|Project by DouginVa||posted 01-23-2013 09:16 PM||4986 views||50 times favorited||16 comments|
Miter sleds seem to be popular projects on LJ in recent weeks. I guess I’m no exception. Like the others mine was taken from Woodsmith Shop plans. My first attempt ended in disappointment when I just couldn’t get the 45 fences aligned at 45 degrees. Then an idea came to me. I have a Wixey digital protractor and although the Woodsmith Shop plans didn’t call for this I think it makes life much easier. Build your fence pieces according to the plans and after the rails, blade guard and handles are installed, push the sled through the saw blade till the blade reaches the blade guard. Power down the saw and leave the blade embedded in the fence at full height and place your Wixey protractor along the blade. Zero it out, then spread it open to 135 degrees like in the pic below. Place your fence along side of the protractor and screw it in to place.
I couldn’t take the photograph with the blade up and in place because I added a front fence and that prevented the protractor from fitting in that space. The front fence was another improvement that I made that Woodsmith Shop plans didn’t call for. I also see that others picked up on that and installed a front fence on their sleds too.
Once the fence is secure and locked in at 135 degrees you can screw the fence down from the underside of the sled. Place the protractor on the other side of the blade and repeat the process for the other fence. No fuss, no muss! I had the fences at a perfect 90 degrees to each other and perfect 45 degrees to the blade in a matter of minutes. A ran a test cut on some poplar scrap and had a perfect miter on the very first try.
I started this sled a couple of weeks ago and I have some picture frame moldings that I made that have patiently been waiting their turn to be cut. That’ll be coming up very soon.
-- Just a man with his chisel.........