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Seems to be the season for sleds

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Got a table saw a couple months ago and this is my first attempt of a not-so-super miter sled. Built it on the cheap with just what I had on hand. 3/4 fir plywood, doug fir fences and accessories, 1/4” carriage bolts, polypropylene runners.

-- Visualize whirled peas





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rmac

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#1 posted 12-22-2011 12:05 AM

Please, please, please put a guard of some kind on the backside of the fence that encloses the blade at the end of the cut. It will cost you nothing, and is a lot better than losing one of your thumbs to a moment of inattention.

Do it now!

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/

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canadianchips

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#2 posted 12-22-2011 01:02 AM

Nice looking sled, I see you cut your own T channel. Feels good to make one’s own things.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#3 posted 12-22-2011 01:33 AM

Very nice sled . I never would have thought to use cabinet handles . well done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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prez

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#4 posted 12-22-2011 03:50 AM

Hey, hadn’t seen those handles, what a great idea! I’m putting them on my sled !!

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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Viking

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#5 posted 12-22-2011 03:52 AM

+1 on Russ’ safety tip.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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muleskinner

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#6 posted 12-22-2011 05:05 AM

The handles came about because I shove it under my work bench when I’m not using it. It fits perfectly under there. So perfectly that it was hard to retrieve it when I wanted. So I figured a handle would be useful. Then I figured two handles would be twice as useful. And they keep my thumbs occupied and out of the kerf line.
They came from a recycled building material store that happens to be my closest ‘hardware’ store and the first place I stop when I’m looking for geegaws and doodads. Got a passel of ‘em for 10 cents a piece. They were pretty ugly to start but shined up to a nice shiny brass.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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ALA_Pete

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#7 posted 12-22-2011 05:26 AM

Inexpensive it may have been – doesn’t look cheap to me. Accuracy is what matters. Good job!!!

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Milo

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#8 posted 12-22-2011 08:07 PM

Me likie the handles too… ;)

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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Claymation

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#9 posted 12-23-2011 02:55 AM

What did you make the “polypropylene runners” out of? Do they slide well?

-- Clay (Master Kindler) ~ Central VA

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muleskinner

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#10 posted 12-23-2011 02:19 PM

Claymation – the runners were from an old cutting board I stole out of the kitchen. They slide very nicely and smoothly. One thing I found was I had to shave them down a little on either side of the screws since torquing them down appeared to swell them a skosh where the screws penetrated. I guess you could consider that a bug or a feature.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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HorizontalMike

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#11 posted 12-25-2011 12:43 AM

This is the second sled that I have recently seem where T-slots were routed. Good job. I really need to by a T-slot bit for the router. I have already spent too much on fancy Aluminum T-track and need to start saving the bucks.

I like the handles as well, but have just one suggestion stick a fence/board to block the blade cut-through slot so you don’t accidentally let your hand slide THAT direction during a cut. Just sayin’...

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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OldKranky

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#12 posted 01-11-2012 05:23 AM

I like the T track design you used for the stop and the home made knobs.. Great job!

-- Better looking at it than for it....

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