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Forum topic by SSMDad posted 05-07-2011 03:16 AM 1792 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-07-2011 03:16 AM

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Hi Everyone,

Being cooped up inside from knee surgery has been driving me nuts but also stimulating my woodworking ideas. I’d like to be a sled for my table saw. It’s a Bosch 4100 but it only has the 1 miter slot, not too like most regular tables.

Could I still build one and one I only be able to use the one miter guide rail? Just curious how I’d get it to slide smoothly. I suppose I could lock the fence against it on the right side of the blade to help hold it in place and take pressure off the one rail point.

Any thoughts?

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#1 posted 05-07-2011 03:28 AM

I have a fairly large sled that runs in one miter slot works great.

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#2 posted 05-07-2011 03:31 AM

Im sure you can get by with one runner. Two is a bit better but youll have to work with what you have. I would not recomend using your fence as a guide. 1) It will not offer any support for what your doing. 2) bad things could happen. ENjoy

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#3 posted 05-07-2011 05:44 AM

One of those adjustable metal runners will keep it tighter/straighter in your single miter slot than a wooden one.

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#4 posted 05-07-2011 06:31 AM

on my old craftsman contractor’s saw with only one slot I used the opposite edge of the table as a slot. I used wood runners (still am due to cost) and just saw too it that when the one runner was in the slot the other runner butted tightly against the table edge. This was for a long sled so I could slice down 8’ boards and keep the sled stable. The short one for smaller pieces did just fine with only one runner.

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#5 posted 05-07-2011 10:15 PM

Hey many thanks everyone. I won’t use the fence as second guide (thanks cabmaker) and happy to hear it can be done and I appreciate your comments RobertT, gfadvm, and derosa. Going to try it when I can actually get back to the shop. May check on the metal runner but then depending on $ may have to temporarily use the woods.

Hope everyone has a nice weekend.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#6 posted 05-08-2011 05:05 PM

The only problem I can imagine with running a miter or crosscut sled in only one track is that any slop you have won’t be balanced out or minimized by the second track. That said, there is a product available from MicroJig called the ZeroPlay Guide Bar. It is adjustable in width to perfectly fit your miter track and minimize or eliminate any play that would cause problems. Just Google “micro jig zeroplay guide bar” and good luck!

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#7 posted 02-09-2017 12:57 AM

I know this is an old thread and assume, by now, you’ve found out the Bosch 4100 has TWO miter slots.

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#8 posted 02-09-2017 02:37 PM

Check this guy out he has a pretty neat sled.

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