Making a Table Saw Miter Box #1 Réaliser une boîte à onglets pour banc de scie

Une telle boîte à onglets est si pratique, sécuritaire et précise, au point que tout un chacun doit en posséder au moins une pour répondre à ses besoins.

Such miter box is so handy, secure and precise, to the point that each and everyone must own at least one to meet their needs.

J’avais fabriqué celle en premier plan pour un besoin spécifique. C’est tellement simple et rapide à fabriquer !

Once I made the forefront one for a specific need. It’s so quick and easy to make !

Uniquement trois pièces sont requises : deux guides et une base. Pour la base j’aime bien utilisé une chute de panneau de bois durci dont une face est lisse pour bien glisser et l’autre gaufrée pour prévenir les pièces de bouger. Les guides sont de MDF, matériau dur et stable.

Only three pieces are required : two fences and one base. For the base I like to use a  hardboard scrap with one slick face, and the other a wafer pattern (embossed) to prevent workpieces from slipping. The fences are MDF, a hard and stable material.

Surtout pour le confort, j’arrondi les coins des guides.

Mostly for comfort, I round over the fence corners.

Pour prévenir l’accumulation de sciure qui pourrait altérer l’angle, je coupe des feuillures au bord intérieur des guides.

To prevent build-up dust which could alter the angle, I cut rabbets along the inside of the fences.

Ici je découpe une cale pour assurer le parallélisme des guides, ce auquel je tiens afin de pouvoir pivoter la boite à onglets sans compromettre sa précision.

Here I’m ripping a spacer to ensure fence parallelism, what I desire to be able to spin around the miter box around without compromising it’s precision.

Un filet de colle sous chaque guide, lesquels sont déposés appuyés contre la cale.

A bead of glue under each fence, which are dropped leaning against the spacer.

Sous presse, je laisse sécher jusqu’à demain. Aucune vis, aucun clou (pensez lame de scie).

Les serre-joints n’offrent aucune pression, ils assurent uniquement le parallélisme. La cale est encore libre lorsque glissée.

Under weight, I let dry overnight. No screw, no nail (think saw blade).

The clamps apply no pressure, they only ensure parallelism. The spacer is still free to move.

J’ai pris soin de placer les serre-joints au-dessus de la base en saillie.

I took care to set the clamps above the protruding base.

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8 Responses to Making a Table Saw Miter Box #1 Réaliser une boîte à onglets pour banc de scie

  1. Joe Walker says:

    Greetings from South Africa. I am not sure how I would need to use this on a table saw and how would I use it. Best wishes, Joe Walker.


    • Serge says:

      Hello Joe,
      This jig is helpful and safer to cut small pieces, particularly at an angle. Take a look at this picture (link) from one of my latest posts.
      You may have an equivalent sled or jig for such scary task, but if not, it could be an answer.
      Hope this helps.


      • Joe Walker says:

        Thank you Serge, I was not too sure how you clamped it into position. Your pic now ex[lains it.
        Thank you,


  2. John J Roth says:


    Thank you so very much for taking the time for detailing the small miter sled. There are several points I would not have thought of. I’ll be making this very shortly. Again thanks.


    • Serge says:

      Thank you John for your feedback. But don’t make yours before reading my next post. More related tips will be developed.


  3. What does it mean to register to finish reading what you did? I’m already a member and that is why I get to leave messages.


    • Serge says:

      Pops, If I changed my wording as below to clarify what I mean, should I be understood ?

      “If not already done, register for free (right column) to be notified each time a new post is added.”

      Clear enough ?


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