Nicer weather worktime

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Blog entry by mIps posted 03-09-2013 02:58 AM 983 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been decent weather over the last two days (No rain, not freezing cold) SO, time to get some stuff done!

I Finally decided to try and build a tablesaw sled, mostly because I think it would make life easier. But what kind? A panel sled, a cutoff sled or a Miter sled. I don’t have time, materials, money or space for all three and, as nice as it is, I think the SuperSled is beyond my current skills. Then I got an idea: Combine them! And, almost as soon as I had that idea, I got the idea for how to do it.
The idea is this: The sled has only one guide runner and a fence in the back (towards me). Put the runner in the left-hand saw slot and the right edge of the sled lines up with the saw for a panel sled. Put the runner in the right-hand slot for cut-off sled work. That takes care of two jobs, but what about the miter sled?
That’s where things get tricky. Make a sub-sled.
It’s going to have short dowels sticking out of the bottom that will socket into matching holes in the main sled, lined up so that the point of the miter is as close to spot-on center of the blade as I can manage.

Photos of work-in-progress

This is a photo of my high-tech method of clamping the main sled to the runner strip. 21st century, baby! The main sled is a piece of 1/2” cherry veneered plywood that I got last spring and I think the runner is a piece of hemlock. I know it’s not “hardwood” but it was that or pine…

Here’s the initial setup of the sub-sled. Just 2×4s glued onto a piece of 1/4” plywood. Eventually I will drill holes in the bottom for the dowel.

Here’s the initial glue-up for the back fence. Just some strips of particle board I had left over from my bench-build. I want to get another, taller piece to attach to the back of this for some additional hand-clearance.

Will update when more is done!

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