Table saw sled

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I made this large sled because I have a cabinet job coming up that will require cross cutting a lot of large pieces of materials. Its over all length is 6 feet, and its depth is 27”. The fence is made out of three layers of 3/4” MDF. Its over all length is 4 feet, it’s 5” tall at the center and tapers down to 3”. I tapered the sled so that it would be heavy on the fence side. This way when your at the end of a cut the sled does not want to tip off the table saw.

The sled moves nicely, with no play in the runners. I did a four cut method to set the fence, and i have it consistently making square cuts that are within a few hundredths of an inch. I will have to admit that it is really large and heavy. I think that a sled any bigger would be dangerous and difficult to use.

-- D.A Winograsky

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#1 posted 1043 days ago

Nice job. Sure looks thick.

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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#2 posted 1043 days ago

Nice job! I like how you tapered the base so it’s back heavy.
I made mine 3/4 thick, too. Just using what I had available, which was originally on a mobile base that came with my drill press. Due to the odd shape of the plywood base, I cut bevels on the ends of the fence to match (I think it makes it look a little bit greene and greene). I only put a fence/brace on the backside so that I could let wider stock hang off the front (then flip to finish the cut). This also makes storage a little easier, as it will slide into much tighter spaces. The kerf through the base ends about 4” from the front of the sled, so no front brace/fence is needed.

-- Jesse --

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#3 posted 1043 days ago

D.A., Looks like an extremely functional and useful tool.
You win the ‘monster sled’ award too!

Love the rear weight bias too, thanks for the idea.

-- Smitty

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#4 posted 1043 days ago

Well done!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 1043 days ago

Good job on the sled. Looks like it will do the job for your cabinets. Maybe we should all be cutting out holes in our sleds to make them lighter and easier to handle. It works for aircraft. As the wood that is cut doesn’t actually move on the sled, so the holes really won’t be doing anything to the wood pieces as it passes the saw.

-- Tim The Toolman Dayton, Ohio

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 1043 days ago

Wow, that is one nice sturdy sled…...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 1043 days ago

Darth Vader’s crosscut sled! Very cool.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#8 posted 1042 days ago

Very large, nice and solid looking sled. Looks like it takes 2 people to move it.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#9 posted 1018 days ago

What is the “four cut method” for setting the fence?

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Don Broussard

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#10 posted 739 days ago

Good thinking on the weight bias. Stupid question: with 9/4” on the sled bottom, doesn’t that limit the thickness of cuts to about 7/8”?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#11 posted 739 days ago

No, the base of the sled is only 3/4” thick.

-- D.A Winograsky

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