Aluminum Miter Slides
Issue: Issue 219.5
Posted Date: 3/24/2009
I was looking for a solution for making all my table saw jigs and
sleds slide smoothly along the miter slots. A quick solution is to cut
wooden miter bars out of scraps from around the shop, but they have to
be milled precisely for a good fit. Also, wooden bars have the
potential to wear down over time or shrink or swell due to changes in
humidity (a problem in the Houston area) leaving you with a sloppy fit
and less precision.
As an alternative, at most
any of your home improvement stores you can find 3/4" aluminum square
tubing that fits perfectly in most 3/4" mitre slots.
a carbide tipped table saw blade you can rip the aluminum tubing right
in half giving you two perfect miter bars. Cut these to any length,
pre-drill for mounting screws, and attach to the bottom of any jigs.
Easy, custom fit, and inexpensive. - Tray Wright, Texas