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02-19-2008 06:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw jigs fixtures sled plate

Here two tablesaw accessories that might be of interest to some of you.

The first is a tablesaw sled that allows you to cut large pieces square. You have probably seen a lot
of them, but maybe this one is a little different.

I added a blade guard at the end to protect yourself at the end of the cut and a stick hanging off the
left for clamping stop blocks for repeat cuts.

Here I installed the leading piece laying flat. It is half lapped for strength.
It allows you to do pieces a little wider and plunge cuts on a panels that it are wider than the sled.

Here is a splitter built into a zero clearence plate. I located the cut by raising the blade all the way
and then lifting the plate out a little bit. Then move your fence until it just touched the plate.
Then insert your standard plate and cut the slot for the splitter. For the insert, make sure the the grain is
running up and down or it will break off.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 02-19-2008 07:01 PM

I really like the insert with the splitter. I’ll be trying something like that myself.

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#2 posted 02-19-2008 07:17 PM

That is a nice crosscut sled and good idea on the splitter. I need to add a splitter to my plate. I preach safety here but don’t practice what I preach.

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

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#3 posted 02-19-2008 07:26 PM

Nice designs, Gary. When I get my full-sized table saw one of these days, I’ll want to steal these for sure.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 02-19-2008 07:30 PM

The splitter is a great feature.

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#5 posted 02-19-2008 07:35 PM

I like the flattened lead piece on the sled. I’ll have to borrow that when I build my next one! Of course, it helps to have a battleship-sized outfeed table ;). Nice looking setup, thanks for sharing.

-- Robb

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#6 posted 02-19-2008 08:01 PM

Nice sled. I like the idea of the “leading piece” being flat for wider boards. But wouldn’t you have to cut through it anyway? How does that work?

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#7 posted 02-19-2008 08:29 PM

Gary, help me out with your sled.
I can’t figure out how you use the lead piece?
Do you drop your sled over the blade for the longer stock?


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#8 posted 02-19-2008 09:03 PM

Blake – Bob #2

You don’t want to cut through it.

It just gives you an extra couple of inches vs having a board mounted on top. Plus it allows you to lay a panel
flat on top and you can raise the blade to cut into the panel. If your panel already has parallel sides you can flip
it over slide it over the raised saw blade to line it up and then continue your cut.

Basically it just gives you a few extra inches and a few more options than the standard sled.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 02-19-2008 09:21 PM

I like the zero tolerance insert, that looks like something I could use.

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#10 posted 02-20-2008 12:07 AM

Thats a good idea for that sled!
I bought those MJ Splitters from Microjig and the work great, I got the stainless steel ones, when they were plastic I didn’t trust them, kind of a pain to setup but the featherboard effect is great.
Gary how do you make your inserts, with a pattern bit on the original saw insert?


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#11 posted 02-20-2008 12:42 AM

thanks, gary. i’m off to put a splitter on my insert- i had a kick back a few days ago and i’ve been nervous ever since.


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#12 posted 02-20-2008 12:56 AM

Great idea on the splitter Gary. Thanks for sharing.

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#13 posted 02-20-2008 01:27 AM

the splitter works great.
thanks again, gary.


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#14 posted 02-20-2008 01:38 AM

Nice post Gary!

Shold prove helpful!.


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#15 posted 02-20-2008 01:54 AM

I really like the splitter, simple solution to a problem, love it.


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