|Project by Kevin May||posted 02-22-2012 03:05 AM||3336 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
For my first table saw sled, I went for BIG. After researching LJ’s for ideas for sleds and thinking about the projects I would be using the sled for, I thought a single large sled would fit my needs best. Dimensions are 26” between front and back rails and 32” to the left of the blade. Using 6/4 soft maple for the front fail, I mounted it with 4×5/16” carriage bolts for easy alignment. Using the 5 cut squaring method, I found to be out .010” over about 80”, so I made no adjustment. The bottom is 3/4 MDF and the back rail is 2 laminated pieces of 3/4” plywood.
Now for the required adjustment. The sled is so big, that when the front rail aligns with the center of the blade, the amount of sled off the table is more than is on the table, so the sled tips off the back of the saw. For space and time reasons, I couldn’t add a normal table extension, so I needed a quick solution. The solution I found was to add a single steel bar protruded off the back of the table. The bar extends about 10” from the back of the table and works great to support the sled. The 10” extension is not much beyond the exposed motor, so it doesn’t take up any real space.
Thanks for looking.
-- Kevin May "Making wood useful and fun!" www.kevinmaywoodworks.com