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    Hi All, I recently had a post asking about the Excalibur EB3 Mitre Gague. The overall opinion was that a sled is the best way to go. So, has anybody got any opinions or experience of the New Incra Miter Express Sled?

    Thanks

    Ron
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    Re: Mitre Sled

    Many of us just build our own and either make the angle adjustable or make multiple sleds. Here's one that's simple and easy to build, photo courtesy of Fine Woodworking :

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      Hi John, thanks for the post, I have 2 shop made sleds both for bigger projects/panels etc. I was looking for a smaller one for making very accurate cuts while making picture frames.

      Ron

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        Re: Mitre Sled

        Originally posted by Ron Gillatt View Post
        Hi John, thanks for the post, I have 2 shop made sleds both for bigger projects/panels etc. I was looking for a smaller one for making very accurate cuts while making picture frames.

        Ron
        Ahh I see. So, I went to the web and had a look at this sled that you have referenced. It looks pretty nice, but no matter how fancy it is it's only as accurate as the setup. In my opinion, which is usually not worth too much (no one ever sends me royalties...) I would say that a home made sled, set up as carefully as the Incra, will do the same job. After all, once it's set up it's only job is to push wood thru' the blade.

        cheers

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          Re: Mitre Sled

          Very True John, I appreciate you input.

          Ron

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            Re: Mitre Sled

            just build one, lots of instructions on the net.

            i use uhmw strips for the guides in the mitre slots and scraps of plywood
            my shop is a beaver lodge
            steve, sarnia, ont



            1940's Beaver Jointer

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              Thanks Steve, I have watched the 'Wood Whisperer' but I am a hands on learner - I need to be shown how to do something and then attempt to copy it! If I go wrong, I need that pointing out there and then and correct the mistakes.

              Very nice of you to advise me.

              Thanks

              Ron

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              • #8

                Re: Mitre Sled

                Here you go Ron --
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                Here I adapted to do some small 22.5 cuts.

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                  Hi Wally,
                  That is very nice of you to send me this. I will download it from my PC tomorrow (I am reading off my phone just now) and I will try to make it !!!

                  I am very grateful to you, I will keep you informed of my progress!

                  Regards

                  Ron

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                  • #10

                    Re: Mitre Sled

                    The benefit of the commercial mitre sled is the ability to set a variety of very accurate angles.

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                      Re: Mitre Sled

                      Thanks Glenn,
                      That is probably the way I will go.

                      Ron

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                      • #12

                        Re: Mitre Sled

                        Here's another real simple adjustable one that you might want to play with. I don't know who's it is but it is from someone here long ago.

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                          Re: Mitre Sled

                          Originally posted by Wally in Calgary View Post
                          Here's another real simple adjustable one that you might want to play with. I don't know who's it is but it is from someone here long ago.

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                          Combined with one of these it would be deadly accurate.

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                          Cheers
                          Randy

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                            Re: Mitre Sled

                            Originally posted by Wally in Calgary View Post
                            Here's another real simple adjustable one that you might want to play with. I don't know who's it is but it is from someone here long ago.
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                            Wally, thank you so much for posting that picture. I'm working on a project that requires a bunch of really precise and repeatable angle cuts, and this sled will be just the ticket. I picked up a piece of 1/2" baltic birch for the base today, and this was the result...

                            I used a piece of steel angle for the fence base, and added a replaceable face.
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                            With the 0 (90) Deg stop, I can stand it up on my saw and zero out my digital angle gauge.
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                            I was able to get bang on 45 deg with minimal fiddling.
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                            and it can go almost to 67 deg. It looks like the steel is going to interfere with the blade in this picture, but there is about 1/4" clearance at all angles the fence is set at.
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                            Last edited by woodhack1; 05-22-2017, 08:47 PM.

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                              Re: Mitre Sled

                              You're welcome -- I tend to keep pics for years and they sometimes come in handy.

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