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ajw1978

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04-28-2015 06:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig sled table saw portable table saw crosscut sled miter sled

Long time, no chat, jocks. Now that the scary yellow orb has returned above the God-forsaken wasteland that is the Upper Midwest, I’ve been able to drag my tools out of storage (more specifically, the CEO’s walk-in closet) and get cracking.

My first two missions for the year are to build some sleds for my table saw. Have watched a ton of videos and attended a great seminar at the Woodworking Show, so was all set and ready to go until I pulled my saw out, set it up and realized: every single sled I’ve seen is for “full-sized” table saws, not the puny, piddly portable number I own (thanks to a very, very good HD deal).

I’m working with the Ridgid R45161 (the black friday special, if anyone else saw it). So I feel like a sled might not work because of how close the blade is to the front or back?

If anyone has any suggestions / links / projects they’d be willing to share, the Schlitz is on me.

-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 04-28-2015 07:08 PM

No reason why you can’t make a sled for your saw… it will just have to be a bit smaller than what is possible on a full sized table. This is one I made for a little benchtop c-man saw:

It’s about 10 inches front to back and can handle stock up to a little over 7” wide. Made from scrap wood I had laying around the shop.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#2 posted 04-28-2015 07:09 PM

Awesome. I figured it was possible, just wanted to double check with the smart folks!

-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.

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#3 posted 04-28-2015 07:41 PM

I have the Bosch 4100 and it doesn’t have a lot of room in front of the blade, either. I made this sled, and it’s worked well for me for 2 years now. When I use it, the blade is slightly inside the sled, but the adjustability allows one to set it up such that there is no possibility of pinching the blade.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#4 posted 04-29-2015 01:41 AM

Can you post the picture, Ed? That saw seems very, very similar to mine.

-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.

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#5 posted 04-29-2015 12:38 PM

Just realized that I did not give a link in my previous post… here are the plans to the one I made (it’s a PDF).

Let me know if you still want pictures (the plan has good pictures in it).

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#6 posted 04-30-2015 05:02 PM

I think your saw has ~5-6” of space before the blade. Nothing stopping you from building a crosscut sled. Steve Ramsey had a video from way back building a sled for his old saw, which is similar in size.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69t6MFCUobw

-- paxorion

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#7 posted 04-30-2015 06:19 PM

I have that very saw. Used it for woodworking until I got a cabinet saw. I made a sled for it and it works fine. It’s a bit smaller than those for larger saws of course.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#8 posted 04-30-2015 06:48 PM

Ed – Thanks, that helped!

PAX – Steve’s videos were what got me thinking about a sled. That and my inability to cut an accurate miter with my miter saw.

JDH – Did you make it to cover the entire table surface?

-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.

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#9 posted 04-30-2015 06:51 PM

The sled I pictured above was for basically the same saw as that shown in Steves video… and yeah, it only had about 6” of table before the blade, but the sled worked great. You can pull it back off the table a few inches and the runners will still keep it lined up, or just set it so the blade is slightly inside the front brace. I like the idea of the sliding stop block on his though. I just used a small c-clamp to secure a stop block which worked just as well but not quite as convenient.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#10 posted 04-30-2015 06:53 PM

I just got started on a couple yesterday. Runners are being a little fussy, but I think some paste wax will help things slide a little easier. I’ll post some pictures after they’re done.

-- May the good Lord help me if I ever actually have a shop, garage or basement.

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