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Sled With Miter Fence

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 09-04-2011 02:54 AM 2438 views 8 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The other day when I posted my “Lines and Angles” box, several folks requested I post the sled I used to cut the parts.

It’s nothing out of the ordinary. Designed for small-ish work, it is pretty compact. The miter fence attaches to T-nuts on either side of the blade. It can be left in place when cutting short cutoffs against the rear fence, or it can be removed for crosscutting longer pieces.

I was initially a little skeptical about whether the screw-down miter fence would prove to be accurate, but so far it appears to be dead on. I’m still mulling over ideas for a hold-down on the miter fence.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"





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CanadianWoodChuck

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#1 posted 09-04-2011 03:15 AM

Charlie: I like that idea, dual purpose sled, is the mitre guide fixed or adjustable?

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce) http://3dwoodworkingplans.com

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#2 posted 09-04-2011 03:24 AM

Fixed…. strictly for 45’s.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 09-04-2011 03:26 AM

Charlie I am planning on building a crosscut sled soon and I have a dumb question does the cut for the blade go all the way through both sides of the sled?

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#4 posted 09-04-2011 03:26 AM

oh and how do you attach it to the table does it run in the miter slots some how?
Thanks

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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Beginningwoodworker

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#5 posted 09-04-2011 03:27 AM

Charlie, thats a nice sled.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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CharlieM1958

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#6 posted 09-04-2011 03:49 AM

sgtq: Yes, the cut goes all the way through. That is why it is important for the front and back edge to be beefy, because that is what holds it together. And yes, there are tracks on the bottom that run in the miter slots.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 09-04-2011 04:02 AM

Very nice Charlie!!! I like the way you trimmed it out!!! I never have the patience to put those type of finishing touches on my shop made jigs and fixtures.

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#8 posted 09-04-2011 04:30 AM

Nice little sled. I never would have never thought of having a sled for 90 and 45 only, but since they are the 2 most common, why not ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 09-04-2011 04:47 AM

Charlie Very nice job on the sled. When we made a taper jig in a class that I taught we used an anglel gauge to make a cut line on the surface at 30, 60 and 22.5 degrees also.

We did a practice cut before we used a knife to cut our line on the surface. You can do that without any additional modification except the hold down screw points.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 09-04-2011 04:54 AM

Nice sled Charlie.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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CharlieM1958

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#11 posted 09-04-2011 04:55 AM

That’s a good idea, Karson. I really didn’t give too much thought to other angles since nearly everything I do iin box work is a 90 or 45.

I do have a good Osborne miter gauge for other angles.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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PurpLev

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#12 posted 09-04-2011 05:25 AM

very nice looking sled Charlie.

I really should make one myself, but then I won’t have a proper excuse for messing up my miters.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#13 posted 09-04-2011 06:29 AM

looks helpful…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#14 posted 09-04-2011 07:49 AM

I made a small sled for a box joint jig. I was tinking of making it into a crosscut for small pieces, but the slot is way past ‘O’ clearance. I should have seen this first and I would have made it wider so I could flop the it around and make a second slot for narrow ‘0’ clearance and made it big enough to add angles. That was an after thought when I was cutting box joints ;-((

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 09-04-2011 04:42 PM

Oh how i love these… Waiting so long to build mine was one of my biggest shop regrets….lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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