Tablesaw Upgraded

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Project by clieb91 posted 11-12-2010 04:31 AM 3108 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well thanks to Steve Ramsey’s latest video over at Mere Mortals, I decided to just finally go ahead and build a tablesaw sled for my little Ryobi. I have been pushing this around for some time, as you can see I even went out and bought a new blade for the saw, which was a fantastic upgrade. Since buying and installing the new blade it has improved greatly. The next step was the sled. Here is my version of Steve’s, I had all the components on hand.
The base is 1/2” mdf 24×30, the fences are pine which I had available, mostly from the culled lumber rack. and the stop block is built with some pieces from my old router table. The runners are 1/4” plywood just like Steve used. Everything seems to work great,I am very happy with the cuts I have made and look forward to putting it to good use.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#1 posted 11-12-2010 05:02 AM

I watched that video too. I like the simplicity of the design and will probably make one when I finish my TS upgrade. I see that you bought a Freud blade. I don’t know if you have a Woodcraft in your area but the one closest to me is having a black friday sale and they will be selling Freud 10” blades for $35. Usually I can’t afford to buy them. In this case I can’t afford not to. Enjoy the upgrades.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#2 posted 11-12-2010 05:14 AM

Thats a nice upgrade, great job.

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#3 posted 11-12-2010 08:42 PM

I also followed Steve’s design. My only concern was that the T slots were quite shallow, and on my small top, there was a tendency for the sled to tip up if pressure was applied to the user’s end.
As the saw is now obsolete, I was unable to obtain any of the T bar used on the mitre attachment – which I was reluctant to cannibalise.
After considering some options, I ended up screwing some 2 inch lengths of 1/16th brass strip to the undersides of the ‘forward’ parts of the guides, the strips being just narrower than the wider part of the T slots. I let these into short rebates on the bottom of the guides, cut using my table router, and it took only one change of cut depth to remove any upward movement of the guides in their slots. Result – no tipping. But the sled has to be ‘inserted’ rather than dropped in from above.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#4 posted 11-13-2010 12:06 AM

Thanks for the comments guys.
nobuckle- wish I would have known about that sale a week or two ago. I did at least use my birthday coupon so I did not pay full price. For that price though I may just buy one for my miter and circular saws.
Don- sounds like a good solution. I just saw the new version of my saw at HD last night and it is now using t-tracks for its miter, fortunatly mine did not.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 11-14-2010 04:52 PM

Nice sled.
Steve comes up with alot of good ideas.
Excellent choice in blades… I bought a Freud a while back and love it.
Nice job!

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#6 posted 11-14-2010 05:02 PM

That should do the trick. Looks good.

-- Life is good.

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#7 posted 11-14-2010 07:10 PM

Nice and thanks for mentioning steve’s site. I had never been there.

-- Ron, Kutztown, PA "The reward is in the journey."

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