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Project by indplswoodworking posted 03-18-2014 10:09 PM 4109 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am embarrassed to admit that after over 20 years of woodworking I have build my first table saw sled. It works amazing! The photo shows me clamping an irregular item onto the work-surface with stop-blocks to easily duplicate results. I watched several videos before tackling this project and simplified the design and construction. It measures roughly 24×48x4 and made from scraps of 1/2in and 3/4 plywood. My next jig will definitely be a angled sled for cutting 45 degree angles on the table saw.


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Robert Tidwell

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#1 posted 03-18-2014 10:11 PM

Very nice to see that you got around to making one :) I made my first one recently and can attest to how needed they can be!!

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#2 posted 03-18-2014 10:19 PM

Wow. 20 years?! Kudos to you doing things the hard way! Sleds are great and so useful.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#3 posted 03-18-2014 10:19 PM

Four feet!! That is a beast.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#4 posted 03-18-2014 10:38 PM

Sleds can make things a lot easier,This will probably be the first of many to come.I think I’m up to six so far.
Good job.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 03-18-2014 11:11 PM

Once you build one, you will probably want a better one, and that one will lead to another. I could be wrong, but I am going on my own experience.
I too waited far too long to build my first one, after all I have a nice miter saw, and I used to have a workable RAS, so I always thought I wouldn’t use a sled. Now I have couple of sleds the RAS was given away and the miter saw is only taken out for outside carpentry work.

-- Mel,

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#6 posted 03-18-2014 11:31 PM

ditto to what Mel said. Started with a cheap Ryobi RAS, but sold that 8 years ago. Built my first sled about 3 years ago, and I’m on my 3rd (1 for cross cut and 1 for dado blade ) Use them both all the time. I concur though that 4 feets a beast to be lifting on and off a lot. Gotta get your workouts any way you can I guess.


-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#7 posted 03-19-2014 01:18 AM

Let us know how things improve with its use

-- Norman

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#8 posted 03-19-2014 02:09 AM

I just got a new DeWalt 7480 TS. It beats the old Harbor Freight death trap I had. First thing I made was a cross cut sled. Second was a 45 degree sled. I like the clamp on yours. I think I’ll add that to mine.

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#9 posted 03-19-2014 08:36 AM

It was amazing that I worked with-out one as long as I did as well. Nice work on yours enjoy!

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

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#10 posted 03-19-2014 02:30 PM

Nice Nice
More picts pls of the hold down and its workings

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#11 posted 03-19-2014 02:55 PM


When you get ready to make a miter sled for angled cuts check out
This is a very well designed sled. I made mine about a year ago and I use the hell out of it.

P.S. I think you need a better handle; “indplswoodworking?” Or should we just call you Woody?

-- Randy in Crestview Florida, Wood Rocks!

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#12 posted 03-19-2014 04:30 PM

I wonder if a sled is necessary if you’ve got a good, accurate chop saw or radial arm saw. I have both, but use my chop saw all the time. It’s as accurate as I could want with my skills.

Looks nice though. Four feet wide!

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#13 posted 03-19-2014 10:12 PM

Thanks for the great feedback! I am going to start work on the mitre sled this weekend.

Thanks < randy in florida } for the plans . I will be using those measurements for my version.


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#14 posted 03-20-2014 02:57 PM

I feel like I should start EVERY posting here exactly like you did…

As for the sled, I too am a hold out. I’ve been needing one, but have been waiting to get back on my much missed cabinet saw. (Tucked away when new shop didn’t have the 220 power it needs). Contractor saw has been working ok for far too long now. Not IMPROVING it too much keeps me hungry to get the d@&n wiring done.

Gotta go do some d@$n wiring,

-- Jeff, eastern Wa

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#15 posted 03-21-2014 06:59 AM

Very Nice! & Well Done! Thanks For Posting.

-- Can You Hear The Toilet Flushing?

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