for showing your jig. This is something I have to make in the near future. How do you hold down your box when sawing?

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#9 posted 07-07-2010 11:08 AM

Nice Sled! Going into Favorites for sure. Thanks for Posting.

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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#10 posted 07-07-2010 11:31 AM

Your sled looks really solid David. I especially like your safety idea on the saw exit area and also the width of the jig. Do you clamp a stop on it or just freehand the position for a cut?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 07-07-2010 11:41 AM

Great jig! I need to make one soon.

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

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#12 posted 07-07-2010 02:50 PM

Cool looking miter key jig you have there. Well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#13 posted 07-28-2010 03:39 AM

Very cool. I also have done a couple of small boxes just like this. I hope you don’‘t mind if I copy your design. Great job.

-- The safest place to be is within the will of God. God Bless. Michael

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#14 posted 08-01-2010 12:11 PM

Nice sled, clean and simple.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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