Simple Jigs and Techniques #9: Table Saw Sled Mod for ShopSmith

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 11-11-2014 08:40 PM 4401 reads 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just posted my new table saw sled, inspired by Kiefer's versatile version. There is a problem, however, with using such a sled on a ShopSmith and that is simply that because on a SS the table tilts, the line on which the saw blade intersects with the plane of the table top moves as you change the angle.

My solution was to make a 45 degree ramp to fit my new sled. I have made these before as stand alone jigs with a miter slot fitting strip on the bottom but this one is part of the new sled and fits right in, in either of two orientations.

It could be made adjustable quite easily and if I ever have call to accurately crosscut angles other than 45 degrees, I may do that but for now a really accurate 45 is all I need.

As these pictures were taken before the sled was finished, here’s the finished version. Lack of organization seems to have got in the way of a finished shot with the jig. :-)

Here’s an earlier version on my trusty old 10 ER back home on Vancouver Island.

Thanks for looking in,


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 11-11-2014 09:31 PM

Ya got a good thinker on ya Paul.

What a clever solution. I like it.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 11-11-2014 10:15 PM

And it wouldn’t be a finished version without marquetry ;)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#3 posted 11-11-2014 10:18 PM

I like it !

-- Patty Schenewerk ,

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#4 posted 11-11-2014 10:47 PM


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#5 posted 11-12-2014 01:36 AM

So where’s the full marquetry scene on the face of the ramp?

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#6 posted 11-12-2014 03:30 AM

Is that a challenge Jeff?????
Hmmmmm …....

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#7 posted 11-12-2014 04:30 AM

Paul, Taking time to make your jigs beautiful might seem a waste of time to some, but not to me. A beautiful a jig makes using it a joy and really adds pleasure to the time you spend in the shop. It gives your work and the process a sense of pride and craftsmanship.

You might consider a 45 degree jig based on this design. I find that the upside-down straight edge clamp keeps your hands safe and the vertical stop makes repeated cuts easy. Cranking the blade, or in your case table, around every time you want to cut a 45 gets to be a chore.

More about building and use here. Thanks for all you have shared with us through the years.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 11-12-2014 09:23 AM

Looks like an excellent solution Paul, but I am glad my saw blade tilts.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 11-12-2014 01:55 PM

Well thought out solution!!

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

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#10 posted 11-12-2014 02:13 PM

A mighty fine sled Paul.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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