Make a miter sled for your table saw. Improved version.

Make a miter sled for your table saw. Improved version.

A miter sled is a useful jig for making perfect 45 degree mitered corners. I made a video a while ago, but I think it was overly complicated. This version is super-easy to make and only requires one perfect 90 degree angle.

I also have a second video this week. Plywood picture frame…using the sled:

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  1. BoardWhareHowse on February 21, 2022 at 10:53 pm

    Making a miter cut while keeping the blade at 0*…wow. My only trouble are the darn sliding pieces that go into the table itself! I tried the cross cut sled and messed up my sliders. It’s tough trying to get them both exactly the same thickness so the whole thing doesn’t wobble, at least it’s tough to me, that is

  2. Lisa Lovely LPA on February 21, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    Wow your work flow was so straight ahead and efficient. Clearest tutorial on this project I have seen on YouTube

  3. talib hassan on February 21, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    That’s a cool amazing mitre sled….gonna make 1 for my workshop….

  4. Adil Siddiqui on February 21, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    Watching this at work 8 years after it was posted. Thanks Steve!

  5. Paul De Jesus on February 21, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    great video

  6. john morgan on February 21, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Could I use this principle to make a jig for a 72 degree cut

  7. Bad Alice on February 21, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Thank you. I’m going to go make this right now. I have been making keepsake boxes for Christmas Gifts. Even after precision adjusting my chop saw I still can’t get absolute perfect.
    This idea of "as long as you cut one piece on the left and it’s mate on the right," that’s brilliant. I immeadiatly understood how that is so much simpler than trying to be precise.
    I am so happy right now to know my 45s are going to be cake.
    Thank you buddy.
    I better go find that subscribe button I guess; see what other time saving "cool guy" ideas you have.
    You the man.

  8. Jason Harper on February 21, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    thank you

  9. Chris Griffith on February 21, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    The great thing about this type of 90 degree jig is that after cutting the 90’s roughly to size, you can "hone" it in on both sides at once, as long as your rough is about an eighth inch to true. So as long as the jig is perfect, the 90’s will always be perfect mates.

  10. Rockey Singh on February 21, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    Hi Steve old darling what a lovely and informative demonstration. I am still struggling to know and still fully unsure what the construction is for and would have been chuffed to see how and what you are using it for. Nevertheless you dear old thing it was enlightening and simply marv.

  11. Kelly Sweetman on February 21, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    Great idea. I built one this afternoon. It’s jigs and sleds that makes my job easier.

  12. E Caff on February 21, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    Excellent. I like art films too…

  13. Marlone Melo on February 21, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    Great video. I did one for my self and works great. Could you do one for 30 degress.

  14. Yedur KJ on February 21, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    Worked great. Thanks for the video.

  15. Shawn Gough on February 21, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    Steve Ramsey is by far the best at keeping it simple and fun. Thank you.

  16. Chriss Hanssen on February 21, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    ill try to make this work with door framings.. afraid they might be to long, but lets try 🙂

  17. 1984tidzy on February 21, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    Best video so far. I’m a hobbiest and love woodworking. This is great thank you

  18. Eric Williams on February 21, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    8 years later………………
    I have watched probably a dozen or so YouTube videos about how to make a SIMPLE miter saw sled.
    This video has been the most straightforward, the most simple to make, and the most least stressful video to watch ( why I said the most least stressful, is because, well, I dont have to have 50 other tools that I dont own to make this sled. I dont have to add 50 other gadgets to this sled that I dont have the money to order to add to the sled!!!!!! Yes, I may have exaggerated a little bit of what I said, but hopefully it gets my point across.)….
    Thank you so much for making this video.

  19. F. De Mascio on February 21, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    Nice & simple.
    I joined a woodworking maker-space recently. Fully equipped with all the saws, sanders, drills lathes, routers, etc.
    Making picture frames last weekend, I was shown the miter sled that the operator of the space had made. It works, but is way to heavy on the end that is not supported by the table. I’m going to whip one of these together and leave it there.

  20. rachel jankielsztajn on February 21, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    Is it only for picture frames or can you use it for moldings too?

  21. Jim Rocks on February 21, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    I’m just curious why wouldn’t you use a miter saw? I guess you’re making a sled for your tablesaw because you don’t have a miter saw?

  22. Jon on February 21, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    Great video, Thanks for taking the time explain this at a level that dummies (such as myself) can process. Cheers!

