|Forum topic by BTimmons||posted 665 days ago||1147 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
665 days ago
Here it is, in all its bare bones glory. I used the quick and easy sled building method described in the most recent issue of Fine Woodworking.
Now here’s where my question comes in. There’s a current project of mine that requires me to cut 45 degree miters to form corners on some oak window cornices. I considered pushing the boards along the surface of the table itself, but there is too much friction for me to keep a long board perpendicular to the blade. Hence the need for a sled.
Would it be extremely detrimental to this sled to cut a second slot at 45 degrees? I’m guessing this would leave a portion of the sled surface floating between the front and rear fences, between where the 90 and 45 cuts are made. Would that weaken the sled beyond all usefulness? I built this one with the 90 degree slot because, well, I need it anyway and I’ll get lots of use from it. But can I get away with using this for two angles? What if I only raise the blade in the center and cut through the rear fence only for the 45 degree slot, leaving the front fence intact? The rear fence is solid maple that’s about an inch and half thick, so it should be more than rigid enough, right?
Oh yeah, forget about building a jig to hold the workpiece at 45 degrees relative to the blade. One of the boards is about 6 feet long, I can’t have that sticking up in the air.
-- Brian in Arlington, TX