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Project by shipwright posted 11-11-2014 07:51 PM 6330 views 27 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I never heard of a table saw sled before I joined LJ’s. They just don’t show up in shipyards, likely because they are for cutting straight lines. :-)

When I did start seeing them they looked either so simple that I couldn’t see the advantage over a good miter gauge or so complex that I just wasn’t interested in going to the trouble. .... and then there’s the storage ….... I tend to make single use jigs and chuck them rather than filling my shop with them.

Soooo …. then I saw kiefer’s brilliant version and I suddenly had the urge to build one. The time was right this week when I was setting up my winter ShopSmith based shop as the table saw is everyone’s choice for the poorest function of the SS and I felt that a sled would improve this considerably.

There’s no need to go into details on this as it is all covered in Klaus’ project post complete with his “how it works” video. Suffice to say it is brilliant and works as advertised except for one tiny problem (ShopSmith’s not Klaus’) that I will deal with as a separate post. This one is about thanking my buddy for his version of the common table saw sled.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 11-11-2014 08:04 PM

Looks like a great build Paul and I like your marquetry picture too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 11-11-2014 08:11 PM

I think that I have just resurrected my ShopSmith! Thanks for the post. RH

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#3 posted 11-11-2014 08:21 PM

Almost makes me want a ShopSmith. Almost. LOL My admiration for your two separate shops never ceases. You seem to transition seamlessly between the two.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 11-11-2014 08:35 PM

Hi Paul
Glad to see you built a sled and it will certainly be a great addition to the shop .
I like the way you used plywood for almost every part of it and I am totally impressed with the marquetry logo it just looks great on the sled and may have to bug you to make a copy for me .
Thanks for the mention and link .


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 11-11-2014 08:47 PM

Looks real nice. I also like the marquetry as others have said.

Back in 1988 we were living just outside of Atlanta and while riding around the area one Saturday we just happened to come across the ShopSmith store in Tucker, GA. After spending 1.5 hours with the store’s owner I took one of them home. Bought the “basic package” and figured I’d be set for life. HA!

Two years and three moves later (I was a warehouse manager for the Snap-on Tool Corporation at the time) I had probably only used it 3 or 4 times. When it was time to move again… I GAVE IT AWAY! (Yes, you read that correctly…. I gave it away.)

Now that I’m REALLY getting into woodworking, I kick myself in the ass every time I think how STOOOPID that was of me!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#6 posted 11-11-2014 08:53 PM

Klaus, plywood was what I had around.
I know you are partial to pine cones. :-)
I actually cut it in a pack of four with the intention that the other three would be in your mailbox before long.
Keep an eye out.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#7 posted 11-11-2014 09:28 PM

Nice build Paul. It will be interesting to see how you like it as time goes by.

I used to do everything on the sled. Then it got too heavy to get out, and I got a better miter gauge. So I have been doing work sans-sled. I do miss it though, I guess it acts more like a sliding table saw.

Keep us informed on how you like it,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 11-11-2014 09:38 PM

Looks great, and really like all the functions and the inlay. Great job. I built my first table saw sled years ago, and it is def my favorite for the table saw. Im sure you will get lots of use from it.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 11-11-2014 10:09 PM

I have never used a ShopSmith, but what I have seen the table saw is not great. Looks like you have solved that problem. Well done

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#10 posted 11-11-2014 10:10 PM

Thanks Paul you are the best !!!!!!!
I will be looking forward to that TREAT AND HOPE i CAN RETURN THE FAVOR ONE DAY .
It will be one my sleds, both of them before you know it .


-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 11-11-2014 10:56 PM

i cant believe you have had time to do any of this, i thought you would be on the green…lol….another thing i didn’t know was that you could have a campfire in a microwave…i see the stove with firewood stacked on top, i’m just assuming…lol….oh to the table saw jig….very nice, with a pretty on the front to boot…im also wondering if a jack will come springing out the front of that pretty inlay on the front, hey…you just never know…i must repent of the word inlay…marquetry….hows that.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 11-11-2014 11:15 PM


Would like to hear an update later? Is that MDF or tempered hardboard in combination with the plywood? I’m thinking about using the fir plywood flooring I have in my storage? My rails would be ash?

No pretty inlays like you super woodworkers though. LOL!

As per your usual, clean, tight, and well crafted!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 11-11-2014 11:28 PM

Nice job, Paul! I see you could not resist the “Shipwright touch” ;-)

-- 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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#14 posted 11-12-2014 12:19 AM

Bob, the microwave and the rotten wood are waiting for the garbage man.
.... You’re supposed to be looking at the project!

Thomas, it’s MDF but only the sacrificial parts. I’m sure any stable wood would do.

Topa, the pine cone was for Klaus, but of course there had to be marquetry.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#15 posted 11-12-2014 12:44 AM

great looking sled. The marquetry is a super touch!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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