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Project by kiefer posted 11-09-2011 05:24 AM 3291 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a prototype sled and sled travel stop I have come up with .
I needed a second smaller sled for cutting boxes etc. and use it for mitres .
This sled has a double bottom with the lower one having the runners attached and the top one sliding side to side to accommodate different saw blade width end tilting of the blade and making zero clearence possible at all settings .
The upper panels are sliding and held in place by the front and rear fences and are also easily replaced with new once as required ,

The throat plate inserts are also zero clearence and I made several for different tilt settings and saw blades.
When I first used the sled I pushed the sled too far and the blade cut slightly thru the guard box at the rear and I decided it was time to put a travel stop on all my sleds that I would notice and are individual to each sled and stay attached to each sled and are easily attached and removed .
What you see in the pics is a non proven prototype that I will further refine but it seems to work so far.
The strap stops the sled at the right point of travel and also retracts nicely with the attached stretch band and also keeps the sled from tipping of the rear of the saw .
Any comments on improvement of this safety device or the sled as such are welcome .
Remember this is a non proven sled and may have some hidden issues .
If you build a sled or any part there of based on this design I take no responsibility for design or materials used , you will be at your own risk.

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 11-09-2011 07:13 AM

Nice idea!

I am a big fan of travel stops. I have a version that uses the outfeed table for the stop. I have seen another one here that uses a stop on the side of the saw. The strap looks like it could work as well.

Something nice about a sled that stops before the blade comes out.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 11-09-2011 08:15 AM


-- Ben L

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#3 posted 11-09-2011 10:57 AM

Great idea, this should work well.

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

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#4 posted 11-09-2011 01:01 PM

Clever ideas!

My mum used to wear stays, but not like this! LOL

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#5 posted 11-09-2011 02:48 PM

I like the idea of the replaceable inserts for varying blades and cut angles. All too often I have made a sled only to have the accuracy go when I change blades. Good idea and well done on the disclaimer!

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#6 posted 11-09-2011 03:10 PM

Seems like a nice easy fix.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 11-09-2011 04:55 PM

This is absolutely ingenious. Simple but so effective! My biggest issue with sleds is the potential SURPRISE when the blade protrudes out the back. This is the first travel stop I’ve seen for a sled and I love it!
I applaude your use of a disclaimer but I condemn the need for one. I will keep my rant short. Since no one will accept responsibility for their own actions and lawyers and the legal system will prey on ANY scape goat, the willingness for people to even present an idea is being squashed. Sure, someone could use a piece spaghetti for the strap then point what they have left of a finger at you but the true blame lyes with the user / modifier of the idea. I mentioned short, so I’ll stop now.
GREAT idea and simple safety feature. Thank you for posting and not hiding your light under a basket!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#8 posted 11-10-2011 05:45 AM

Great idea. I need to add something like that to my own sled.
Thanks for posting.


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

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#9 posted 11-23-2011 05:53 AM

You are on to something here. I need to do this.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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