Miter sled

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Project by unrested001 posted 01-03-2013 04:23 AM 2367 views 17 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally built this sled! I found a great wood turners site ( ) that has a walk thru to build this sled and some bowl design tips. So I can’t take credit for the design, just the effort. It features an adjustable angle guide and stop. As well as a removable/adjustable lever actuated self adjusting stock hold down.

The base is 1/2” birch ply with oak rails upper and lower ( some leftovers and some recycled from a tv tray stand ) . The adjustable components are installed with 1/4×20 T-nuts. I found studs with attached wing nuts for the adjustment points after I photographed the sled…no more searching for the screwdriver! The Low Profile Toggle Clamp was on sale for about $18 and well worth it. Not having to worry about flying segments and slipping hold down sticks…priceless.

Now to make some turning blanks!

-- I make lots of dust, everything else is just a byproduct of the dust making process!...Frank,NJ

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#1 posted 01-03-2013 05:34 AM

Good build and a fine design.

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#2 posted 01-03-2013 05:52 AM

Looks great for here!!

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

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#3 posted 01-03-2013 10:08 AM

Cleverly designed jig and a good build.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 01-03-2013 02:19 PM

nice jig, one thing I would change is that I would move the hold down to the other side of the blade so that you are not cutting into the hold down. It looks like the kerf is in line with the hold down.
Good Jig that will serve you sor some time.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#5 posted 01-03-2013 06:06 PM

Thank you all and all comments welcome. @ Grumpymike, it does look like the hold down is in the blades path but it is well clear. For the type of cuts I will be doing I wish to hold the smaller cutoff ( mitered on both ends ) to improve accuracy and save fingers. For longer miters I will add T-nuts on the other side of the blade…when the time is comes.

-- I make lots of dust, everything else is just a byproduct of the dust making process!...Frank,NJ

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#6 posted 01-03-2013 07:09 PM

for safety sake
i would put a taller fence against the back one
(just screw it to the existing back fence)
so your hands doesn’t accidentally grab there to push the sled

it looks like the back rail is almost cut clean thru
if you cut thicker stock sometime
it will part there

otherwise a great sled

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 01-04-2013 01:53 AM

I’m looking for the walkthrough over on the Jaxturners site but just don’t see it..

I like the look of this thing, and would like to build one. I’ve nearly bought a Dubby two or three times. If I don’t build one of these soon, I’ll just fork over the money…

Thanks for posting this.

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#8 posted 01-04-2013 04:38 AM

Man that is sweet!

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#9 posted 01-05-2013 03:47 AM

Good thinking Patron. @ Underdog try this link to the youtube vid
Thanks all.

-- I make lots of dust, everything else is just a byproduct of the dust making process!...Frank,NJ

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#10 posted 01-07-2013 03:10 AM

Nice job on that sled. It will be very safe and useful!!!!!

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

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