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Forum topic by RRGR posted 04-28-2009 06:06 PM 930 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-28-2009 06:06 PM

This is a question of technique. I was looking to make sled for mitered cuts at 45’. I thought it would be difficult to get the blade into the slot at the right level with the blade tilted at the table.

I was going to need the built in zero clearance blade tolerance of a sled because of small parts of boxes that I plan to produce.

Would it be more accurate to set the board at 45’ and keep the blade upright. This would eliminate any problem with too much clearance around the blade.

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#1 posted 04-28-2009 06:11 PM

That’s the way most commercial sleds work

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

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#2 posted 04-29-2009 03:36 AM

I would say it depends on a couple things are you cutting a large area like the corners of a box or are you cutting in picture frame type thickness . If you are cutting it in a sled flat like the corners of a small box you well need to know if your blade is exactly 45 degrees to the table to get precise cuts if you are cutting on edge like a picture frame you need to know your sled is dead on at 45 degrees and that your blade is perfectly 90 degrees. in both cases having a digital gauge to check your test piece and or your blade will make the difference as far as angle goes The zero clearance part has to do with if you have to make an additional cut to Aline your jig after you have made the initial cut for your test cut so your sled is zero clearance. The other part of the equation is if you make your sled large enough to catch the small pieces as there cut so they don’t end up getting caught in the blade. All that sounds pretty confusing but I hope that makes some sense to you.

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