I know it might be simple, but I have a few theories and questions regarding building my first cross-cut sled.
In all the reading that I’ve done concerning this subject, the runners and fences are glued and screwed to the base. But that means if you change blades, you basically have to throw out your sled and build another for that particular blade. Am I correct? Which means before I start to build the sled, I think I must go out and buy a good cross-cut blade first, install it, then build the sled to that blade. Again, am I correct on this?
Also, it seems the best way to build a sled is to use both miter slots, having the sled straddle both sides of the blade. What if I wanted a sled to only run on the right (or left) side of the blade? I know using only one miter slot is not the best, so could I use a second runner following along the side of the wing of the table saw?
Why don’t I see many of this type?
Also, gluing and screwing the fence to the base doesn’t seem like a good idea because if you have to do fine adjustments in the future, again you will have to throw it out and build another one. Why doesn’t everyone build the fence using bolts that can be loosened and re-tightened again for tuning?
Some will probably say that once your sled is tuned it should never need adjusting, yet at the same time, they say to verify settings on the table saw from time to time. I figure, if your TS can get out of adjustment, your sled can too. And if your TS did get out of adjustment, then you would have to throw out your sled and build another.
Maybe I’m way over analyzing this, and forgive me if I appear to be in an endless loop, I just don’t know exactly where to start.
Thanks for listening.
-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada