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Blog entry by dakremer posted 614 days ago 4220 reads 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What do you guys think of a table saw sled with a removable insert for different blades, and blade angles? This is just something I put together really quickly in Google Sketchup – not very detailed and not the final design – just demonstrating an idea. I can already think of a few problems such as the fence will get ripped up with the different blades/angles.

I don’t want 8 table saw sleds laying around the shop. I figured it’d be much easier to just make one really nice sled, with different inserts to match different blade/blade angles.

I’ve never seen anything like this before. Wondering what you guys think?

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



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dakremer

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#1 posted 614 days ago

just as I posted this…I realized the biggest problem – The insert would get cut in two, making it really unstable.

DUH….

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

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 614 days ago

You can accomplished a zero clearance sled by tacking or screwing a piece of 1/4 ply on top it’s not as versitale as an insert but it at least covers the zero clearance addition to a sled.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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SRWoodworker

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#3 posted 614 days ago

I asked about such as sled in another forum (woodwhisperer.com) and I was pointed to an adjustable sled plan in which one side of the sled could be moved to snug against a dado blade or blades with different kerfs. Did not address the tilted blade scenario. Sorry I don’t have the reference on hand but it does exist.

-- Jerry

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 614 days ago

I saw that sled Jerry it was on the woodsmith shop. Pretty cool idea.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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kiefer

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#5 posted 614 days ago

Here is a similar sled idea that I have designed used for some time now.
The bottom is two layers and slides to accommodate different width of blades and by flipping the layers any tilt of the blade can be accomplished with a zero clearence .The top layer will have to be replaced eventually as some material is removed during different setups .
The rear fence has a replaceable insert to accommodate different saw blade width and tilt angles .
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/61820
Take a look it may interest you .

-- Kiefer 松

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#6 posted 614 days ago

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CessnaPilotBarry

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#7 posted 614 days ago

In your animation still above, two of the screws could be a real problem. Especially with a Saw Stop… ;^)

In my world, I just drop in a pair of false 1/4” MDF floor liners when the kerf wears or I need odd dados, and secure them with 2-3 screws per side. The first pass resets the kerf.

Daily business also involves using a 1/4” MDF fence face that is clamped in place. When the fence kerf gets beat, I slide it to one side or the other.

It’s perfectly OK to spend a lot of time on jigs, but when you see how simply and cheaply a lot of pro shops (and schools) elegantly solve the problem, you can get back to building actual projects.

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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dakremer

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#8 posted 614 days ago

my other idea was something like this….

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

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dakremer

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#9 posted 614 days ago

I think that is too complicated….(above pics)

A1Jim…I like that plan you linked to – I’ve never seen that before! Thats the one!

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

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#10 posted 614 days ago

Here is my version of an adjustable sled. Both sides move to account for blade width and tilt.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/37589

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 614 days ago

Wow that’s an amazing sled Steve

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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dakremer

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#12 posted 614 days ago

Steve – that is an amazing sled. I still dont get the sliding base though….

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

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sras

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#13 posted 614 days ago

It might help to look at the Woodsmith plans referenced in the project description. I just mirrored the single sliding version to slide the floor on both sides.

Let me know if that helps…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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sras

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#14 posted 614 days ago

Actually that is the same sled that A1Jim referenced – so you already looked at it. If you have a specific question, let me know…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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dakremer

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#15 posted 614 days ago

Thanks Steve!

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

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