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Table Saw Crosscut sleds revisted: a small improvement.

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Blog entry by trophyjoe posted 06-27-2016 01:11 AM 489 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So today, I needed to square a piece of plywood. I reached for my trusty TS panel-squaing jig, a la woodgears.ca, but the wood bar was sloppy in the miter slot. Don’t ask why—I didn’t make it that way. To make matters worse, the bar was set into a groove in the jig, so making another bar was not going to help.

What to do? I suppose I could have made another complete jig, but didn’t feel like it. Instead, I tried to create a shop-built adjustable bar.
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Here’s the bottom of the sled. Ignore the shiny black stuff; it’s just graphite.

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To take up the slack, I removed the bar and inserted 6 flat head screws and adjusted them to fill the slot. It took a while to tweak them, but I managed to make it work.

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Work in progress:

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The screws are not entirely flat, so after I had them adjusted, I used a mill file to even things out:

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With the bar back into the sled…

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Ready to use:

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And, yes, it worked!

I do plan on replacing the steel screws with brass ones as soon as possible.



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