Miter Key Sled

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Project by JoshIndy posted 04-12-2011 05:14 AM 3557 views 14 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am working on a mitered box project that I thought would look great with some paduak miter keys. The problem is that I had never done these keys before, I have never made my own jig/sled before. I and had some scrap wood lying around.
The sled portion of this is red oak. The part that slides on the fence is scrap pine.

Worked well for the first box. Pictures should be posted in the next week or so after finishing touches.

-- People are like tea bags. You find out how strong they are when you put them in hot water. -Eleanor Roosevelt

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#1 posted 04-12-2011 05:30 AM

Nice and easy sled. Looks good. I just finished mine last week using some left over 3/4 Baltic birch. It’s based on a design that was just way to out of my price range.

-- An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin

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#2 posted 04-12-2011 06:30 AM

Very cool jig, I’ve been meaning to make one myself…these pics are definitely helpful, thanks!

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#3 posted 04-12-2011 01:45 PM

That is a real slick jig and it fits right over the fence. That could have a lot of application for other jigs!
Thanks so much for sharing!!

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

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#4 posted 04-12-2011 02:48 PM

clever,i like it better than using the miter slot

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#5 posted 04-12-2011 04:33 PM

I just made one the other day. I like yours better, riding the fence is a great idea. The miter slots went a little wide on the out cut do to me not keeping the jig up against the fence. Thanks for posting.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 04-13-2011 04:13 AM

Thank you for looking, it was a quick project out of scraps that i have a feeling i will use over and over again.

A few improvements or ideas for improvement:
-I need to wax it so it rides a bit smoother
-I need to use the correct blade for a flat bottom cut, i used a combo blade at first and it has the pointy teeth.
-I accidentally made the the portion that rides over the fence too wide by about 1/8 inch. For this first project, i just pushed it against the fence, but i may add a wedge or shim in there to make it ride without possibility for shifting.

-- People are like tea bags. You find out how strong they are when you put them in hot water. -Eleanor Roosevelt

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#7 posted 04-17-2011 09:49 AM

nice design idea

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

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#8 posted 04-17-2011 02:36 PM

That is an interesting and unusual way to do it. I’ve usually seen that method used on tennoning and similar jigs but I suppose it would work ok on this as well. However, I would still prefer the traditional sliding sled used with the table slots because I believe the jig would be more stable and less fragile. It looks like you did a nice job on it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 04-18-2011 04:49 AM

I thought about making the traditional style one, but the tracks of this table saw have these little ‘tabs’ in them for a t-shaped bar on the miter gauge. It is a nightmare to try and make something out of wood to fit in this one.

Until i can afford a nicer table saw, the fence is about the only thing i have to go off of for now. this actually worked out pretty well.

-- People are like tea bags. You find out how strong they are when you put them in hot water. -Eleanor Roosevelt

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