|Project by George_SA||posted 06-12-2012 10:14 AM||1406 views||3 times favorited||5 comments|
My old sled has finally reached the end of its useful life after many years of faithful service.
I have been meaning to build a new one for quite some time now as it has become impossible to make a cut resembling squareness. My table saw only has one miter slot which is quite shallow and a big sled does not work well with that. I need to add some sliding rails to the saw which is a future project. My table saw is one that my wife’s granfather made may years ago (see my blog on it) I also want to add an extension table and a rip fence that will allow me to cut wider boards.
However I need something for crosscuts in the meantime and since most of the work is on small items I decided to make a small sled for the mean time from odds and ends available in my shop. The sled can cut boards up to 200 mm (almost 8 inches) which will be fine for about 80% of my work.
As T track is not available where I live, I had to make my own.
I used some aluminium angle, but I am not 100% happy with the end result. It works for now, but next time I will try something else. I also made my own knobs for the stop (see image 4). I had to epoxy a block on the end of the nut to keep it from turning when fastening the stop. The stop has a flip piece on either side to prevent kickback.
To align the fence I used a method that I saw on the internet (I am not sure where anymore). I used my dial guage as can be seen in the following two pictures:
Well, at least I can square again :-)
Thanks for watching. All comments will be welcomed.
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