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        Table Saw Sliding Miter Sled            

                      The following is a short discussion and description of a table saw sliding miter sled in its various
                      configurations. Cross-cutting on the table saw very often demands high precision. The miter gauge
                      provided with most table saws can be very limited in its versatility. There is little bearing surface
                      provided for the piece being crosscut, and there is friction created by moving the piece and miter
                      gauge across the table saw top. This friction can often reduce precision with much of your effort
                      concentrated in keeping the piece from sliding left or right and from rocking. A sliding miter sled
                      addresses these issues by providing a secondary surface to which you can rest the piece being
                      crosscut. Once you have locked the piece against the fence of the sliding miter sled, it is left only
                      to move the sliding table past the blade to perform a very accurate crosscut.

                      Below is an overhead view of the sliding miter sled with attached adjustable fence and to the right
                      of the blade a fixed auxiliary table. The auxiliary table serves to keep any offcuts from falling onto
                      the table top and possibly binding the saw blade causing kickback. The sliding miter table and the
                      auxiliary table both have hardwood runners attached which are sized to the length of the table saw
                      miter left and right miter slots, therefore serving to align both sides of the miter sled parallel with the
                      saw blade. Having both the sliding table and auxiliary table in close proximity to the blade also
                      serves as a zero clearance setup for your cuts.

                             Crosscut miter sled

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                                                                                                    Sliding Miter Sled Plan   $8.50