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Project by Wade Putnam posted 1033 days ago 4304 views 26 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got around to building a table saw sled, after studying different designs from other LumberJocks, You Tube Postings and magazine articles. Picked the things I liked about each design and added a few ideas of my own.
Built from scrap material, with the biggest investment being the Incra Miter Bars and Kreg track. The stop block is walnut.
I painted the area where the saw blade exits the sled yellow for safety and created a see through guard from a inverted storage bin. I mounted window pulls for easier moving the sled on and off the table saw.

-- Wade, Nashville, www.mcgconstructs.com





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Neville

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#1 posted 1033 days ago

That’s a monster sled Wade – nice job. Couple of questions: 1) how did you calibrate the sled (make sure it was 90 degrees) and 2) does that kerf run all the way through the far end of the sled (it seems from the first photo that it does not)?

Thanks!
Neville

-- Neville, Calgary AB

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ChuckC

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#2 posted 1033 days ago

wow, great sled!

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EandS

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#3 posted 1033 days ago

Window pulls for easy moving is the best idea I have seen on a large jig yet. I will defenitly add this idea to me crosscut sled I use for boxes

-- ~ eandscarpentryandwoodworking.com ~

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jeff

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#4 posted 1033 days ago

thats one dandy of a table saw sled…i like the idea of the window pulls…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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steliart

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#5 posted 1033 days ago

Very nice sled with cool fetures, thx :)

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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Woodbridge

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#6 posted 1033 days ago

Since joining LJs and seeing people’s cross-cut sleds I’m planning to build a sled as one of my future projects. Like you I have been searching the interenet and other LJ projects. Thanks for posting and sharing your ideas. Its so helpful to see what others have been able to do.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Norman1

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#7 posted 1033 days ago

Great sled. I like the integration of creative ideas.

-- Michael A. Norman

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Wade Putnam

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#8 posted 1033 days ago

The bolts are connected to threaded inserts, so adjustment of the sled fence to the saw fence can be accomplished by loosening the bolts, square the sled fence to the saw fence and tighten.
On the kerf, it hasn’t gone through the front fence yet, since I haven’t cut anything that wide yet, but it does go all the way through the rear fence.

-- Wade, Nashville, www.mcgconstructs.com

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TheDane

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#9 posted 1033 days ago

Wade—Terrific idea! The window pulls are a great way to make sure hands are well clear of the blade path.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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mark76wa

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#10 posted 1032 days ago

I have to remake my Xcut sled because my fence is off. I was 90 at some point during assembly but now that the glue is dry, it’s off by about 1.5 degrees. Maybe I try the bolt and threaded inserts approach next time.

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Wade Putnam

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#11 posted 1032 days ago

Look at David Pruett’s web site: Folding Rule.blogspot.com for a good plan which I used for the bases of my sled. You can see how the bolts and threaded inserts allow for the squaring of the sled.

-- Wade, Nashville, www.mcgconstructs.com

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JamesVavra

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#12 posted 1031 days ago

That’s a really nice sled – I may have to steal parts of that for my new one.

RE: Calibration

Mark has a good calibration method shown in his x-cut sled video: http://thewoodwhisperer.com/the-cross-cut-sled/

James

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Ty

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#13 posted 1025 days ago

Great job!

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felkadelic

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#14 posted 1025 days ago

Looks like a very nice sled. Any plans for a hold-down of some sort?

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Wade Putnam

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#15 posted 1025 days ago

I have been thinking about how and what I want as hold downs.
I will post whatever I do!

-- Wade, Nashville, www.mcgconstructs.com

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