A tablesaw sled for mitered boxes
Known for efficiency in his work, Mike Pekovich has built a few iterations of his sled for making mitered boxes. In this video, he shows the progression of sleds he built, and unveils the final version. Or is it?
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A mitered box is a simple thing to make, yet a lot can go wrong if you don’t take the time to set up properly. I’ve fine-tuned my approach over years of teaching, and I have an efficient and accurate way to go about it. At the heart is my miter sled. It secures the stock safely and has a pair of stops that allow me to cut all four sides of a rectangular box without changing the setup. Building it required just a handful of inexpensive hardware.
The sled doesn’t have to be very deep, but it should be wide enough to support the stock through the cut. I bolt the miter gauges to a T-track in the back of the fence instead of screwing them in place, which allows me to slide the fence sideways for a fresh zero-clearance cut after the kerf has been widened…