Table Saw Sled for my Ryobi RTS20

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Project by Trev_Batstone posted 913 days ago 6986 views 7 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I built this table saw sled for my new Ryobi table saw. As you can see in photo #3, the mitre slots on this saw have an upper holding ledge on the top of the mitre slots, thus I had to make small rabbit cuts on my wooden rails for the sled. I got them (rails) perfected and fitting nicely. The sled was made with available materials on hand. The bottom is 3/4” MDF. The front and rear verticals were glued and screwed to the bed, and a couple of cross slats attached for added securement to the sled. I dowelled and glued a safety stop block to the outer rear vertical board (Photo #2). The bottom of the wooden rails have been waxed with candle wax and the sled slides nicely without any side wobble or slack, and the front board rail is truley square to the blade. I had full intentions of routing a T-slot to add a stop block for materials, but my dementia set in during the construction, and I already had the vertical board glued to the bed before I realized that I forgot to rout the T-slot, however, clamping a stop block for cutting any identical length pieces of stock will suffice. Hopefully I will be giving the sled a workout tomorrow.


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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#1 posted 913 days ago

Nice table saw Trev… This is something I need to build again soon. My last one (a quickly put together version) broke when I dropped it a few weeks ago. You don’t realize how handy they are until it is not there anymore.

-- 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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#2 posted 913 days ago

I use a Mitre Express but need to make a sled as well.. thinking of an angled one..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#3 posted 913 days ago

One of the nicest I’ve ever seen. How do you like that Ryobi saw. I’m in the market for a new table saw and can’t spend a mint.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#4 posted 913 days ago

Nice looking sled great job.

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#5 posted 913 days ago

Nice job on the sled Trev. I had a Ryobi for several years and built a lot of stuff with it. I don’t know why people bad mouth them. Get it set up perfectly, add a cheap Diablo blade, and you are good to go.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 913 days ago

Trev that’s a really nice looking sled. My craftsman tablesaw has the same miter slots also and there such a pain in the butt. Once my sled was done I added some wax to the rails and it now slides with one finger and smooth as a baby butt.

-- An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin

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#7 posted 913 days ago

Good job Trev
Is the bridge for some safety glass ?
Glad you have found the saw that suits the size you need .


-- Kiefer 松

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#8 posted 913 days ago

Nice table saw sled. I’ve got one on my to do list as well and hope to get to it soon. thanks for sharing yours.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Paul Pomerleau

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#9 posted 913 days ago

Beautiful sled.
I really like your design.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#10 posted 913 days ago

kiefer.. the two cross slats that form the bridge is just for added support and stability for the sled. I suppose one could insert a piece of plexiglass between the slats, but I don’t really see it as a necessity, I always wear safety glasses when operating my power tools. Oh.. and I made a few extra sets of wooden rails/runners while I was at it, as I need to revamp my spline jig for the fence on this saw and I also have to make a new mitre cutting jig for this table saw.


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#11 posted 913 days ago

Nice job. I have dedicated sleds for different operations and find them to be very valuable.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#12 posted 913 days ago

Great sled

-- Norman

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#13 posted 913 days ago

nice looking sled…im new to woodworking and i recently built one to cut large panels for shop cabinets…im amazed on how well it performs for accuracy/safety…Jeff

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#14 posted 913 days ago

Nice setup. Excellent work around on the T slot miter slots…

How do you like that RTS-20? I had a BTS-21 and liked it, but moved up to a BT3100 and am very happy with it…

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#15 posted 913 days ago

Nice Sled!

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette

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