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SketchUp of the Dedicated Tablesaw Miter Sled

Tablesaw Miter Sled Plans – SketchUp

Tablesaw Miter Sled - Crosscut Miter sled for table saw

Woodworking plans are great for the woodworker as they help you visualize the material that you need as well as give you the necessary layout.

tablesaw miter sled plansA 3D model of the dedicated tablesaw miter sled for the table saw is now available as a free download. It can be downloaded at this link. Google offers free accounts if you do not already have an existing account. This woodworking plan is great for the woodworker as it helps you visualize the material that you need as well as give you the necessary layout.

Keep in mind that the tablesaw miter sled dimensions and the layout of the runners may vary for your table saw. Also, use the available materials that you have and customize the miter sled to your needs. You’ll find that building the tablesaw miter sled is an easy process that can greatly enhance your woodworking skills as well as give you greater control and accuracy when creating your wood projects. Having the miter sled available in you woodworking shop can and will help you to take your skills to a higher level.

Video #6…Building a Dedicated Miter Sled and Video #7…Mastering the Miter Joint will help walk you through the processes of building and using the tablesaw miter sled.

More Miter Sled Videos:

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 me know how it works out for you. If you have sled photos that you’d like to share, feel free to  contact me.

Miter Saws


The Apprentice and The Journeyman University

A Woodworking Drill Press Table

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Drill Press Table for Woodworking

The drill press is one of the great woodworking power tools for a woodworker to have in the woodworking shop. However, the small metal table that often comes with this tool is rather limiting for woodworking. So, the answer to this limitation is to either buy a drill press table or build a shop made drill press table. If you choose to purchase a drill press table you could have it that very day if you have a woodworking store close by. Then again you could find a drill press table that you like online or in a mail order catalog and have it delivered in a week or so. Prices for the drill press table will vary, but you can probably expect to pay $100 for the basic table and then shipping. Hardware can also cost you extra. In this article we will learn how to make a drill press table for woodworking.

The other alternative a craftsman has is to build his own drill press table. What are the advantages of building your own drill press table? 1.) Obviously, you can save money. 2.) You can save time. 3.) You have the pride of using your skills and your own woodworking tools to create a table equally if not better than a store bought model. Plus, you can be enjoying the drill press and its new table within a few hours . It’s a good woodworking project and one you’ll be proud that you made with your own hands.

Drill Press Table 016The nice thing about making your own table is that you can customize it to your drill press model and to your own personal needs. You can use scrap material for the project that you have in the shop. There is not much material required for this project. However, you’ll want material for the table that is flat and durable and for the fence you’ll want straight material. In my case I had 1/2″ Baltic birch plywood available in the shop and that is what I chose.

My drill press table dimensions are 1″ x 18″ x 24″. I laminated the 1/2″ Baltic birch for the 1″ thickness to attain better rigidity. The table has two 3/4″ x 3/8″ x 18″ dadoes to accept universal T Track. On my table both tracks are centered 6″ from the center of the table. These tracks work well and they accept 5/16″ T bolts, 1/4″ T bolts, and 1/4″ hex bolts. The mounting holes of the track are pre-drilled and countersunk 4″ on center.

Here’s how to attach the new table to the existing drill press table. Take a ripping of hardwood that is 3/4″ x 2″ x 19″ and create a 3/8″ x 3/8″ rabbet along its length. Cut the ripping in half so the length is about 8 1/2″.

Drill Press Table 014These two lengths will be used under the new table to secure it to the existing table. The rabbets of each block will allow for the new table to slide along and under the existing table. Then when the new table is positioned to your liking through bolts and threaded star knobs will secure the new table to the existing. Note: The heads of these bolts are countersunk into the surface of the table and the threaded star knobs are tightened below the table. Also, notice the 3/4″ x 1″ x 22″ stiff back in front of the metal table. This helps to keep the new table flat as well as position the new table against the existing metal table.

For the fence I used two layers of 1/2″ Baltic birch plywood laminated together. The actual fence is 1″ x 2 1/2″ x 24″. There is also a 3/4″ x 3/8″ x 24″ dado to accept a T track that is centered at 1 3/8′” from the fence’s bottom.

Drill Press Table 012In order to strengthen, straighten, and and keep the fence square to the table I added triangular 3/4″ plywood gussets to two 3/4″ x 3″ x 9 1/4″ rear bases. Keep these rear bases flush with the ends of the fence in order to allow for a 5 1/2″ clearance of the drill press post. This will allow the fence to travel deeper on the table giving you more adjustment area when needed. Note: The bottom of the fence has a 1/8″ x 1/8″ rabbet along its length to allow for wood chips and debris clearance.

You’ll be ready to put your new drill press table to good use once it is completed and you’ll find much more versatility with your drill press than you previously had. Moreover, clamping objects to the drill press table will be much easier and safer than before because you can now simply adjust and tighten your hold down clamps.
If you have any thoughts, questions, or insights…let me know. If you have any photos of your drill press table that you’d like to share…feel free to contact me.

