Panel sled

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Project by mIps posted 08-02-2013 04:19 PM 2101 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Doing some catchup on small projects I’ve made over the last couple of weeks. Nothing major but still, might provide inspiration somewhere. This is my panel-cutting sled. I think the base is MDF although if it is I have no idea where I would have gotten it because I have never bought MDF. The braceing piece is particle board glued and screed to the MDF. The runner is poplar. I had some door handles left over from when I took apart my wall cabinets so I attached them to this. I like it. The runner on this unfortunately cracked when I attached it so it needs to be replaced and, when I replace it, I’m going to make sure it runs all the way to the front of the sled and maybe just a little past as, right now, the front of the sled is a bit wobbly. Nothin’ pretty, but it works.

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#1 posted 08-02-2013 05:22 PM

I have the same table saw and built a similar sled. Do you have some way to balance the sled when cutting a wide panel (e.g. > 18”)? The table on the R4510 is so small, I have to balance the sled manually while positioning the workpiece. Not safe. Did you build an auxiliary table, or use a roller stand, or…?


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#2 posted 08-02-2013 10:32 PM

Schuft, I hear you on the table size for the 4510. I am currently building some cabinets that will be my infeed / outfeed tables but, until they are done, I’m doing the same as you, balancing the best I can until the table will support the sled. That’s one of the reasons I chose to use the type of handles I did. They allow me to hold the sled up, not just push. Thanks for looking.

-- Be honest, honorable, kind, work hard, and generally be awesome.

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#3 posted 08-03-2013 06:26 PM

I built a large panel sled for my 4510 and extend the table whenever I use it. Check out my Shop Tomfoolery album to see it. I also build a smaller sled for doing smaller work.

I am not sure if you extend your extension when you use your panel sled or not…

-- freddyaudiophile, Fredericton, NB, Canada

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