Miter Sled #2

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Project by Kent Shepherd posted 04-29-2011 04:03 PM 4948 views 38 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 2 years ago I posted my Table Saw Sled that is very versatile. Sometimes a dedicated jig actually works better. In making boxes recently I found I would prefer a smaller sled. In cutting the miters for box sides I would wear myself out using my large table saw sled, although using an my insert for miters I could certainly use it. I also wanted to set up my old Unisaw and leave it instead of using my Steel City and having to change back and forth, so my old sled wouldn’t work anyway.

Here is what I came up with. I used 1/2” baltic birch plywood and some ash left over from another job. And of course, to please my fans, I threw in a little bubinga for the stops! The ash is glued up to create the thicker pieces for the front and back fences. The T-track was routed using my Torque Work Centre. (I know, shameless plug)



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#1 posted 04-29-2011 04:14 PM

you know that without the bubinga it just wouldn’t work… ;)

I like versatility in jigs that can do everything, but the truth of the matter is that it comes with a cost of (usually) time to set those up for different operations and having a dedicated jig/setup always works best for a particular cut/operation. nice to be able to leave it as is.

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#2 posted 04-29-2011 04:20 PM

Beautiful as always, Kent. I’ve been contemplating a similar sled, only on an even smaller scale. I don’t see myself making a box with anything bigger than 6” sides, so I’m going to construct one from a 12” wide piece of BB ply. Who knows, I might get all Shepherd on it and add some exotic hardwoods!

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#3 posted 04-29-2011 04:33 PM

Looks good Kent .But I don’t see a speck of purple heart on it. I know there’s bubinga stops but it just doesn’t have your normal jig bling,how about some wenge trim. Just kidding any jig you make has to be a good one.

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#4 posted 04-29-2011 04:49 PM

Another very good looking jig Kent, can see that it would be a great “need to have” for any of our type, as for the bubinga,,,,, well its a colour breaking match for the jig, Thanks for sharing

-- Next to hunting I love woodwork best,,,,,or is that the other way around????

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#5 posted 04-29-2011 04:56 PM

I agree with Lucio and the others. keep them coming.
thanks for sharing.

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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#6 posted 04-29-2011 05:00 PM

Nicely done! Looks like form meets function. The hold dowens are essential for small parts cutting.
Thanks for sharing it with us.

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#7 posted 04-29-2011 05:24 PM

Mornin’ Kent,

Not too shabby for an old Texas boy (not old in the age sence). That’s just how us Texans talk…..:))
As usual, you’ve done a stellar job on the sled. I’m not into making boxes, but this will really be useful for cutting the 45’s. Nothing I like better than to make things for the shop, especially shop furniture and a jig every now and then…..But my shop is sooo small I don’t think I have room for it….The combination of the woods works for me…....Someday I’ll have a big shop like yours, and will have more room…..Keep up the good work, bud. I always enjoy seeing your craftsman…...A displaced Texan…...:)))

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#8 posted 04-29-2011 06:11 PM

Beautiful little sled Kent. I made one similar but not quite as nice. I may re-do and add the hold down slots.
I am assuming that the slots are recessed at the bottom and the T bolt for the hold down just slips down
the holes at the end of the slots and then into the recess??

Thanks for posting, as always, you are the “King of Jigs”

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#9 posted 04-29-2011 06:20 PM

Gene, you are right about the recess on the bottom. It is routed a little bigger than the slot for the t-bolt head. I originally didn’t drill the holes, but quickly decided it was much easier to get the bolts in from the top. That way you don’t have to remove the bolt from the knob to get it in the jig.


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#10 posted 04-29-2011 06:54 PM

Must be nice to have two good ole saws to play with… COOL…

Nice lil sled… set it once & forget it… always “right on”...

Really a COOL way to go…

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#11 posted 04-29-2011 09:05 PM

A thing of beauty is a joy to behold… and I would beholding to you if you sent it to me… lol
Very simple but effective jig… and I do love jigs..

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#12 posted 04-29-2011 09:45 PM

Nice work. No doubt, always a pleasure to use a jig so beautifully constructed.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#13 posted 04-29-2011 10:08 PM

The hold downs and stops make that a big step above the average sled.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#14 posted 04-30-2011 10:02 AM

very nice sled
well done

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

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#15 posted 05-01-2011 03:41 AM

Nice sled.

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