  23. Ernie Sandberg on February 21, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    What’s with the beard?

  24. Simon's Stuff on February 21, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    "ponies for ever"

  25. Josh Robertson on February 21, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    Hey Steve. Thanks for all the videos. I’m really struggling getting my miters to line up for a picture frame. I’ve tried many different strategies and it’s still pretty rough. I think i’m going to attempt making a sled now.

  26. Michael, The Broke Painter on February 21, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    thanks for the instruction! this will definitely help me build one!

  27. tornadokat on February 21, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    @2:10, I’d like to add something that someone really new to a table saw may not realize, make sure you don’t rest the ruler against a tooth of a carbide saw blade or it will throw your angle off a tiny bit. And if you haven’t aligned your blade yet, do it first. Although Steve says it doesn’t have to be super accurate, if it’s not then let’s say you have a project where to need to cut a bunch and don’t keep track of what cuts were made on the left side vs the right side, then two pieces cut on the same side may not pair up to a perfect 90.

  28. PeaceMotherLover on February 21, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    Nice shirt

  29. Peco Simplu on February 21, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    I’m making one right now😊

  30. Jim Trebes on February 21, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    I have decides that while I may not be dense, I am certainly had headed. In using your miter corner jig I was having troubles getting 45 degree cuts. Today I watched y7ou video several times and it finally soaked in. I cut my first cuts on the left side, then my second cuts on the right side. and they looked good. Thanks for your video.

  31. MrVodKanocker on February 21, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    thanks, best and simplest miter sled on yt

  32. Chris Griffith on February 21, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    Congratulations, you have made the first jig I ever made, 30 years ago.

  33. mikeecho33 on February 21, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    sorry just caught this vid 7 yrs after you made it, but thank you from the future hehehe

  34. Romeo Cassiani on February 21, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    Just made this to help with the forth project of the weekend woodworker, made a world of difference.

  35. Mark Primavera on February 21, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    Great job Steve, BTW your framing square needs some TLC.

  36. gwheyduke on February 21, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    Good informaton. I was looking for a fixed angle miter gage to cut whirligig blade hubs at about 35 degrees. I use the miter gage supplied with my table saw to cut one hub, then for the opposite hub ( in order to get the "wings" to spin in opposide directions) I have to swap the whole set up to the other side of the blade. If I had 2 miter gage set ups I could just remove one and slide the opposite angle one in place and start cutting. Would save a lot of set-up time. I think your method will work.

  37. Brendan on February 21, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    Now where do I sign up? You get my money. Great mentoring Steve, thanks.

  38. Jeffrey Casto on February 21, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    I made a miter jig for my table saw from your video it works great thanks for sharing your knowledge

  39. Anees Shaik on February 21, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    Hi Steve, love your channel! Could you pls tell us what’s the saw you use at 1.53 called? And why does it show up here as a ‘Japanese’ saw and seemingly ridiculous price?

  40. Jose Leon on February 21, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    Simple things are usually great!

  41. Shimi Perets on February 21, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    I like your video, and how you explains

  42. Stradivarius 09 on February 21, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    How is reproducibility achieved? If you put a stop block on the left side, how can you put a second stop block the same distance exactly on the other side?

  43. Simon Kirby on February 21, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    Made this at the weekend. Perfect! Your content has been really helpful over the last few months of putting my workshop together. So thank you for the help!

  44. Shari T on February 21, 2022 at 11:43 pm

    Great content, easy to follow, thanks for posting!

  45. Luis Abbadie on February 21, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    Does this only work when you stand the piece of wood and not lay it flat? Hope that made sense

  46. Brendan on February 21, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    Thanks mate. Bloody ripper! Cheers.

  47. Kevin Kemp on February 21, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    Can you make a compound adjustable miter sled

  48. KC on February 21, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    It does matter if the individual pieces are 45 degrees each otherwise you have to cut 45 mothers one on each side guide so it is 90 degrees. If you cut meters on only one side you may be off because it may not be a perfect 45 degree. One side may be 44.5 and the other 45.5 degrees adding up to 90.

  49. alessandro m c f on February 21, 2022 at 11:46 pm


  50. Drone for fun on February 21, 2022 at 11:52 pm

    Great job, here is how I would improve the design further:
    1. Use nylon or aluminium strips on the underside. Nylon is not affected by moisture, they will not warp or wear as quickly
    2. Replace the plywood bottom plate with a thin aluminium plate. Will enable higher cut since bottom is thinner. Will also not warp nor change over time