I like to make boxes using miter joints and splines or miller dowels.
I sometimes use boards as wide as 15" and would like to make a
jig/sled to cut the 45 degree edge miter as accurately as possible on
my table saw (left tilt). I have in the past used a quickly thrown
together one runner sled for this out of a piece of plywood. Having
recently put together a really nice 2 runner crosscut sled I was
wondering if anybody had any good tips on building one for crosscut 45
I thought about that, and I'll probably do something along that line.
But I stll need a solution for atarting out with a long board (8').
For example, I want to make a jewelry box for my wife, it is big, 33" x
20" x 15". So, I have on order a piece of 13/16" x 15" x 8' curly
maple. I want the case to have the grain wrap around it, so I need to
start with the full length board. It's the first cuts I'm concerned
FWIW, that fairly screams "DOVETAIL" for the casework joinery!!
A mitered corner would be one of my last choices, but is doable with splines
and would look quite nice. I am wondering why you are reluctant to cut the
45 degree miters on your table saw?. This is basically why they "tilt". ;)
BTW, now that we can see the idea, 8' would probably be sufficient for the
material for the top and two sides. When you said "box", that usually means
four sides, which, given your posted dimensions, added up to more than 96",
IIRC ... thus the recommendation to go at least 9'. ;)
Good luck ... it will be a gorgeous project.
Well, I didn't see miter joints, that was my own thing, with splines.
But after all of this discussion, and what Swingman said, I really
think I'm gonna go Dovetail. Miter is just what I "know". I have
never done dovetail, so the challenge would be good. I will do them by
hand as I don't have, and can't afford, a jig. So, all that being
said, can anybody offer up a good instructional site so I can get
practicing? Tips on drawer making is also welcome. Man, this stuff
That is exactly the kind of jig I made... although mine would not
handle a 15 inch wide cross cut....
Glued a piece of sand paper on the surface of the ramp which allows
accurate cross cuts up to about 8 inches without a clamp on my sled..
For ideas/inspiration, take a look at the sled on my web site below ... jig
and fixtures page. It uses the factory corner of a sheet of plywood (which
you verify beforehand to be 90 degrees) and works on the principle of
complementary angles by alternating cuts for each side of your frame,
insuring a 90 degree joint.
There is a new eddition of that book out. "Boat joinery and cabinet making
simlified". I just ordered it from Amazon. 16.95. As much mention as it has
gotten around here, I thought it would be worth a look.
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