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Project by jeff posted 546 days ago 3995 views 67 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted some of our son’s art work he made framed from when he was in grade school up through high school and she asked if i could make some picture frames and I thought what a great idea…So I came up with this miter sled loosely based off of a Shop Notes build and looking here on LJ for pics and video’s for idea’s…The base is 3/4”,18×22” mdf,runners are red oak glued and screwed to the bottom…The fences are L-shaped,a mix of poplar/red oak with an extension that can be added and attached via hanger bolts and screw down nobs…I included some miter t-tracks with stops for accuracy…Total length of fences are 27” including the extension…Material width that i can cut is about 3”...It took several adjustments and test cuts to get the fences aligned but patience paid off because the miter cuts came out perfect,the stops added repeated accuracy for length…Frames and artwork now hang in the hallway,the wife happy…thx for looking…Jeff

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.





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RockyTopScott

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#1 posted 546 days ago

Nice looking sled, Jeff.

I want to make one of these but struggle with how to get the angled adjusted just right.

From the looks of you miter you are dead on…..how did you get this to be so close? Thanks RTS

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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oakwood

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#2 posted 546 days ago

It looks like you have added a very professional looking sled to your shop. Nice concept with the stop blocks, nice build.

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#3 posted 546 days ago

A beauty sled, great job!!!

I especially like the extensions! Makes it more versatile, yet managable.

What do you use for hold downs???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Mark Davisson

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#4 posted 546 days ago

Ok, that’s just plain pretty.

I, too, would like to know your process for getting the 90 setup just right with exactly 45 on each side.

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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lumberdustjohn

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#5 posted 546 days ago

nice sled.
Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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DouginVa

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#6 posted 546 days ago

I just finished one myself. After making one that I wasn’t happy with I found two tricks to improve the sled and accuracy of the fence placement.

After creating the base and adding the runners and blade guard, push the sled through the blade till the blade reaches the blade guard. Then take a Wixey digital protractor and attach it to your blade (the magnets will hold it there) and open it up to 135 degrees. Line your fence up to the other end of the protractor and secure it in place with a clamp while you screw it down. That made all the difference in the world compared to my first attempt at building one of these.

The other improvement is what you’ve done, add a block to the front of the sled to keep the saw kerf in place. That creates a more stable top.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 546 days ago

That’s a well designed jig and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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Mark Davisson

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#8 posted 546 days ago

DouginVa, I’m still hoping to hear from jeff how he positioned his so accurately, but I also appreciate your feedback.

Did you position each fence (left and right) separately at 135 degrees to the blade, or did you first clamp the two fences together at 90 degrees and then just set one or the other at 135 to the blade?

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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Northwest29

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#9 posted 546 days ago

Great looking sled, almost to pretty too use.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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Dave Dufour

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#10 posted 546 days ago

Nice sled

-- Dave, from Canada, http://simplywoodproducts.ca

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#11 posted 546 days ago

Very nice sled – is the center block (in line w the blade) just there for a solid blade guard or does it have something to do with aligning the fences? I will watch this thread to gain some info on getting the fences set to 45 deg – I tried a frame over Christmas that was an exercise in futility trying to get 4 tight miters. I need one of these for sure (I favorited your project; going to have to hijack it!!)

Tom

-- cut it twice and it's still too short...

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DouginVa

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#12 posted 546 days ago

@ Mark;, you can do it either way. If you choose to use a square to align the second fence just be sure it’s an accurate 90 degrees. I set both of my fences using the Wixey.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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Mark Davisson

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#13 posted 546 days ago

Thanks, DouginVa, for your reply.

It seems to me (but I recognize the person who has actually done it is in a superior position to judge) that it would be much easier to get one accurate 90 degree relationship than to get two accurate 45’s (I have a lot more confidence in my ability to test the accuracy of my 90-degree squares than I do anything I might have that indicates a 45-degree angle). And with the two fences set at 90 degrees – as long as that’s a solid 90 degrees – one fence could be at 134 to the blade while the other was at 136 to the blade, and it really wouldn’t matter as long as the “left” fence is always used for the “left” cut and the “right” fence for the “right” cut.

I’m like Tomoose – I’ve tried so many different things, but they have all resulted in futility trying to get 4 tight miters. An inaccuracy of a tenth of a degree compounded over 8 cuts results in the need for filler, and I hate filler.

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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a1Jim

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#14 posted 546 days ago

Very nice sled,good job.

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#15 posted 545 days ago

nice sled, alot of work went in to this project.but now it’s done

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