See the review at
I made a shop built sled of similar concept, except it attached to my
sliding table. I was very pleased with the ability to clamp the wood to the
sled for angles greater than 45 degrees. I made some cuts that would have
been unsafe with any other technique I could think of. I think the Incra
represents a well made commercial option. You might also check out the shop
I had a need to perform bevel cuts with my own sled, so I made the sled with
a sacrificial edge that could be replaced for various angle bevels.
that looks like something easy to build and functional. I think I'll check
into it. The 5000 is pretty damn expensive and it's something I don't need
at the moment, so building one might be an alternative.
"you can lead them to LINUX
but you can't make them THINK"
I am amazed at how woodworking equipment is becoming more and more a
status symbol rather than a tool. WAY too much easily milled, flimsy
aluminum crap that could be replicated with a dedicated jig or sled in
10 minutes plus a little tweaking, with far more repeatable accuracy.
A few weeks ago I called several local dealers about cabinet saws.
The phone at one dealer's shop (in a rather snobby part of town) was
answered by a rather stuffy sounding man who insisted they didn't
carry cabinet saws, only the Delta Unisaw - further implying that it
wasn't 'just' a cabinet saw, but the 'best money could buy'. I had to
laugh out loud at that one. They also carry a whole lot of that fancy
laser-guided, high-dollar, extruded and milled aluminum stuff as well.
The local Woodcraft is pretty bad also - attitude-wise - nestled deep
within the bowels of CEO McMansion Land. I don't go there anymore.
I use a nice homemade sled with drop-on 'inserts' for common angles,
and a good old Dubby-like miter sled fills in the gaps between.
Rugged, dependable, repairable, customizable, and cheap... <g>
And don't get the idea these are not accurate - a Starrett protractor
for initial assembly plus a few test fits and tweaks, and they are far
more accurate than some blue and red anodized aluminum stuff that
isn't even accurately drilled in the first place.
BTW, I'm not picking on Incra, but there is a myriad of stuff like
this available, and most of it is... well... of questionable value.
But realize that the .BIZ says it all... And to quote:
"The Miter5000 by Incra deiivers perfect, repeatable accuracy...."
Deiivers... hmmm... New word?
Perfect... hmmm... Not possible - it's wood.
And all contingent on proper setup of the saw in the first place.
FWIW, IMHO, etc...
============Gosh I own a 2000 and a quick check of the archives will show you
dozens of post that I have posted plainly stating that I rarely use
the darn thing...Just too big and heavy ..I cut mostly 22 1/2 or 45
degree miters and I use sleds rather then pull out the Incra...
BUT my point here is that lost space behind the fence has never been a
problem...the miter track is plenty long enough to keep things under
control and firmly attached to the saw.....
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