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Project by pfleming posted 02-09-2016 03:54 AM 1391 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally got around to adding some t-track to my table saw crosscut sled. I also added a shop made stop block, that works great! While I was routing the miter in the top of the fence, I went ahead and shaved the bottom edge of it on the table saw. From time to time I’ll have the need to cut plexiglass on the table saw, and it would get slightly under the rolled edge of the 2x I used for the fence. Shaving the bottom edge gave me a nice flat bottom that sits flush against my sled surface.

-- Patrick, Mississippi





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#1 posted 02-09-2016 06:10 AM

Your shop-made stop block looks certainly better than some commercial ones that I used (and never used again). I find it important to use such a big stop block, to prevent side to side movement…

The shaving you cut on the bottom with have another good side effect: saw dust will disappear there. So when you saw several pieces on the sled, you won’t have to worry about saw dust messing with your 90° alignment.

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#2 posted 02-09-2016 03:57 PM

Thanks, and I agree about the size. When I started building it, I made it big for that exact reason. It isn’t perfectly flat against the fence, but when it’s locked in place, it’s very solid. I did not cut a dust channel into the bottom of the fence, it sits flat on the base. I did think about cutting one, but my wife is very particular about the plexiglass being EXACT measurements, so I opted to make it flat and blow off any dust. So far it really has worked well, and the dust build-up hasn’t been an issue at all.

-- Patrick, Mississippi

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#3 posted 02-09-2016 05:40 PM

Oh, I see now what you meant by “shaving”. Well, that shaving cut is a must I would say, you really want the fence dead on flush with the sled. A dust channel could still work, if you make it small. Unless the plexi glass is really thin… then it’s better to blow the dust away.

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#4 posted 02-09-2016 07:31 PM

Exactly! A lot of the picture frames we do, for craft shows, have the glass visible from the outside. My wife is very particular about a 4×6” glass being exactly 4×6”. In my situation, I’d be scared that a little dust would build up under the lip and it would throw my cut off ever so slightly. Of course, if the channel was only 1/16” or so, I guess it may help. But then again, would a channel that small even help at all?

-- Patrick, Mississippi

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#5 posted 02-11-2016 07:29 AM

It all depends… a little bit of dust between the edge of the plexi glass (or wood) and the fence will throw of the angle. But by how much? Probably very little, and in most cases neglectable.
I actually forgot to cut a dust channel into my miter-gage fence, and I have had no trouble. I like to keep things very clean though… a drafting brush is great for this purpose.

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