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Project by Will Stokes posted 04-10-2010 06:18 AM 7109 views 49 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At last, I’ve finally built a Super Sled. I used 3/4” ply for the base, UHMV plastic for the runners, and cherry with black walnut plugs for the fence, handle, rear support, miter attachments and miter attachment stop blocks. I opted to recess T-track into the rear fence for mounting a flip stop I picked up from Rockler. I still need to build an extension flip stop for the miter attachments but I’ll leave that for when it’s actually needed. For now I’ll primarily be using the sled for cross cutting. In fact I already have when making the last set of cutting boards and it was a blast. I suspect between my new drill press table with fence and the cross cut sled I’ll see my accuracy, repeatable, and overally safety go way up. Regarding safety, you’ll notice I decided to push the sled all the way forward once so the saw went through the handle in the full raised position. While using the sled this should never occur, but in case I ever get distracted I’m hoping that slit in the back will keep my aware of the danger zone. So long as I use the actual handle I should be in excellent shape.





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Rick Boyett

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#1 posted 04-10-2010 06:31 AM

Yea, I’d say that fits the definition of kick ass.. (^_^)

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ellen35

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#2 posted 04-10-2010 12:16 PM

very impressive

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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blockhead

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#3 posted 04-10-2010 01:25 PM

That is a sweet sled and on my to do list. Thanks for posting.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#4 posted 04-10-2010 01:49 PM

great work, i made one of these myself and it works good i grab for it everytime i need to do cross cuts.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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aldente

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#5 posted 04-10-2010 02:31 PM

Your probably not gonna take it off your table that much. I made one almost a year ago. It very seldom comes off the table. I have since made a tennoning jig and a spline jig. They both attach to the sled with the 1/4-20 knobs and bolts.

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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LSJ

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#6 posted 04-10-2010 02:33 PM

If you guys keep coming up with all of this bigger and better stuff I am going to need a bigger shop.

-- I like to turn

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Will Stokes

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#7 posted 04-10-2010 05:14 PM

I actually do find I take it off quite a bit actually – to do rips. I find I’m ripping more than cross cutting, but cross cutting is still very important. If I can manage it I aim to build a french cleat system for hanging it up on the wall later today, we’ll see.

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#8 posted 04-10-2010 06:06 PM

Wow!
Nice sled

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#9 posted 04-10-2010 09:15 PM

Hi Will, Great looking sled! I like the contrasting wood plugs in the screw holes – nice touch. It’s great to have nice jigs that you can take pride in how they and operate. Well done.
John

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY - http://www.EagleLakeWoodworking.com

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Routerisstillmyname

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#10 posted 04-10-2010 10:48 PM

Good work. You should attach a shield block to the tail end.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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Will Stokes

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#11 posted 04-11-2010 12:25 AM

@routerisstillmyname: I considered attaching some short of shield over the top, as I’ve seen others do, but ultimately decided against it. While I use hold downs for cross cutting small pieces, I often find I simply setup a stop block, then hold a piece against the back fence while pushing it across the table. I feel like a shield might get in my way too much, either my hands for placing and removing the wood, so I’ve opted not to do that for now. I try to always watch where my hands are, keep them well out of the way, and worst case scenario I do have a brake on the blade to back me up! :-)

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#12 posted 04-11-2010 03:25 AM

These sure come in handy. Nice build.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#13 posted 04-11-2010 05:15 AM

this is a fine looking table saw sled… nicely built and multi-functional…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#14 posted 04-11-2010 03:48 PM

One word ….. “Awesome!”

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#15 posted 04-12-2010 08:32 AM

Man o man!!!

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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