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Table Saw Sled, Large size required table support extension

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Project by Kevin May posted 02-22-2012 03:05 AM 2547 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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Eric in central Florida

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#1 posted 02-22-2012 03:14 AM

I don’t think there’s too many cutting jobs that won’t be able to handle.
Nice job !

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#2 posted 02-22-2012 03:27 AM

Wow, massive!!!! Love your Craftsman saw!

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#3 posted 02-22-2012 03:33 AM

That IS a SUPER SLED!

My tought for my future crosscut sled is to build a sled capable of 24” cross cuts. Looks like yours will handle that nicely. I think I may also want a smaller, easier to handle sled, for smaller stock.

As they say; Go ”BIG” or go home!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 02-22-2012 04:10 AM

Oh yeah.

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#5 posted 02-22-2012 04:22 AM

Nice sled!!!!!!!!.........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 02-22-2012 04:27 AM

Go Big or Go Home! Nice sled, I have a similar Craftsman table-saw, except mines over 20 years old, I cant believe I have not killed it yet.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#7 posted 02-22-2012 05:53 AM

Thar’s a big one alright . That’s going to be a great asset in your shop, now you have another 3 or 4 sleds to go.

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#8 posted 02-22-2012 08:24 AM

there’s a table saw under that :)

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#9 posted 02-22-2012 02:05 PM

There’s lot of real estate on that sled. Now just pack up the sled and send it to me. I have the same saw and it’ll fit. And don’t forget the extension bar.
Good job.

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#10 posted 02-22-2012 09:26 PM

nice sled great job

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#11 posted 03-07-2012 06:07 AM

Thats cool

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