|Project by OutPutter||posted 01-13-2010 06:18 PM||18607 views||27 times favorited||35 comments|
I started out with a cheap Craftsman table saw when I got the woodworking bug because my budget was very limited. Unfortunately, accuracy on one of these saws is elusive. I tried desperately to create runners for the bottom of the sled but to no avail. Craftsman cheapies don’t have standard width miter slots. They have little pieces jutting out to help track the cheap miter guage too. Did I mention cheap? Ironically, to create the runners, you nead an accurate way to rip the wood and the saw wouldn’t cooperate. I was about to give up when I got the idea that I could put the runners along the side of the sled instead of underneath. Because of the extension wings on my particular model, I was able to create two parallel paths for the runners by capturing them between the wings and the table saw. To my surprise, the blade and sides were very closely aligned when I bought the saw. The sled itself is made from MDF and two pieces of pallet wood. I’ve since upgraded to a Ridgid contractor’s saw but, I thought this design might be useful to others just starting out.