Table saw sled

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Project by vinceuk posted 07-27-2011 12:11 AM 2577 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having bought myself a table saw, I soon came to realize that the miter gage they give you is just down right poor and next to useless so a cross cut sled was the way to go. Having searched the web for inspiration and lots of ideas on this site this was the design I came up with real basic but it did the job although being stored in a not very sealed garage in the damp mancunian climate it now needs a bit of a rethink as when I came to use it again it wont slide smoothly at all?

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Tim Kindrick

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#1 posted 07-27-2011 01:02 AM

Have you tried waxing the the runners and bottom? Or you can apply some slip-it and it will slide on anything!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#2 posted 07-27-2011 01:14 AM

I did try waxing it but to no avail, it seams like to whole thing has swelled including the runners i put two on one for each miter slot made of MDF? i was thinking of getting some of that UHM plastic

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#3 posted 07-27-2011 01:18 AM

The plastic will work fine(that’s what I use) or use a good hardwood like oak or maple.

-- Life is good.

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#4 posted 07-27-2011 01:33 AM

UHM plastic is great because it won’t swell but you can also use quartersawn oak.

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#5 posted 07-27-2011 03:30 AM

Hey Vince -

Try metal runners – after using them it is all I use on my crosscut sleds. I’ve used both the Incra and Kreg versions – I liked the Kreg better because it was easier to adjust to the miter slot width. It has nylon set screws which adjust in and out to hold the runner snug in the slot. Here are links to both:



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#6 posted 07-27-2011 05:01 AM

Need to add a safety tail block.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#7 posted 03-15-2016 01:52 AM

Definitely use something besides MDF for the runners. And do seal up the rest of the sled. It will absorb water and then will never go back to where it was.

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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