Recommended Video:

Let’s Build a Drill Press Table

The Apprentice and The Journeyman University

How to install Wood Inlay Bandings

How to Install Decorative Wood Inlay Bandings

Decorative Wood Inlay Bandings on a picture frameThis woodworking video offers a tutorial of how to install decorative wood inlay bandings into the face of a mahogany picture frame. The workshop made wood inlay bandings are comprised of maple, walnut, and cherry veneers.

Note: The woodworker in this video demonstrates a highly effective and accurate method of installing wood inlay bandings into picture frames. The craftsman uses a shop made miter box along with a dovetail saw to cut the miter joints of the bandings by hand. The sanding and fitting of the wood inlay bandings is performed with a large sanding block that has a sanding belt from a belt sander. Once the the wood inlay is fit, it is then glued in place. When the glue sets, the picture frame is sent through an open drum sander so that the bandings and the face of the picture frames are leveled with one another. As you will see in the later wood inlay videos, the woodworker cuts the miters of the wood inlay bandings on the band saw using a band saw miter sled.

Picture frames with decorative wood inlay bandings

You know how it is when you have a special photo of family or friends and you want to have an equally special frame for it. We as woodworkers have a tremendous advantage because we can create the picture frame to match the occasion. Also, we can select the woods that we want to set the mood for the picture as well as create the style that we want for the picture frame. On top of that we can even embellish our woodworking project with a custom made wood inlay banding if we choose. A custom wood inlay just takes a little thought, desire, and patience. The end result to create wood inlay bandings with wonderful designs. It is within the reach of all of us.

Recommended Video:

Creating bandings for wood inlay

How to install Wood Inlay

Learn How to Make Wood Inlay Bandings

Let’s Install Wood Inlay Bandings

Making Wood Inlay on the Bandsaw

Ripping Thin Strips of Wood Inlay on the Band Saw

Wood Inlay Banding – How to Make Barber Pole Banding

Wood Inlay…the Bandings are ready

More information about Wood Inlay

The Apprentice and The Journeyman University

The Splined Miter Joint

How to Make a Splined Miter Joint

Splined mitre joint jig used on the table sawThe woodworking video shows how to make a splined miter joint on the table saw using a splined miter jig that is made in the woodworking shop. The jig for the table saw is easy to make and yet very accurate when cutting miter joints that include a spline. Notice how the plywood miter jig is slid along the surface of the table while sliding also against the table saw fence. Also, an 8 inch dado blade is used to cut the slot for the spline while a clamp secures the picture frame to the miter jig.

Walnut spline miter joints for a mahogany picture frame.The Splined Miter Joint is a decorative yet very strong joint. The addition of the spline and glue makes a regular miter joint all the more stronger while aiding in keeping the miter joint nice and tight. By using a wood spline that is of a contrasting wood, the woodworker can achieve a very distinctive appearance at the miter corners. This is why it is a favorite woodworking joint used when making a picture frame. (This joinery was cut on the table saw with the aid of a sliding woodworking jig. The splined miter joint can also be cut on the router table as well.)


Walnut splined mitre joint in a mahogany picture frameNote: The grain of the wood spline needs to be in the slot at a right angle to the miter joint when glued in order to give the splined miter joint its full strength.





 Recommended Videos:

Let’s Make Splined Miter Joints

Let’s Make Picture Frames with the Dedicated Miter Sled


How to Make Perfect Miter Joints

The Apprentice and The Journeyman University

Mastering the Miter Joint

How to Make a Miter Joint

Perfect Miter Joint made with a table saw miter sledA miter joint is one of the most common wood joints. This woodworking tutorial features a woodworking video on cutting a perfect miter joint. If you’ve done carpentry or woodworking there probably was a time or two that the fitting of a  miter joint was a challenge. Maybe you have been cutting miter joints using a miter saw. This video shows a better way of how the miter joint can be cut. It  fits with great accuracy and is done safely. It can be performed with ease every single time by employing the table saw miter sled. The woodworking technique is predictable and duplicatable. Watch the video and learn how to make a great miter joint.

What if you could take your wood projects to another level? Now you can. You can feel comfortable cutting one miter or hundreds of miter joints as the table saw miter sled method ensures accuracy and efficiency. Simply follow the techniques used in the woodworking video. As you will see, all four of the miter cuts line up the way they are supposed to. A woodworker can cut perfect miter joints every single time using this woodworking system.

Note: Prior to the demonstration of building the picture frame a new Woodworker II saw blade was installed on the tablesaw. A Wixey digital angle gauge was used to calibrate the saw blade to ensure it would be set at 90 degrees to the table saw bed. This is a must to achieve the correct miter angles.

Perfect Miter Joint secured with an Ulmia spring pinch clamp - Miter Joint ClampsNotice how the Ulmia spring pinch clamps were used to hold the miters together during glue up. These miter joint clamps are invaluable as they provide adequate pressure to hold the miter joint. Simply find a place on your woodworking bench, glue and align the joints, and open and close the Ulmia pinch clamps. It saves time and it’s that easy. (You’ll love these pinch clamps. I highly recommend them as they hold the miter joint tight while the glue sets. You’ll be glad to have them.)

Recommended Video:
Let’s Make Spline Miter Joints

Let’s Make Picture Frames with the Dedicated Miter Sled


How to Make Perfect Miter Joints

The Apprentice and The Journeyman University

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