Table saw crosscut sled v. Miter saw

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03-31-2017 05:55 AM

Do you all have any rules of thumb about when you use your crosscut sled v. your miter saw?

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#1 posted 03-31-2017 06:03 AM

Whichever is more handy.

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#2 posted 03-31-2017 06:43 AM

If I’m just breaking down long lumber I use the miter saw. Once I get to the cuts that count I use my sled.

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#3 posted 03-31-2017 11:47 AM

If I can’t make it work on the sled, I use the miter saw.

I don’t even keep a miter saw set up… They’re great outside the shop, and on stuff that’s just too big or bulky to the table saw. Other than that, my 600 pound table saw will kill it every time.

I keep a jigsaw at the lumber rack for rough cuts. I once had a 12” wide 8/4 rough maple board twist during a miter saw rough cut and warp a Forrest Chopmaster. The jigsaw is fast, plenty accurate, and safe, for roughing stock to length that hasn’t been face jointed.

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#4 posted 03-31-2017 01:52 PM

I always use the table saw. When the piece is too long i cut it with a hand saw. I never felt a need for a power miter saw

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#5 posted 03-31-2017 02:26 PM

Accurate cuts = sled. Rough cuts ( in shop) = RAS. Trim moulding & miters for home construction (at jobsite) = miter saw.

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#6 posted 03-31-2017 03:11 PM

Great advice. Thanks all.

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#7 posted 03-31-2017 07:46 PM

My miter saw was one of the first powered pieces I purchased having gone through a couple earlier models where when you cut you took off the table it’s self. My current miter saw is a 12” Craftsman and I’ve used it quite a bit when I’m doing home construction and just a bit on woodworking projects.

I now have a table saw that I use for most of my cuts but this last weekend I dug out the miter saw for a picture frame sort of thing. I didn’t do a very good job on my cuts ending up with pieces a little short but still usable.

Afterwards it occurred to me that I could have seen my marks a lot better if I would have used my Incra miter on the table saw. What a dope I am.

I don’t really have a crosscut miter sled yet, I do have a couple of sleds but none set up to miter, that’s something to build some day

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#8 posted 03-31-2017 08:10 PM

If I m just breaking down long lumber I use the miter saw. Once I get to the cuts that count I use my sled.
- Tabletop

Ditto here too.
My 12in miter saw is set up for sizing my stash of 8/4 and 12/4 X 12ft lumber. After that, it is off to the BS for resawing and then to the TS & sled (as needed).

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#9 posted 03-31-2017 10:58 PM

Do you cabinet builders use the miter saw or the table saw (with a cross cut sled) to cut your face frame and door stiles and rails?

If you do them on the table saw, do you just but them against the fence in the sled or is there a better way?

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#10 posted 03-31-2017 11:05 PM

My table saw isn’t that super accurate. It’s a good one but old and a contractors saw. So, I purchased a good miter saw and put a rip blade in the table saw. It’s good at ripping.

I’ve got a professional sawstop on order. I’ll probably be using the miter saw more for breakdown of long pieces of wood now. I have loved my Bosch miter saw though.

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#11 posted 03-31-2017 11:38 PM

My miter saw is dialed in. I do all my 45s and 90s on it. Perfect every cut. Crosscut and miter sleds take up storage space I don’t have.

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#12 posted 04-01-2017 02:31 AM

I use to use my miter saw for everything. But lately I use my TS for pretty much every thing. I only use my miter saw for angled cuts in trim An stuff like that.

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#13 posted 04-01-2017 05:11 AM

I used my miter saw a lot until I bought a decent table saw, since then my miter saw has been stored under the workbench. I do all rough cuts or construction work with a circular saw, and finished work on the table saw. If I have a lot of crown moulding to do someday, or building a deck, the miter saw will come out again.

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#14 posted 04-01-2017 11:19 AM

If you guys were building face frames and cabinet doors, does it make more sense to use the table saw with a crosscut sled versus a miter saw? Would be making only straight cuts and would primarily be 2” wide maple, poplar, and alder. My table saw has a Biesemeyer fence.

This is starting to seem to me better to do these on a table saw. You are registering on the fence with the edge of the stock as opposed to the long grain if using a miter saw with a stop block.

The only thing that makes me shy away from using a cross cut sled to cut face frame and door material is that I don’t really trust myself to build a perfectly square cross cut sled. LoL.

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#15 posted 04-01-2017 12:08 PM


I have thought about this quite a bit of late, Why some guys only use a table saw with a sled and others use a miter saw. I have been trained and have 3 months until retirement as a field carpenter. I have done a fair amount of trim work. In the field we don’t have a luxury of a real accurate table saw. We need portability. The miter saw gives us accuracy with portability. As with the recent advancement in track saws has given us table saw like accuracy with working with sheet goods. 20 years ago we didn’t have that on site.
So, I use a miter saw and I can get accuracy of a table saw sled. After all the sled needs to be built accurate.
I subscribe to both John Heisz and Mattias Wandel on Youtube. John is a miter saw user and Mattias is not. John
has been in the trade as a carpenter and Mattias has not. I’m not saying one is better than the other, just different.
I think the claim that miter saws are not accurate as a table saw sled is ridiculous. My response is, depends who operating it and where.
And yes I know woodworking is different than carpentry. But, not that different. No rant, just my opinion. Thanks for letting me express it.


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