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Offline Mario Turcot

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Table saw sleds
« on: July 07, 2018, 11:22 AM »
I have been looking for an easy and cheap table saw sled to build for several months. I watched many videos where people construct a piece of the art sled. Too much hardware and too heavy for my taste..

..and I found that recent from Woodsmith. Simple and effective sled. You can get the free plans and have your own  [big grin]
Mario

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Offline ben_r_

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Re: Table saw sleds
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2018, 11:37 AM »
lol Most dont like to go so "bare bones", but yea I guess if thats what you want, that should work.
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Offline Dick Mahany

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Re: Table saw sleds
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2018, 11:53 AM »
Here's about as simple as it gets adapted to the Dewalt DWE7491RS.  Built out of ply with a piece of Incra track.  I used William Ng's 5 cut method to dial it in and it is square to less than 0.0005" over the cross cut length.  Simple and quick to build.



I agree that sleds can be overbuilt which makes them heavy or cumbersome and I am guilty of this as well.  My first sled was on my Unisaw before I downsized.  It was a do everything sled, but weighed a ton (built from double sided MDO 3/4" ply)

« Last Edit: July 07, 2018, 08:16 PM by Dick Mahany »

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Table saw sleds
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2018, 11:55 AM »
I agree with you Ben.  But.. do not judge by the video picture, watch it through the end . This is a 4 parts video and the last part have some features most sled have, like t-track and flip stop. What I like  from that version is the way your fingers are protected from the blade.
Mario

Offline Mario Turcot

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Re: Table saw sleds
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2018, 11:57 AM »
Dick, I like the key hole slots. How often you use them and do the t-bolt hit the table saw bed at one point? Dual flip stop?
« Last Edit: July 07, 2018, 12:00 PM by Mario Turcot »
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Offline Dick Mahany

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Re: Table saw sleds
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2018, 12:04 PM »
Dick, I like the key hole slots. How often you use them and do the t-bolt hit the table saw bed at one point? Dual flip stop?

I use the key slots a lot.  Mainly for cutting small parts for box making.  The flip stop is handy, but I need to re-build it as it doesn't flip up well enough due to a misalignment of the opposing pivots [sad].  I used the dual flip to add stability to the sides as a single pivot wasn't giving me the repeatability that I wanted.

The T-bolt slots were routed on the underside to a depth slightly deeper than the head thickness so that they never interfere with the table top.
« Last Edit: July 07, 2018, 12:40 PM by Dick Mahany »