Table Saw Sled

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Blog entry by Craig posted 05-12-2010 06:39 AM 1515 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I will have pics posted when done. I got a awsome plan from for a Table Saw Sled of which I always wanted to make and everybody needs for the those repitious cross cuts. Dumby me not reading the fine print, the sled plans were designed to work with a right tilt TS. I have a left tilt TS. I always thought they were the the same. Coming to find out I would have to make mine a mirror image of the original. I discovered when I do a dado cut, I am gonna cut part ofl the sled off. It has a sliding piece to accompany different width blades. It is alright If I use the standard blade. The question I have when they mention a mirror image would mean my saved cut would be to the left of the blade? It seems unnatural. The saved pieces I would think would be to the right. Can you picture what I mean. I hope so. Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 05-12-2010 11:13 AM

Yes, I also have a left tilt and did the same thing since most of my table support is on the right side. I don’t use the sled for dado cuts since either the boards are wide enough to use with the fence or they are narrow enough that I can use a miter gauge with aux fence.

I had to wrap my head around the fact that its much harder to crosscut versus cross dado wide stock. This might be your line of thinking.

Just remember when dadoing, that although the blade is buried, its still gonna pop out the back so keep your hands far away from the line of the cut.

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#2 posted 05-12-2010 02:55 PM

Thanks Sarit. What is more common for a TS? A right tilt or a left tilt. And what are the advantages or disadvantages to either? For that matter I have never heard of a right tilt.

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#3 posted 05-27-2010 08:46 AM

I think older saws were right tilt and most new saws are left tilt. For safety purposes, its better for the blade to tilt away from the fence to prevent the wood from binding and causing kickback. Since most of the table is on the right side of the blade, it makes more sense to get a left-tilt. Of course if you google “left tilt vs right tilt” you will find pros & cons of either.
One of the advantages of right-tilt is that the arbor is on the opposite side so no matter what blade you use, it will always be aligned to the right edge of the blade. This allows you to use that sled w/ any thickness blade.

As my sled wears out I will probably just unscrew my runners and reattach them further in so that my next cut will trim a little off the sled and renew my zero clearance.

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#4 posted 05-27-2010 06:35 PM has some fantastic sleds

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