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Forum topic by Mikeyf56 posted 03-05-2010 02:54 AM 959 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-05-2010 02:54 AM

Hi guys,

I need some help, as usual. For the base of my fern stand, I need to cut triangular pieces that when put together are a square. I have tried twice now, but have only spoiled some nice oak.

The miter fence on my Ridgid TS2400 table saw is ok, but there is nothing (other than my hands) to help me hold the work piece steady against the miter gauge so I get a nice clean and straight line while cutting. And, holding by hand just isn’t working very well, not to mention unsafe.

Am I stuck with having to buy a fancy miter gauge with fence and hold down to get a solution? Or is there a jig I can build?

Thanks in advance,


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#1 posted 03-05-2010 02:58 AM

Mikey, there are several. Put Miter Jig in the search box at the top of the page

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 03-05-2010 04:07 AM

On my Ridgid miter gauge I screwed a piece of wood to the miter gauge so it’s taller and longer then i usually hold the wood or i clamp it to the back rest with Irwin hand clamps. Hope this helps. I can send you pictures if you send me your email address.

-- Sparks

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#3 posted 03-05-2010 04:27 AM

cut a piece of ply wood to fit the top of your saw make runners out of straight grained wood or 1/4 sawn, screw them to the piece of ply lined up in the miters on your saw. screw a fence to the front then to the back tilt the blade to 45 deg. and make a kerf through the base there u have a simple sled for miters just lay the pieces flat on their faces to cut the miters and use a block of wood as a stop to get the pieces the same lenth.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 03-05-2010 06:05 AM

Sparks, I am :

Thanks Gary and Ike too….

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#5 posted 03-06-2010 04:48 AM

Thanks for the help guys, I am going to build me a sled tomorrow.

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#6 posted 03-06-2010 04:06 PM

My favorite sled is the Universal TS Jig from Wood mag. John Nixon (eagle lake) has a good video. I use a digital protractor to set the angles.

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#7 posted 03-06-2010 04:25 PM

One other trick you can use is to cut your 4 triangles a bit oversize. Then glue two pairs together. Now you have two large triangles. Put these on your sled and trim the faces that will be glued together. This will give you two straight faces for a tight joint. Then trim the glue up to size.

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#8 posted 03-07-2010 05:56 PM

Have you considered using a shooting board?

-- David

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