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Steve’s Table Saw Miter Sled

Table Saw Miter Sled – Viewer Built

 

Steve's Table Saw Miter Sled 2A table saw miter sled is one of the most useful table saw accessories that can be made by the woodworker in the workshop. In this woodworking article we will take a look at the table saw miter sled that Steve from Tropical Cairns, Australia built in his well organized woodworking shop.

(Steve learned how to make a sled for by watching and studying our free woodworking video, How to Build a Table Saw Miter Sled. He also accessed our free woodworking plans for the table saw miter sled.)

Notice that Steve is using a very flat plywood as the base for his table saw miter sled. Both the front and rear fences of the miter sled are of straight grained material. This is especially important for the tall fence closest to the woodworker as this section of the table saw sled serves as a cross cut sled. So, it is imperative that this fence is straight across when material is placed along it to be cross cut.

(Based upon the photo it looks like Steve is able to cross cut a board that is 4- 6 inches wide. So, essentially this table saw miter sled design also has the additional capacity of serving as a cross cut sled.)

Steve's Table Saw Miter Sled 1The interior fence system for Steve’s table saw miter sled is comprised of 3/4″ straight grained material that form a balanced 90 degree angle at the saw blade kerf. Theoretically, we want a 45 degree angle to both the left and right sides of the fence. More importantly, we want to ensure miter fence has a perfect right angle so that the sum total of our miter joint equals 90 degrees.

It is also worth noting that Steve has used a sealer for his table saw miter sled. By doing so, Steve who lives in the humid tropics has helped ensure that his miter sled for his 10 inch table saw will remain flat and true.

Note: When using a table saw miter sled for cutting miter joints or making a cross cut, do not be tempted to switch table saw blades.  It is recommended to use the the same type table saw blade as the original blade that was used to cut the sleds zero clearance saw kerf. The zero clearance saw kerf ensures against any wood tear out.

When cutting miter joints what methods do you prefer?

Do you prefer to a miter joint with a miter saw or table saw?

Many woodworkers cut miters with a table saw miter gauge. What is your preference?

 

More Miter Sled Videos:

Mastering the Miter Joint

Let’s Make Spline Miter Joints

Let’s Make Picture Frames with the Tablesaw Miter Sled

Miter Sled Article:

How to Make Perfect Miter Joints

 

Let us know how it your table saw sleds out for you. If you have sled photos that you’d like to share, feel free to contact me.

 

The Apprentice and The Journeyman University


Viewer Built – Drill Press Table for Woodworking

Drill Press Table – Viewer Built

Building a drill press table for woodworking is an excellent idea.  It is a great way to transform a metal drill press into a safe and reliable power tool for the workshop. Simply put, a woodworker will create more drill press projects when the drill press is properly setup with a drill press table and fence.

“The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.”

Marcus Aurelius … 121 – 180 AD, Roman Emperor and Philosopher

 

Drill Press Table 2Bob Melrose, a woodworker and follower of the blog decided to build a drill press table for his woodworking shop after watching the how to woodworking video, Let’s Build a Drill Press Table. Bob did an excellent job. You will notice that Bob’s drill press table has two installed T – tracks for hold down fixtures and jigs. Plus, there is also an adjustable fence for maximum hold down and stop block applications. Bob’s drill press table also includes a removable insert for when a sanding drum is employed. The extended drill press table definitely allows for a maximized work space and it also enhances woodworking safety.

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 Bob, I built a drill press table modeled after the one you made. It has a few differences to fit my needs but the general design is the same. I used 1-⅛” melamine for the table and fence. The fence is just a single piece of 1-⅛ melamine with an Incra track dadoed in extending the entire length. I used cam action clamps to secure the fence. I wanted more travel towards the back and the single fence gives me about 1” more rearward travel. I used the cam clamps because knobs would extend past the fence face and possibly interfere with locating stock against the fence.

For the waste block, I routed out the recess square and made it offset from center.  By doing so, I could rotate the waste blocks to get more uses out of it. I also mounted a small piece of t-track to the back of the fence for storing the stop blocks when not in use. When I need close access to the fence for working on small pieces, I use a clamp saw guide for the fence. That gives me the necessary clearance.
I enjoy your videos and have learned lots. I also made a crosscut sled and a miter sled for my table saw based off of your woodworking videos. My next projects will be the band saw sleds for making wood inlay banding. I really enjoyed those videos. Thanks again

Bob Melrose EMT-P

LumberJocks: Bobmedic

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Whether you decide to build a drill press table or buy one, it’s a good idea. You will work with a greater sense of confidence which makes your woodworking experience much more enjoyable. Keep in mind, building your own drill press table and fence is a great woodworking project for a beginning woodworker as well as for the experienced craftsman.  Enjoy the process.

The Apprentice and The Journeyman University


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