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Miter to picture-frame-perfect length the first time
Iāve had great success cutting perfect miters for picture frames using a dedicated sled with a plastic 45Ā° drafting triangle acting as a fence, as shown at right. After squaring the sled base to the guide bar, I cut a saw kerf two-thirds of the way through the sled. Next, I centered a fence a little shorter than the longest side of the triangle on the back edge of the sled. Finally, I screwed the triangle to the sled so that the point of its 90Ā° angle splits the saw kerf.
To use the sled, I first crosscut all my frame sides to finished lengthāplus 1ā8″ to account for the kerf of my tablesaw blade. Then, I cut a scrap of stock the same width as the frame workpiece and hold a scrapwood stop against it as shown. With the workpiece butted against the stop, the blade removes half of the 1ā8″ excess length with each cut. Itās as easy to cut on the right side of the blade as it is the left with no adjustments like you would have on a mitersaw.
āNiki Avrahami, Garwolin, Poland
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