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Mikey's Table Saw Sled

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Project by MT_Stringer posted 03-14-2013 03:32 AM 3407 views 22 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished building a table saw sled for my new table saw. It is the second one I have built and it was a lot easier than the first one.

I made the runners out of some scrap oak I had laying around. The sled base is cut from a piece of 1/2 inch Baltic Birch. The front and back fence were re-purposed from the old sled.

This sled has a new feature that I am really liking. It seems lately my projects need the boards cut to length up to about 34 inches so I made a stop block that will extend to allow for cuts up to 36 inches. I drilled holes every 4 inches so I can position the stop block as needed…even on the right side of the blade if needed.

I also made a simple stop block but I am already loving the longer stop block.

Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas





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fstellab

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#1 posted 03-14-2013 04:33 AM

That is a beautiful work of art.

I am trying to do some thing very similar, I need a table saw sled for very
accurate ripping. The boards I will be ripping are no longer than 36” to at the most 48”.

There are only a few ripping sleds I have seen. Your stop block system is / was the missing part.
Its exactly what I needed, thanks

I think your sled would do it.

-- Fred Stellabotte (kamado@comcast.net)

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Blender

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#2 posted 03-14-2013 04:56 AM

Nice sled
Did you mill your own track on the fence, or is that a manufactured piece?
I also like the stop bar.
I plan on using your good ideas if you don’t mind.
Keep up the good work.
Mike

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jeff

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#3 posted 03-14-2013 08:33 AM

nice addition to your shop…thx for posting…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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MT_Stringer

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#4 posted 03-14-2013 03:17 PM

Thanks for the kudos. I was hoping others would benefit from the extendable stop block. It works great for me.

@Blender – the track came from either Rockler or Woodcraft. I forgot which. Both of the stores are local to me…about 20 miles or so. The track is made for 1/4 inch bolts.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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revwarguy

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#5 posted 03-14-2013 06:33 PM

Love the idea of the long stop block. How thick material will that work on?

-- "72.6 per cent of all statistics are made up on the spot." - Steven Wright

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MT_Stringer

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#6 posted 03-14-2013 06:49 PM

” How thick material will that work on?”

A regular 2×4 will lay flat under it.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Cory

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#7 posted 03-14-2013 08:08 PM

sweet stop block idea. I may have to steal that!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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MT_Stringer

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#8 posted 03-14-2013 09:14 PM

“sweet stop block idea. I may have to steal that!”

Yes sir, be my guest. I am just paying back to the many ideas others have posted that have inspired me.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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whitebeast88

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#9 posted 03-14-2013 10:25 PM

very nice sled,love the stop block set-up.
i just bought a new ts also and i still have to build a new sled.
thanks for sharing.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Jerry

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#10 posted 03-16-2013 12:00 PM

I have a sled with a cam style clamp that has been very good to me, but your long & short stop block is going to be added this weekend.
Thanks for sharing a great idea!!

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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PJ72

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#11 posted 06-17-2013 03:00 AM

Very nice. This one of the projects still on my to do list. I will be studying this design closely when it comes time. Thanks, this is a great project.

-- PJ

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steliart

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#12 posted 06-25-2013 07:13 PM

what a lovely sled!!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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freddyaudiophile

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#13 posted 07-22-2013 12:39 AM

What are the rough dimensions of the sled and the 2 fences?

-- freddyaudiophile, Fredericton, NB, Canada

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MT_Stringer

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#14 posted 07-22-2013 02:01 AM

@Freddie -

  • Bed – 30” Wide x 25” Deep; 10 inches to the right of the blade
  • Front fence – 3 1/4 inches High. Next one will be a little higher so 2×4 material will easily clear the track.
  • Back fence – 14 inches Wide x 3 inches High
  • Stop block extension – 24 inches – could be 28 If I make another one, it will be 28 inches long. It will still store inside the sled and not stick out.

Hope this helps.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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keith45377

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#15 posted 09-09-2013 06:22 PM

mike thanks for including the dimensions, looks great

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