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Forum topic by Coffinmaker posted 01-05-2008 05:29 AM 2206 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-05-2008 05:29 AM

I first want to thank everyone for giving me advice about the Hitachi 12” Compound Miter Saw I bought and yes I DO plan on keeping it..!! LOL… Second thing..I just sat down to read e-mail and noticed that Rockler sent me a new it is there NEW Table Saw Cross Cut Sled.Has anyone seen this yet..?? I also recieved a 20% discount coupon and was maybe thinking about buying one.Then I thought how cool it would be if I ACTUALLY used my ..uh..NEW Rigid Table Saw to make one….Yes yes yes…I couldnt pass up YET another deal.I finished opening up my Christmas present and there it was ..a gift card to Home Depot PLUS a 20% discount coupon I got when I moved…(There in the package you pick up at the Post Office when you fill out your info and they send you the discount card…) and I couldnt help myself.I bought the TS3650 after carefully reading several reviews.No I havent put it together ..( still sore from TRYING to un-load it myself…LMAO..NOW THAT WAS FUNNY.!!But back to my question..should I buy the sled or make one..?Thanks everyone…

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#1 posted 01-05-2008 05:35 AM

You sure could try making one, it would cost considerably less. If you are not satisfied, then go buy one. I built my own, and am quite happy with the results.

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#2 posted 01-05-2008 05:43 AM

I agree the home made one will give you skills on aligning and skills that are used all the time in making items.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 01-05-2008 02:27 PM

It is relatively simple to make one of your own. It generally takes me less than 1/2 hour to make one. The only time I have had to replace mine is when the blade gets out of alignment. It tends to be one of the most heavily used jigs in my shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 01-05-2008 02:55 PM

There are a number of free plans out there to make a sled. I’d been wanting one and went to my local Woodcraft store where I even bought Incra Miter Slides (although not necessary) to build mine…then when I got home and stood at my saw ready to begin I realized something….where am I going to store the darn thing??? “LOL” Well, still got the slides and hoping to move to a bigger place and will build it yet. But I would build your own and save your money for….other toys ;>).

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#5 posted 01-05-2008 07:10 PM

I would say, build one first and try it out. Then decide if you want to buy one or not. I made a very simple cross cut sled with a piece of plywood and poplar that attaches to the saw’s miter gauge. I attach it with a couple of screws and use it. I built it mainly to have a larger miter gauge for cross cutting larger pieces.

My sled is only one piece, so there is no support for the other side. This is not usually a problem, unless I am cutting some thick wood (something like 8/4). That will cause the board to sag as it is cut, and can start to pinch the saw blade. In those cases, I simply place another piece of plywood on the other side of the table to support the off-cut. It works, though I should build a better one next time.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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