|Project by WoodSimplyMade||posted 10-18-2010 11:29 PM||2635 views||10 times favorited||4 comments|
This is for all those of you, like me sat around scratching thier heads trying to figure out why miter cuts just wouldnt line up. You set the blade to 45 degrees, you make the cut, you align the box, glue and another wasted effort. At least that was my experience.
I read several posts on all the tips and techniques to get the perfect miter cut and it just wasnt working for me. I have a dedicated sled for my table saw to make cross cuts but didnt want to make an entire sled just for miters, so with a couple of tips and some scraps I’ll show you how I finally got the perfect miter.
To start of I did need a helping hand, but a sled was to involved just for miter cuts, so I cut a piece of 1×2 to length, glued and screwed on a slot guide (this is to ensure the 1×2 cannot move from left to right) and clamped it to my miter guage.
This jig also ensures that the cut off piece is collected and pushed all the way through to ensure it doesnt catch on the blade later and smack you in the face. And I know you all know that happens all to often.
BIGGEST TIP: My biggest tip is to ensure you push your working piece all the way through the blade and remove your working piece before pulling back your jig. This was my biggest flaw as pulling the work piece back can alter the cut made previously.
Hopefully these few tricks might help you get better miters. Let me know if it helps.
-- Mike, Florida, http://www.woodsimplymade.com