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Project by indplswoodworking posted 128 days ago 3420 views 3 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 128 days ago

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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josh

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#2 posted 128 days ago

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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jumbojack

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#3 posted 128 days ago

Four feet!! That is a beast.

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

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 128 days ago

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.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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jeepturner

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#5 posted 128 days ago

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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Scott Oldre

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#6 posted 128 days ago

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

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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NormG

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#7 posted 128 days ago

Let us know how things improve with its use

-- Norman

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bit101

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#8 posted 128 days ago

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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Ken90712

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#9 posted 128 days ago

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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abie

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#10 posted 128 days ago

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

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

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RandyinFlorida

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#11 posted 128 days ago

indplswoodworking,

When you get ready to make a miter sled for angled cuts check out http://www.woodsmithshop.com/download/511/table-saw-miter-sled.pdf
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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LJackson

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#12 posted 127 days ago

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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indplswoodworking

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#13 posted 127 days ago

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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jeffwedekind

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#14 posted 127 days ago

Indy,
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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Rick

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#15 posted 126 days ago

Very Nice! & Well Done! Thanks For Posting.

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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