|Project by Robsshop||posted 04-05-2010 08:38 AM||19439 views||226 times favorited||61 comments|
OK, You are on a deserted Island with a table saw of your choice(long extension cord) and enough material to make one fixture/jig of your choosing ! What do You do? My choice has to be a cross-cut sled. I have researched and built several types and sizes over the years, but to date, this one is My favorite! The base is constructed of 1/2” MDF and uses aluminum adjustable runners. The front miter rail is made up of hard maple/birch ply laminated together and the back rail is poplar fashioned with hand grips for easier on/off transporting. Both rails are fitted with aluminum tracks to add reinforcement and for various features such as a removable/adjustable Lexon shield covering the full length of cut. Also for safety,are the finger guards made of BLOODWOOD (pun intended)! One of My favorite features on this sled is the use of MAG BLOCKS in tandem with a metal strip inlaid down the right side of blades cut. I installed a self stick measuring tape allowing me 20” of quick, accurate and safe stop block capabilities, quick and repeatable cuts every time! I also have made different fixtures that are anchored down to the base with the Mag Blocks(#6 pic) that comes in handy as well ! In the 2cd to last pic You can see My adjustable side extension support rail that I designed into the front TS fence tube and I use it when cutting longer boards. It also comes in handy with cutting sheet goods as it can be adjusted to any length up to approx. 48+ inchs. Well that’s pretty much it, If You don’t have a Sled do your self a favor and take the plunge, it is well worth it IMO ! Thanks for taking a look and be safe!.......ROB
Also for those interested in the side extension support I put together a blog with the details .
-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)