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Project by DonH posted 890 days ago 3812 views 24 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently upgraded my table saw and decided to improve the safety of using it. I prefer to rip on my bandsaw when capacity allows so the table saw is primarilly for cross cuts.

I added a cross cut sled, outfeed table and overhead safety equipment storage (sort of in your face – no excuse not use the right gear).

The sled is fully enclosed and has dust collection through an overhead system using ABS plumbing parts. the travel of the sled is limited in both directions, back by the riving knife which I leave in place and forward by bench dogs in the outfeed table as shown. The blade is impossible to touch at any time – even the slots cut out of the clear plastic cover at the fence end (they are to accomodate stops) do not allow you to touch the blade even if you try. The blade is always contained within the sled structure.

Not a very big project but I thought it may be of some interest.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario





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WVTODD

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#1 posted 890 days ago

Nice design and i like the magical flotting organizer shelf.

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#2 posted 889 days ago

Interesting sled.

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#3 posted 889 days ago

I love it. When a safety device becomes a non-PIA device, then it surely WILL get used. The “Adult Proof” Crosscut (wood not yourself) Safety Sled (APCSS)!! Even I may stay “finger full” & stitch free!

Thanks for sharing this!

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#4 posted 889 days ago

I can see you put a lot of thought into this station. Well done.

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#5 posted 889 days ago

WONDERFUL ingenuity, in making the use of table saw safe. I particularly like the clear plastic cover and duct collection system from the top of the cover. Thanks for sharing your project.

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#6 posted 889 days ago

That is a great idea. Any difficulty holding the workpiece with the plexi cover in place? As well, you appear to have a squirrel running down one of your teleposts in the “floating” shelf pic; does he clean up the shop after you leave?

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#7 posted 889 days ago

Looks like you’re limiting yourself to maybe a 6” board. What happens if you have a panel, say, 15” wide?

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#8 posted 889 days ago

Hi all – thanks for the interest.

Manitario – the “squirrel” is my bench brush, sharp eyes!!

Grantman – the capacity is 9” crosscut and you are right, if larger panels need to be cut I would not be able to use this sled, but probably could use the bandsaw and rip the crosscut. Cant have everything in any one package it seems.

Don

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 889 days ago

Very nicely done, Don.

Lee

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#10 posted 889 days ago

Hi Lee

Thanks – it was a fun project.

Don

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#11 posted 889 days ago

This is definitely going to the LJ’s top three! Thanks for posting!

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#12 posted 889 days ago

Thank you Stumpy

Don

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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rmoore

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#13 posted 889 days ago

Your design sucks… in a good way. I’ve never been a fan of the plastic cover but this serves a purpose other than keeping your fingers out of places you should know better to put them. Dust always blows out the slot in the back fence on my sled. This would help I’m sure. Favorited!

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DonH

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#14 posted 889 days ago

Hi Rmoore

Thanks for your unique observation – dust sucks as far as I am concerned and sliced fingers even more so!!

The plastic cover does a good job.

Don

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#15 posted 889 days ago

Just wondering how effective the overhead dust collection is. I wouldn’t expect it to be very good, so that’s why I am asking. Also, the overhead storage for safety devices is interesting, but I would worry about bumping into it and having something fall onto the saw in the middle of a cut. I think I am more inclined to make sure I am aware of what is going on and to think through what could go wrong with every cut before I make it when I am working at the TS, but to each his own. Thanks for posting.

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