I've been trying to figure out how to setup a table saw for cutting
the sides of a small box that has the grain matched on 3 sides. If I
didn't care about the grain then I'd use stop blocks on the rip fence
or for more accuracy a crosscut sled and just cut the front/back then
the two sides. But when matching the grain I would need to cut a long
side (8"), then a short side (3") etc. Anyone have a good trick for
setting this up without using two crosscut sleds? I suppose I could
use two stop blocks attached to the rip fence (on the right of the
blade) and run the miter gauge on the left of the blade, but it may
not be accurate enough. Any other suggestions would be appreciated.
With a tuned saw, set to a verified 45 degree tilt...
1.) Make sure the edges of the stock are perfectly parallel.
2.) Cut out the front without stop blocks on the sled. Do this by
cutting one miter, then flipping the board and cutting the other.
3.) Re-cut the front miter on each end part. Before you do this the
miter will go the wrong way.
4.) Install stop blocks and cut the rear miter on each end part.
5.) Use the completed front to set your stop blocks to cut the back.
1. Cut a scrap block equal to the DIFFERENCE between the long side
and short side.
2. Set the stop on your saw for the length of the long side.
3. Cut the long side.
4. Put your scrap block between the stop and your board to be cut.
5. Cut the short side.
6. Repeat steps 3 through 5 for the second long and second short
"In theory, theory and practice are the same, but in practice they are
Well, before you start straining to set up the table saw, do you have
either a radial arm saw or a sliding compound miter saw? What you're
trying to do is _real_ easy on an RAS and should be about the same on
Thanks for all the suggestions. I hadn't thought of the sled with two
stops so I think I'll try that. With stop blocks on the rip fence you
risk the piece moving after passing the stop blocks. I bought a gauge
to set he blade at 45 degrees so with that setup I think I can get an
I have a bootstrap shop - no bandsaw, no miter saw, no radial arm saw
- so the four sided match and some other suggestions aren't easy for
me. The table saw is a old Rockwell saw handed down from my dad -
probably 25 years old by now. It works very well though.
Now, time to make the crosscut sled...
If you don't want to stop to build a sled just yet, you can just
attach a good straight board to your miter gage.
The Optimist says the glass is half full.
The Pessimist says the glass is half empty.
The Accountant says the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.
That'll probably work, but I'd encourage
making that sled.
I went for a while not even knowing what
one was, then went for a while longer
trying to figure out how to make a
"perfect" sled. In the end, I cobbled
something together and kicked myself for
waiting so long to have one. I use it
most days, and curse it cause it's too
big, too heavy, too awkward to store in
a small shop and still couldn't imagine
being in any shop without one.
Use a compound miter saw. Keep a stop block on one side, and swivel
the saw back and forth - it works fine for me.... keep the inside of
the box facing you shen you cut.
you can use a second stop block set against the first for the
different lenghts you need.
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