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Blog entry by MikesProjects posted 03-01-2014 06:12 PM 1988 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a new table saw sled for a different saw i’m using. I’m currently finishing a miter saw cut station I built & needed a sled to make small cuts. After having made a few others I notice how wooden sleds react to moisture content in the air so I wanted this new one to be built with out wood. I made this new sled out of left over plexiglass I had laying around & used aluminum for the runners. The fence is actual bulletproof glass.
It came out better looking than I would of thought. I tapped the glass fence & used machine screws to attach it to the deck & used bolts to attach the runners to the 1/2” thick deck as well. Here I will include a video of this project.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XnJhges2h0
I’ve been here for years, signed up a year ago & wanted to participate more so just dropping a line.
Im Mike & I like doing projects. I sometimes try to keep up & record the progress on my projects, This time I had more time so was playing around. If anyone finds my blog post & watches the video really hope it was worth your time since its looooong.. Until next time….
ps, I may try to edit a quick version of this video sometime & cut out the talking.

REALLY NO BIG DEAL THOUGH, Just another sled video, one of a million. I like this new sled because its fully adjustable…..

I’ll try to upload a few images to this blog asap.

-- -Mike, Southern California, YouTube User ( Give & Take )



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Garry

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#1 posted 03-01-2014 06:59 PM

Very cool!

-- Garry, North Carolina woodworker and engineer - The journey you're preparing for has already begun.

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#2 posted 03-01-2014 08:52 PM

It looks very spiffy.
My only concern would be that this sled may move more from changes in temperature than a plywood one would from moisture. In my shop there is a much greater variation in temperature than moisture.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#3 posted 03-02-2014 03:06 AM

Cool invisible sled. Are you going to put a cross member at the far end for support?

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 03-04-2014 05:21 AM

OldTool, I do not plan on adding a rear end support to the new sled. Great question though & I can see why one would ask this do to the fact the sled for one can break at the point in front of the fence (there is only 2.5” left anyway. The sled is very solid with the large clear fence attached. The reason I don’t want to add a rear support is with out one it enables me to make deeper cuts up to 24 ish inches. With a rear support im reducing that depth by 9” & would then only have a max depth of cut that is 16”
I understand the risk of possible breakage running with out one but hey, its just a table saw sled right, I can build another. Wood versions are easy & fast to make, no biggie :)

-- -Mike, Southern California, YouTube User ( Give & Take )

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#5 posted 03-04-2014 05:25 AM

Thanks Garry for the nice comment.
Paul, Thanks as well. I like the spiffy look…..As far as moisture or temperature, we shall see. Good thing it was a mostly free project ;)
Thanks for the support…..

-- -Mike, Southern California, YouTube User ( Give & Take )

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