those of you who have been watching my show for a while will know that a few years ago I made a miter sled for my table saw but I've never been satisfied with that video I think that I didn't do a very good job explaining how to use a miter sled and I think I over complicated the process of building one so this past week I decided to make a new sled because well I've needed one for the past year for my new saw and I just slapped together this one and it worked out perfectly and it was so easy to make that I found myself wondering why didn't I shoot a video of this so what did I do I made a second one so I've got two of these and I shot a video of this one this way to the sled video I'm using 3/4 inch plywood for the base and quarter inch plywood for the runners I'm sanding the edges of this plywood until I get a perfect fit I've cut that runner into two pieces and I'm putting some a stack of pennies in these miter slots just so that it raises it up above the surface of my table saw just a little bit with a little bit of glue on these runners I'll just set them down on those pennies and this will hold it down while the glue dries I've got two strips of plywood that I'm going to glue together hi that glue is partially dried but it's dry enough that I can take this out put some screws in these tracks these are half-inch screws I'm driving in and I can try it out and see if it works yeah it's like really nicely and cut about halfway through the board I've got a 45 degree angle triangle that I'm just going to line up against the blade with the sled in and then just draw a line now I could square up this strip and cut it down to two and a half inches wide I'm gonna glue up one of these trips I don't need to put glue all the way on this end because it's going to get cut off and I'm going to flip it over and line it up on that line I drew I'm getting it as close as I can to that mark but if it's not a hundred percent exact it's okay I'm just going to let that drive somewhat I don't need it to dry all the way just so it doesn't move and I can put some screws in it from the other side now raise my blade back up all the way up so I can cut through this fence I could grab my other fence and I'll make my first cut I've got a framing square and I'm going to line this all up with this fit so I'm not concerned that it matches here as much as the 90-degree angle must be perfect finally I've taken a 2×4 and just cut it down to fit this space rounded it over just to give it a comfortable fit this will also act as a blade guard so when the blade comes through it'll kind of embed in there a little paste wax will keep this sliding smoothly now the beauty of a miter sled is that you'll be able to get perfect picture frame corners every time and it doesn't really matter if either of these fences isn't exactly 45 degrees to the blade as long as this is an exact 90 degree angle if you cut one board on this fence and then it's mating peace on this fence both of those will add up to 90 degrees and have a perfect fit thanks for watching you really should consider making a miter sled it simplifies all of your 45-degree angle needs but wait I've got a second film this week and it's a real artsy one you know it's an artsy film because it's in black and white anyways it shows the miter sled and operation making a picture frame so click on this link this link right here see you later

Make a miter sled for your table saw. Improved version.
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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Great job Steve. I've been looking for a simple miter sled and saw your video this afternoon (6-18-2019). Fortunately I had all of the material in a scrap pile to make one for myself. Should be finished tomorrow sometime. Thanks.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Finally making this today. Once it’s done, I want to add to it to make a compound mitre. That’s when the cursing starts!

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Love it… Now how to I ensure the parts are the exact same length?! This part is killing me since I can't set up stop blocks.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Excellent video! Gonna make me one of these. I will also make a 22.5 degree version for half corners.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    What a manly shirt.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Nice, about to try this now

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    would love to see a sled storage solution… my sleds are piling up everywhere

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    It's a nice video but it's actually wrong that the 45 degree angle doesn't matter as long as the 90 degree angle is right. If you have one angle slightly larger than 45 and one angle slightly smaller you wind up with different lengths for the cut faces. This gets even worse if you have wood with a profile for making a picture frame as the profile shapes won't line up.

    If you need a graphic representation to understand what I'm saying picture a 2×4 with a line at 90 and another at 45 both starting from the same point. The 90 degree line is the shortest path across the wood, the 45 degree line is 1.414 times the 90 degree line. Draw another angled line at any angle you choose that meets the starting point for the 90 and 45. The new line will always be a different length. If you make the angle smaller (further from the 90) the line gets longer and if you make the angle larger (between the 90 and the 45) the line gets shorter.

    Even a relatively small difference adds up pretty quick. In the 2×4 example if your angles were off by a degree one face would be 4.87 inches and the other would be 5.03 which is more than an 8th of an inch. I don't know about anyone else but I'm always trying to make my corners meet up perfectly and starting with 2 faces that are not the same length would frustrate me every time. Even an error of .4 degrees in lining up that first faces means a difference in face lengths of more than a 1/16th on a 3.5" board.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Hi Steve can you send me the plan for this please regard tracy😴

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Hey Steve where do I get the plans for this mitre sled? When I click on the link and go to your page I am told that the plans can't be found.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Gee I wish I could do this!😟

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    I LIKE IT! It looks simple to make…thanks Steve. 👍🏻

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Watched this for the first time when it first came out five years ago and watching it again as today is the day will finally build one!

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Why would one need this if they have a mitre saw?

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Amazingly simple! It works great. Another practical problem solved. Thank You.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Does this works for angle dados?

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Hi sir how did you cut that V notch at middle lumber to fit in at 4:06. Please enlight me i am new to wood working.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    While it’s close enough, it’s not true that you will get perfect 45deg mitres. Again I do want to stress that this is close enough for most. The two sides will actually have different angles that mates into a 90deg. However, if it’s on larger mitres, you will definitely notice the length difference. As well, there is a quintessential need to have orthogonal fences. Thinner pieces will not notice as it will lineup to the bottom. But taller ones may be offset on one side or another.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    I don't know if you'll check this old set of comments, but….
    I have a cheap table saw but have been thinking of making sleds for it; the problem is that the tracks for my miter guide aren't very deep…and the guide has a lip on both sides to keep it in the track. Any thoughts?

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    dumb question but can you use a miter sled to cut 1×6 to 45 degree? I am making a table top and the 45 degree pieces I made with the miter saw aren't matching up perfectly.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Why can't you just glue one plywood over the other but at 45 degrees off center? That would take 5 minutes tops

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Sorry Steve forgot about your mitresled build. I just spent the p.m. going hopelessly wrong using gawd-knows whos plans. Came away with a mitre + gap on outer edge of 1/32 – 1/16 inch – not happy. SO I've started again using your method… I'll let you know…. [BTW – where have you got to? not seen many posts lately]

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Where's the grrripper?!?! Ya makin me noyvous!

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Your awesome! Thanks for taking the time to shoot this!

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Can I use ¾" MDF instead of ply? I am on a tight budget and MDF is half the price of ply.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Very clever method! Thank you very much Steve. Soy un seguidor de tu canal desde Bolivia, un cordial saludo!

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Which make is his table saw, does anyone know?

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    As a retired working carpenter I want to compliment you on having a real wood working shop. Unlike so many videos that show a model of what a work shop should look like. Clean enough to eat your lunch off the floor. I like your demo on the miter sled. Keep it simple, but accurate

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Watching this video, caused me to build one, and one question. Where did you get the music for this video. I love it. Really toe tapping sounds.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Thank you! Excellent video!

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Hi Steve, been watching for a couple years, finally got around to subbing. I like the fact that you're not afraid of the camera, your personality shines through, explain every step clearly & you speak as if we're all in the shop with you, not viewing online. Thanks

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Hey Steve; thanks for the share I really appreciate it, very simple and very accurate!! Thanks again this is v
    ery generous of you. Jim

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    Ha Steve with a beardish thing that's a sight to see! Keep up the good work! I love this channel

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  • June 19, 2019 at 8:42 am
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    As long as you are uncomplaining things, how about making a video about women?

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