hello everyone I'm calling Canet today I'm going to make this miter sled it's perfect for making picture frames or any kind of miter cuts that you want it's handy and it's accurate and if you stick around I'll show you how to make it before I get started today I want to remind you if you haven't already subscribed to my channel I invite you to do that also the details of this build will be in an article on woodwork web the link is in the description box below but I also want to reiterate if you're looking for information on other videos and that go to the search box in woodwork web and put in a keyword or two you can search the entire site you'll be amazed what information you could find quickly and easily let's go over to the table saw and get started let me go over some of the pieces that I've already cut so we save a little bit of time here first of all the base is 24 by 16 this little piece of wood is 12 by 12 it's going to be my measuring board and I have a couple of angle pieces and they're about one and a half by 18 and of course all of this is 3/4 inch then I also have some runners some miter slot runners but this miter slot material you can see that I've already pre-drilled some of these I'm going to countersink all of these and that will make them ready to use now I'm also going to attach the arms with screws I'm going to glue them and screw them but I'm going to countersink those screws and I'll do that right now I'm also going to drill a couple of countersinks into what's going to be my measuring board here so I'll just do that the next thing I want to do is attach my miter slot material and the way I want to do that I want to be able to trim this side of the board off with the blade so what I want to do first of all is I want to make sure that there's enough wood on here that I can trim that off with so the slider miter slot material that I'm going to put on the first strip is going to want to go in there like that so that I will be able to run that through get a nice even line so what I'm going to do now is mark this like that pull my miter slot material out and I want to be able to mark where these holes are so I'm going to put a line there and I'm going to put lines all the way across here you so that line is where my light miter slot material the plaster is going to sit and that aligns with all of the poles that I've already pre-drilled now when I put my miter slot material in you'll notice that it's slightly lower than the top of the table saw so what I want to do I want to raise it just a little bit so I'm going to put some washers in there and that will elevate it and now when I put that in and set that like that and align that little piece of with my 18 gauge Pinner I can actually pin right through the plywood and into the plastic and that's why I want all the stuff to line up because I want to make sure that I get some good pinning right close to where those holes are now when I take this material and put it in the slot here and cut and lift this up here and you'll see in a few minutes why this is so important now I'm going to make a perfectly straight line down this edge that's absolutely parallel with my miter slot you know I was going to put a second slide in here but when I test this one it's nice and firm and snug and there's absolutely no play in it so I'm just going to leave it with one and the only one that was absolutely perfect at 90 degrees this one and that's why I put that mark there okay okay now that we know where that is but we don't know exactly where 45 degrees is now here's some of the the issues this particular square is it actually is 45 degrees it's not 90 degrees but it is 45 degrees because I checked it the other thing you might be tempted to use is a tri square and the tri square will work if you have a good quality one you've paid you know like a hundred dollars or something for a good quality one this one is not one of those this is an inexpensive one and when I check it at the 45 degree it's off by at least a degree so it's not good enough what I'm going to show you today is how you can use your square to get an absolutely perfect 45 degree angle so here we go call him back to his magnets again and what I'm going to do if I can get these apart I'm going to put one magnet under let's say six there and six down here and what I'm going to do I'm going to line up the very tip of number six here with the edge remember we made that edge straight and I'm going to do the same thing down here and all the magnets are doing is just stopping it from moving around on me it just gives me a little bit better a little bit better security from stopping that from moving around so there's the lower one and there's the upper one now if I take this and slide that along and that's what the magnets help me do let's just move that along I can make sure that that double check and double check now the first thing I want to do obviously is cut my angles on each one of these but I have to be careful that I don't put the blade into that screw there if I'd have been a little thinking a little ahead a bit better I would have put that screw back there so there's something you can learn from something I did that might have been a problem so I'm just going to go ahead now and just cut those the next thing I need to do is cut these and remember I had that screw up here and I thought you know what I think that screws too close here so I decided to move it back before I made that kind of just didn't want to hit that screw in there so I started to cut it and then I thought no I could just move that screw back so that's what I did so there's something you could learn from from my mistake there so I'm just gonna go ahead and I'll cut it all the way through this time and that wherever the blades wound all the way up on this one as well okay now I can move that in and actually had lots of room there but you never know now the next thing I want to do I'm going to put some gluten on as you can tell I'm using some I think they were old doors I'm just going to rub some sandpaper on that so that I rough that up because I want to glue that and screw it on both sides and I've already countersunk that so I'm just going to go ahead and do that you you now one of the last things I need to do is make some stopper blocks so that's all those Stoppers look like and they're beveled on one side and flat on the other so you can use them either way whatever whatever works best for you what I've decided to add is a cover and I've drilled a couple holes in a piece of plastic and it's up above the blade so there's lots of room in there okay I have some off cuts here and I'm going to go ahead and we'll see if we can make a picture frame you okay let's see how those line up there you go nice tight corners all the way around that's exactly what we're looking for well and that's what that miter sled looks like and almost looks like a model airplane or something but in fact it's for making picture frames are all sorts of miter cuts and works great and you know if you take your time making sure you get these angles right you'll get perfect corners every time I'm called a cadet for woodwork web thanks for watching you

Make a Miter Sled Jig for the Table Saw – Perfect Miter Cuts Every Time!

50 thoughts on “Make a Miter Sled Jig for the Table Saw – Perfect Miter Cuts Every Time!

  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Going downstairs to make it this morning! Most straightforward process I've seen yet! The way you install your runners one at a time, made me slap my forehead! It seems so obvious once you see it done!

