Idea Shop 6, Paycheck 14: Cut Corners with a Miter Sled
Like the crosscut sled, a miter sled carries workpieces past the blade when cutting miters. A precisely built sled means you'll spend less time on trial-and-error setups and instead jump right into cutting tight miter joints. The plan for this sled provides a foolproof method for setting up the fences exactly 45° to the blade so every miter comes out perfect.
A groove in the face of each fence accepts a length of aluminum T-track. The slot in T-track traps the head of a bolt or a nut, allowing you to position items along the track before securing the item by tightening a knob or nut. On the miter sled,a stopblock locks into the T-track so you can cut identical-length pieces. A shroud behind the blade cutline protects your hands after completing a cut. Get the free plan for the miter sled here. Purchase the T-track and knobs for the fence here. This check also purchases a random-orbit sander and sanding discs, saving you lots of time and elbow grease when smoothing project surfaces.
Find those items here or read reviews of other models at reviewatool.com. Some consider sanding tedious, but it's a necessary part of woodworking. Learn neat tricks for doing it well, and getting it done quickly here. Find more tips for hand sanding, and when you should stop sanding. And this article explains everything you need to know about sandpaper, sanding accessories, and more, so the job goes smoothly.
Next, with Paycheck 15, Idea Shop 6 starts to clean up.