Segment Cutting Sled

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Project by TheDane posted 07-07-2014 09:00 PM 2523 views 60 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a year-and-a-half ago, I built a sled for cutting segments on the table saw …
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My original sled worked fine, but could only do 15 degree cuts for 12-piece segmented rings.

Last week, LJ cajunpen showed off his new sled …
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... which inspired me to get off my duff an remake my original sled into something that was more flexible.

Rather than use an adjustable stop and clamp on the fence on the left side, I routed an arc that has a T-bolt fitted in the underside of the sled. It is adjustable to any point in the curve in the arc, and fastens securely with a plastic knob.

I measured, marked, and did test cuts for the most common angles/number of segments in the rings I use. To make setting angles quicker, there is an eyeblot that acts as a registration pin.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 07-07-2014 09:22 PM

Very nice design with great features. I especially like the indexing system using an eyebolt.

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#2 posted 07-07-2014 09:42 PM

Well thought out, minimal complexity and effective
the results make a undisputed confirmation of that.

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#3 posted 07-07-2014 10:03 PM

what do you use to set the angles???

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#4 posted 07-07-2014 10:12 PM

Nice design. I really like the indexing pin’s.

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#5 posted 07-07-2014 10:19 PM

Awesome sled! I really need to build one of these. Do you happen to have any plans drawn up?

-- Jason R.

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#6 posted 07-07-2014 11:14 PM

”what do you use to set the angles???”

I set the desired angle on a General digital bevel, then used a marking knife to strike a line on a piece of scrap stock. I eyeballed the angle on the sled’s fence, and started trimming the end of the stock, adjusting the fence until I got the cut parallel to the marking knife line.

From there, I cut enough segments for a half ring, taped them together, checked the ends with a straightedge, and made adjustments as necessary to the fence. When I got the two ends of the half ring straight, I cut a full ring, taped and checked them and made any further adjustments to close gaps. When I was happy with them, I glued up the samples you see if the 5th picture.

I went through a lot of scrap (salvaged flooring), but I think it was worth it.

”Do you happen to have any plans drawn up?”

Sorry … no plans. I just watched the video that cajunpen mentioned in his post last week (see: ).

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#7 posted 07-07-2014 11:27 PM

That is a fantastic sled/jig!!!
Love the adjustability & indexing.

I think you need to make another one….
For me!!! ;^)

Looking forward to seeing the first, well all of your projects from this….

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#8 posted 07-08-2014 12:37 AM

COOL sled… COOL approach…

Nice and SAFE too!

Thank you!

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#9 posted 07-08-2014 02:12 AM

Nice, i tried using my miter saw to cut segments to try my first segmented bowl, after cutting 2 sets at different angles and having gaps i gave up wasting wood, i need one of those if i ever buy a new table saw, my ryobi sucks.

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#10 posted 07-08-2014 02:55 AM

Nice job on it!

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

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#11 posted 07-08-2014 05:04 PM

This is really cool. Great job

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#12 posted 07-08-2014 05:27 PM

Hello The dane

I want the same !!!

Ok Ok I go to my shop to make one !!

The arc and the T-bolt is a very good idea

Thanks for sharing

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#13 posted 07-08-2014 05:53 PM

Way cool such a great design

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#14 posted 07-08-2014 06:23 PM

It’s a complete new level of ’’sled’’ thinking. Excellent execution!

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#15 posted 07-16-2014 01:58 AM

Great sled …

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