Let's go Sledding

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Project by darryl posted 09-01-2007 07:32 PM 2168 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built my first table saw sled today.
I used scraps that I’ve had laying around for a while (which explains the roundish sled base).
I’m going to add some braces for 45 degree angles also.

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#1 posted 09-01-2007 08:22 PM

I need to make a good crosscut sled for my saw. Perhaps you can explain your build process a little bit.

-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas

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#2 posted 09-01-2007 08:24 PM

An indispensible addition to a table saw. That ought to handle a good size cross cut too. Love the shape.


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#3 posted 09-01-2007 08:28 PM

Resourceful! Was that a tabletop at one time?

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#4 posted 09-01-2007 08:56 PM

Nice work I need to make some stuff like this soon as well, keep working hard

-- Jeff B.

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#5 posted 09-01-2007 11:52 PM

That’s good; keep an eye on the rear fence (the one nearest you) and make sure it stays square over time as that’s the one you’ll use most often. That piece is a little thinner than many of us use.

Also, please take an offcut from a 2” x 4” and attach it to the back of the sled so that the blade is always buried in wood. As it is now, the blade can come thru your sled and touch flesh. I know you never mean for that to happen, but why even take the chance? ;-)


-- Gary, Florida.

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#6 posted 09-02-2007 01:05 AM

I love it when the scrap wood is very useful. It looks great.

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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#7 posted 09-02-2007 01:07 AM

Thanks everyone.
I started by first fitting the runners to the miter slots of my saw keeping them real tight. Next I attached the base. Then came the shorter piece of oak that sits in the front. I put this on first to prevent the base board from moving while I raised my blade up through the base so I could use the saw curve to be sure the backer board was aligned well enough to give me accurate cross cuts.

Adding the piece of 2×4 to the backer board is a good idea, I’ve got some scraps that I can use for that.

I’ve wanted to make one of these for a while now, and I’m really impressed with how it works. I might actually be improving!!

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#8 posted 12-02-2007 07:03 AM

Thanks for the explaination on building the sled. I have been looking at several diagrams on sleds but none of these explains the 1,2,3 on how to do it. P.S. I made it out for the Pumpkin Festival this year.

-- Kip, Shasta County, California "The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up."--Ogden's Law

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#9 posted 02-06-2008 12:08 PM

Interesting design.

-- Jiri

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#10 posted 06-13-2008 01:17 PM

nice job on the sled.

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