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Blog entry by dakremer posted 02-25-2011 11:07 PM 5613 reads 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey guys. Just fooling around in the shop. Got tired of the wooden rails on my table saw sled expanding and shrinking, therefore making the table saw sled less accurate. I’ve never seen anyone on here (even though i’m sure there are) use metal rails for their sleds… i figured I’d give it a try. This was just an experiment – but it turned out even better than I thought it would, so i’m going to use it (even though I’ll probably change a few things – like better attachment to the sled)

Anyways – this is just an experiment so what you are going to see is not the actual sled. The metal i used was just 3/4” metal bought from a big box store. i just screwed the rails to the “sled” with a couple of drywall screws. I was amazed at how easily it slid with almost no side-to-side movement what so ever – it was so small, you could only hear there was some slop, you couldnt even see it. I didnt even sand the metal to make it smooth – this is straight off the grinder – i think its better if you do not sand it because its a snug fit, and the more you use it the easier it will be to slide, while still keeping the snug fit.

This is my first video – so be kind!! :)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#1 posted 02-25-2011 11:21 PM

Give that man an Oscar! Great Special effects!

-- Neill

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#2 posted 02-25-2011 11:52 PM

Some of the guys have used this stuff on their sleds:

Me- i just used scrap hardwood because I am too cheap ;)


-- “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” Pablo Picasso

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#3 posted 02-25-2011 11:55 PM

rub a bit of Parrafin wax on the rail. you’ll be surprised how easily it will run across your table

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 02-26-2011 12:05 AM

The first of many I hope. Thanks Alf

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#5 posted 02-26-2011 12:29 AM

ah, your sawtop has a serious rust problem :-)

-- Life is good.

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#6 posted 02-26-2011 12:35 AM

GOOD JOB!! Nice video! Nice Subject!

Good tip on that 3/4” slider bar from a Big box store… will have to try that (with wax too!)... Great tip!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#7 posted 02-26-2011 12:42 AM

i have the same saw, no problems with mine, what about u? and looks nice. i put the incra 32 inch fence system on it and it works beautifull. keep it up

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#8 posted 02-26-2011 12:46 AM

Lee Valley carries some plastic rails specially made for this application that run true and tight while being “slippery” enough to glide easily.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#9 posted 02-26-2011 05:14 AM

Nice video. :) I just switched all the rails on all my sleds with polyethylene cutting board material. Bought a 10×30 board from a restaurant supply shop for $10 and cut then to size. slides like butter.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#10 posted 02-26-2011 05:34 AM

I kind of doubt that the Lee Valley rails are any more precise than the ones i made. (even though they ARE pretty awesome) they are also expensive – mine only cost me $3, and will last a life time. After i put a little wax on the rails and in the slot, it pushed INCREDIBLY easy. and perfectly accurate. I ended up making a little sled out of it that i’ll post tomorrow!! thanks for all the comments.

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#11 posted 02-26-2011 06:19 AM

Don’t you just love the the sound of a piece of lumber engaging the saw blade??

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#12 posted 02-26-2011 09:14 AM

I’m thinking Oscar too!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 02-26-2011 04:44 PM

Doug I used 3/4 by 3/8” thick aluminium on mine & drilled through the sled & tapped the rails to take machine screws it’ a lot better than the oak rails I used to use
Nice video (aren’t you supposed to be studying) I’m grateful for the sketchup fan inlays

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#15 posted 02-26-2011 04:54 PM

Nice thinking on trying new stuff. UHMW plastic also works well, but your metal rails can be bought at a moments notice.

I love the audio commentary you added to the video.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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