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Project by KE4NYV posted 07-07-2014 04:04 PM 2022 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a good table saw panel sled, but I also wanted something that would hold down the boards while I was running them through the blade. This is built on 1/2” birch plywood. I added in a Kreg T-Track and Incra hold-downs. I use this for almost every cabinet project I build.

-- Jason R.





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 07-08-2014 12:18 AM

Nice handy sled!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 07-08-2014 08:21 PM

Honestly, I’ve never found the need to clamp my work to my sled however I think your situation would greatly benefit from using those new Bessey auto-clamps

I’d think you’d only need one and you can probably make a plate that allows you to position it along the t-track.
For me screwing/unscrewing 2 clamps for every cut would get old pretty fast.

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#3 posted 07-08-2014 09:44 PM

Now that is both elegant and simple! I really need to make me one of those, especially with the upcoming cabinet and case work on my list. Never tried to make one before but I am sure there are plenty of examples around. Any tips?
Tony

-- SFC, US Army, Ret. (DAV)---"It's not the fall I mind so much, it's that darn sudden stop I don't care for"....

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KE4NYV

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#4 posted 07-09-2014 01:23 AM

You’ve got a great start to it!! What kind of slides will you use?

Actually, I have some of these, but smaller. I was going to use them, but I just didn’t like the way they fit and without making some kind of sliding plate (as you suggested) it just wasn’t as universal. I really like the Incra clamps. They are honestly just as fast for me to manipulate and they don’t stick up as high off of the sled. I can “stack” my sled on it’s side, under the right side of my table saw along with my other sleds.

-- Jason R.

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#5 posted 07-09-2014 01:28 AM

Now that is both elegant and simple! I really need to make me one of those, especially with the upcoming cabinet and case work on my list. Never tried to make one before but I am sure there are plenty of examples around. Any tips?

The first sled I made like this, I made the rear fence too thick and it just got in the way at times. I found that I’m typically cutting 3/4” or thinner, so I make the fence 3/4” and that kept it thin enough to not really stick up and was still functional and solid. Also, laying the stock flat for the fence made it more ridgid (at least to me it did). I’m no pro with these, so I can’t claim to know everything, but just from experience this has worked the best for me. I added the Incra clamps afterwards. At first I didn’t think I needed the clamps, but I had a few pieces of stock shift on me and then it was evident that the clamps were needed to prevent this. The T-Track just made it even more universal, no matter what length of panel I was trying to cut. I picked up the Kreg T-Track and Incra clamps from Woodcraft. If I remember right, they had Kreg clamps, but I liked the form factor of the Incra clamps much better. Luckily, it’s all pretty standard sizes and they work well together.

-- Jason R.

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