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Project by steliart posted 02-05-2011 10:30 PM 5491 views 35 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first miter sled was build mostly as a test. It was inspired by David Marks aluminum miter sled.

It’s nothing fancy, has a 9mm (11/32) plywood base, 3/4 marine plywood fences, T-track on each fence for blog stops (for t-track I use aluminum curtain tracks), 2 de-sta-co hold down clamps sitting on two blocks, a center from Swedish pine wood as a blade guard and another piece of the same pine to the other end. The sled is running on two hardwood track bar pieces of oak.

The base is a bit narrow, as that was the left over ply I had at the moment and because I consider it as a test sled I didn’t mind, but it turned out to be so good an accurate that I’m still using it. If I ever need a bigger one I can always build another.

Thanks for visiting
Steli

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





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bvdon

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#1 posted 02-05-2011 10:49 PM

Nice…. and you use aluminum curtain tracks… what? You didn’t want to blow some cash on the blue t-tracks that cost a fortune?

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steliart

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#2 posted 02-05-2011 10:55 PM

They work perfect, check the link, if you can find those they are very inexpensive and hold very strong. Actually the main reason I had to look for alternative tracks is that they don’t have any t-tracks here so I had to import them and it cost double the $ price number but in euros.

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

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#3 posted 02-06-2011 04:12 AM

Nice construction…good job.

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swirt

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#4 posted 02-06-2011 05:17 AM

Very clever. How difficult was it to get both wings square and centered? (any tips for doing it?)

I realize that since you are essentially kerfing the joint, it is not absolutely necessary for the wings to be perfectly centered with the angle.

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steliart

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#5 posted 02-06-2011 08:20 AM

swirt

Centering the wings was strait forward. After deciding how deep I wanted them to be onto the base, I measured and marked equal distances to the left and right side edges of the base, and using a true big metal L square I position its tip to the center line of the base and its edges to my measuring marks on the sides. I used double face tape to hold the L square in position and then attached the mitered wings (fences).

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

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bill merritt

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#6 posted 02-06-2011 08:38 AM

I like this, and would also like the answer to the question above. Good job.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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bigike

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#7 posted 02-07-2011 12:38 AM

cool sled

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swirt

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#8 posted 02-07-2011 04:49 AM

Thanks for the explanation Steli. Clever and makes perfect sense.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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degoose

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#9 posted 02-12-2011 09:56 PM

Simple and effective…

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andysden

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#10 posted 10-15-2011 05:03 AM

I build samll wishing wells out of small 3/4” x 1” these have a radius of of 8 to 12 ” . I will make the finished angle 22.5 degrees. filp it over on other bar and cut the proper size by placing a block at prorper length. There are 8 peices to complete the ring and usually 5 to 8 rings each placed half way to make the walll . At present I am using amitre saw and it is hard to hold the small pieces . I should be faster not to mention
safer Andysden

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 11-09-2011 05:33 AM

I like it. It has all the things I have been thinking of incorporating in such a sled! Great job. It will be a joy to use!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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