|Forum topic by TheGravedigger||posted 07-26-2010 01:35 PM||1193 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
07-26-2010 01:35 PM
OK guys, I’ve been woodworking since 1988, but just got my first REAL tablesaw (I had a TotalShop in the distant past – don’t ask). I was researching some necessary jigs and, while looking at crosscut sleds, noticed something:
All the designs I saw either sat to the left of or straddled the blade. One, in particular, caught my eye. This guy had made a LARGE sled for large pieces, and had an adjustable sawhorse as a support for the end that hung off the saw (to the left, of course). What caught my eye in the photo was the open expanse of the extension table for his 52” fence to the RIGHT of the blade.
A little voice in my head says, “Why not design your large-pieces sled to work on the right-hand side? You’ve still got a miter slot, and the table would provide all the support you need.” Another voice said, “NO! You ALWAYS crosscut from the left side!” Indeed, that’s what I was taught, but for the life of me can’t remember why.
Well, guys, how about it? I know that back in the day of right-tilt saws, cutting from the left would keep the piece on the top of a bevel cut, but most saws now are left-tilt (including my SawStop). All manufactured miter jigs are designed for the left side, but is there any REAL reason not to design your sled for the right side and take advantage of the superior support of the extension table? Last time I checked, the blade cut the same on both sides.
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