|Forum topic by TheWoodenOyster||posted 12-01-2014 11:24 PM||2858 views||0 times favorited||28 replies|
12-01-2014 11:24 PM
This past week, I made it a goal to replace my old not-so-accurate homemade crosscut sled with a more accurate new homemade one. I finally have the necessity for a perfect 90 as I have started down the dovetailing path. This was my 5th table saw sled, so I had gotten relatively decent at making them, at least I thought I had. I worked and worked and followed all of the steps and directions and I still couldn’t get a perfect 90. I’ve tried all the tricks and adjustments and I have determined that if it isn’t futile, it’s pretty freaking close. I’m ready to end the frustration. I’ve hit that point where my shop time is more important than money, so I am thinking I want to get an Incra, JDS, or Kreg sled or miter gauge. I was thinking about the Incra 5000 sled as it looks pretty spectacular. The Incra 1000HD also looks good, but I figure $100 or so more gets me the 5000 sled instead of just the miter gauge.
What are the big differences between high end prefab sleds and miter gauges?
If the sled is more functional and comfortable, I’ll splurge for it, but if it really presents no advantages over a good miter gauge, I don’t see a reason to get the sled. The reason I ask is because in my 4 years of woodworking I have never used a miter gauge, so I am pretty clueless on how they perform vs sleds. Just so you know, the majority of the work I do is basic furniture building. The largest pieces I cut are probably bed rail type pieces, but that isn’t often. Mostly tables and chairs and the like.
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