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Project by George_SA posted 06-12-2012 10:14 AM 1406 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.
George

-- There are some things that money can't buy - Manners, morals and integrity





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 06-12-2012 12:53 PM

Nice work, just made one a while ago as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 06-12-2012 01:12 PM

It’s good to see how you have improvised to create something that meets your needs. We often over engineer things because the component parts are readily available. Well done!
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#3 posted 06-12-2012 02:34 PM

It’s good to see how you have improvised to create something that meets your needs. We often over engineer things because the component parts are readily available. Well done!
Jim

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 06-12-2012 09:20 PM

Nice sled. I have been thinking about a small one like that. Thanks for reminding me!!....................Jim

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

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#5 posted 06-13-2012 03:17 AM

George
That is a nice sled build from what have you .
Great job .

Kiefer

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