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    The ultimate accurate miter sled for a table saw?

    I have been struggling trying to make perfect 45º miters on the corners of some boxes.

    My oldest son's FIL gave me the walnut a couple years ago and it's been sitting in my shop. I began trying to make some keepsake/jewelry boxes from the wood for my DIL and her mother a month or more ago. The FIL passed away last week. The project has taken on a new urgency.

    Unfortunately I haven't been able to get the desired results for the corners. The corners are to be triple splined, 45º miter joints.

    Any photos or plans for a miter sled for my tables saw would be appreciated!

    Thanks!
    Ken
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    Ken, it's not a sled, but I've never had a problem getting dead-on perfect 45 degree miter cuts with my Incra miter gauge. I've got the 1000 SE, but I'd bet the others are as accurate. I put a BB ply sacrificial fence on mine so the cut is well-supported, but other than that, I've done nothing to adjust or tune it.
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    This is plan for a miter sled from WoodSmith. It sure looks like it'll do the job. Like Vaughn, I use my Incra 1000SE for some miters. I also use my miter saw successfully after ensuring it's dead on.
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    Another vote for the Incra SE 1000, since I got mine, I'm always confident of cutting any angle I want.

    I think that the Regular 1000 would be just as good as the 1000SE, I seldom use the flip stop.

    Still for $160 it was money well spent on the 1000SE.

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    the first question i have fitz is how high are you trying to mitre?that would determine the way you cut them.. the sled that bill linked to will only give you a little of 2" of hieght after you take out the ply thickness and the amount of cut you have on your table saw.. so a 4" tall box wouldnt get cut ...?
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    I've got the Jessem Miter, which I don't think is made anymore, but it's dead on. They made good products, but their support lacks. If I was to get another, Incra would be on my list.

    Second thing I'd look at is a Wixey (http://www.amazon.com/Wixey-WR300-Di.../dp/B001PTGBRQ) to make sure the blade is at an accurate angle.
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    Larry,

    The sides of the boxes are 2 1/2" tall. That pretty well pushes the use of a sled out the door.

    I have a new Tiltbox II tilt gauge and cut the last one with my tablesaw. I wasn't happy with the results.

    I do have a 45º chamfer bit for my router. I may try that with my new router and router table I built this spring.
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    I've had really good luck with the chamfer bit on the router, well actually it was a lock miter, but similar. I even did all the top edges of the box, was only 1/2" stock. Don't have a lot of pics, but originally used it on this humidor.

    https://plus.google.com/photos/11843...873?banner=pwa

    Sounds like your stock may be a bit thicker though.
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    Darren,

    My 45º chamfer bit will cut considerably more than 1/2 thick material but the boxes I am building only use 5/8" thick material.

    I need to mow and trim the lawn but later this afternoon I may mill some scraps and make a test run with the chamfer bit.
    Last edited by Ken Fitzgerald; 10-05-2013 at 05:11 PM.
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    I have the Incra 1000HD. Paid less than $160 (Amazon) for it and love it. Went on Vaughn's advice. I was building an oak corner cabinet and the miters all fit great. I need to try some small boxes with miter corners.
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