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Colin, after trying the William Ng method and being frustrated (my fault I'm sure) I tried your method to make a mitre sled and I couldn't be happier with the results. I had 60 flat panel doors to make for two kitchens both required mitred joinery (with biscuits). I have made stairs before so I had a set of the two clamps to attach to the framing square. and wow what an easy application to a problem with perfect 90 degree joints. thanks so much for the time you share with us mere mortal woodworkers. Tom. btw I also used the Merle clamps that were recommended by Matt Jackson of Next level carpentry which worked out perfectly. Highly recommend them when mitering.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Is no one going to comment on the mustard bottle full of glue lol. Just thought that was good for a laugh mid video lol

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Damn some common sense. Thanks

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Nice video ! does it works for wide board too? I mean that you don't need to use your sliding miter saw …

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    The most practical and perhaps accurate miter jig I've made! Thank you sir.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Every video I enjoy. Very nice…….Thanks

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    I need to make this asap….Perfect for easy, quick cuts. Thank you for making it so simple Colin!

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    love your videos thanks for all your work and uploading time, but please keep a eye on the audio, the sound track (music part) is quite a lot louder then your voice, actually it's your voice that’s a lot softer then music, so what’s the problem with that, I have to constantly keep my left hand on the volume, im constantly adjusting the volume on your videos, won't stop me viewing them. It’s just a pain that’s all.
    Please this is not a dig in anyway.
    Again thanks for all you efforts.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    stair guages on your square work better than the magnets

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Nice jig Colin from England

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Thank you for sharing this Idea

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    wow, as always you’re a very good teacher and is’t easy to understand for francophone

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Nice jig Colin! Thanks for sharing the video.😎👍JP

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    This is glorious. I have gleaned so much from you over these past few months that my shop is probably starting to look like yours! XD

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    whether you cut all pieces from the same side or from opposite sides, all should fit together correctly. if it fails either test, rebuild the jig. half right will get the job done but mistakes can be made. you only have to build it once anyway (hopefully :>)

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Always have enjoy your videos (for years) and I'm not a troll, but why have the piece hanging over the front of the jig? that seems to me to not support the underside fibers and allow the piece to get tear out on the underside.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Very nice.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Thank you Colin, I was planning to buy a miter saw soon for an upcomming project, now I can hold the purchase a little longer.. 😉 Regards.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    A suggestion on getting the 45 degree angle right. Start with a base that is a rectangle with 90 degree square corners. Install the slot runner so the front edge of the base is 90 degrees to the blade. Cut an upright piece about 4 inches longer than needed and place it in position such that both ends extend off the edges of the base. Attach the end away from the blade to the base with a screw. Swing the upright until both legs of the triangle it forms to the base are equal. Screw it down. You have a right angle triangle on the base with two equal length legs. By definition the corner angles are each 45 degrees. Trim off the center part of the upright with the table saw. Install the second upright using a framing square and measured 90 degrees to the first upright.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    buen trabajo todo un profecional. saludos desde colombia.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Awesome jig Colin. Great explanation too. You covered all the bases and made it very easy to understand and follow. Thanks for all you do.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    What a great gig. Where can I purchase the runners it look like they are a plastic type material?

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    many great ideals

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Very useful tool.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Pretty cool!!!!

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    you are simply the father and grandfather that everyone would like

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    I just love all you videos. You have a great setup w/ talking exactly as needed, no disturbing F music and no table saw noise and you are so friendly and smiling, thank you very much.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    That’s wonderful Colin, definitely one that I will be making. Thank you. Graham 🇬🇧🇬🇧

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    A very handy jig Colin ! Nice job mate !
    Cheers, Bram

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    it's irrelevant if the square in the middle is exactly 45. it will make perfect 90 degree mitres no matter where you put it. the key is to mark one side A and the other side B (and to label your cuts as such), then just be sure your corners always consist of an A and a B cut.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    There are just so many of these designs already on YouTube and very simple to make it be nice to see something unseen before

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Thanks Colin! I’ve looked at dozens of ideas for mitre jigs and some are very complex. This is a nice simple one that will do the job perfectly. Just what I was looking for! 👍👍

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Hi Colin
    I love all these handy tips that you have been giving helps us newer ones get our work looking great first time round with out having to recut things.🤩

    Work safe
    Shaun

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    This kind of sled is very difficult to grasp the angle. Thank you for teaching.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    I'm glad that you do almost everything on camera so is easier for us the apprentices to learn from your vídeos, thanks a lot

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Another brilliant jig that's going into my collection…👍

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Colin: What type of plastic did you use for the runners? Is it that HDPE material I have read about? I have a miniature table saw and the miniature cross cut sleds I have made with conventional wood for runners is just not working well.

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Remind me never to eat hamburgers or hot dogs in your shop. I wouldn't want to grab that mustard bottle!😝

    Keep up the great videos!

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    I really like your design, Colin. Thanks for sharing : )

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Beleza!show!

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Neat aeroplane, I mean mitre jig, mate👍

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Hi Colin, once again a great tip from you.
    Thanks for that.
    Bye Rudi

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Hi Colin, so you don't trust your carpenter's square to be 45 degrees but do rely on the markings on your framing square??

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Very nice and good job. I like that you left the “oh oh” in there, makes me feel better about myself as I do those boo boos constantly when making things. Respect Colin. Thank you

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Might be an unrelated question but I have acquired a mustard bottle that I intend to use for glue like you do. How did you get the mustard smell out of your glue bottle? Did you even concern yourself with the smell?

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Very timely post for me… I was going to build a miter sled with a little different design, but this us much simpler and just as accurate… Thanks Colin!

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Great video Colin, but you have to do something about that dandruff… 😉

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  • July 28, 2019 at 1:11 am
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    Great stuff as always Colin. Thanks for that mate.

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