Not a problem with side and rear extension tables. The more significant
hazard with oversized sleds is one of your hands will be outside of
your field of view. Include a guard, or at very least, double and triple
check the placement of your leading hand before making a cut.
Good point.. However, I have a 48"x24" sled (21" between the front and rear
fences, 24" on either side of the curf)
I don't have any trouble with support, but any deeper and I likely would.
FWIW. It's a great sled, but it is bulky. I recently built a couple of
single-runner, smaller sleds (maybe 18"x20"?) which are handy for smaller
stuff, bevels, and dados.
Build a big one for when you want the capacity, and then make a small one to
grab for that quick little cutoff.
Actually, my plan was to use sawhorses along the side of the saw,
since the sled would be a good deal wider than the saw. I think that
I'd need them in most cases to make most cuts anyway, even without the
sled, since the table is so small.
BTW, I did buy some plexiglas, as I definitely want a blade guard. I
am thinking of a U shaped guard that rides up and down in slots in the
at either end of the sled.
Thansk to all,
Mike P. Wagner
the back to support the sled. Eventually I'd like to build some
Cut the ends arc-shaped, radius equal to half the length of the box
guard. Sharp corners tend to jam in the slots. If the guard annoys
you, you won't use it.
Alternatively, a flat piece of plexi about 4" wide supported on blocks will
work fine. No side panels, but you'd have to make a very deliberate effort
to put a finger in harm's way.
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