The one I use only runs on one side of the blade. The key is to put it
together perfectly square.
1 cut your runner(s) for a snug fit in the slot(s)
2 put two pennies under each end of the runner in the slot
3 put doublestick tape on top of the runner
4 place your sled on top of the runner using a square
5 make test cuts and check for square
6 screw the runner(s) to the sled
Yep...that's what I had in my mind when I was writing it. Certainly
easier to use a square against the board edge than against the blade.
On thing I'll never do again is to use laminated plywood for the
fence...it bowed slightly and I tried to pull it back straight when
fastening it down. It's pretty close, but not quite perfectly
perpendicular to the blade.
Next fence will be a piece of jointed straight-grain hardwood.
All of the cutoff sleds linked have the fence in the back. I'm
guessing so the fence can help push the piece through the blade. On my
sled I have the fence mounted toward the front but I'm not sure why.
Maybe it is because this is the first sled I ever saw
Tue, Oct 24, 2006, 5:25am (EDT-3) firstname.lastname@example.org (RayV) doth
All of the cutoff sleds linked have the fence in the back. I'm guessing
so the fence can help push the piece through the blade. On my sled I
have the fence mounted toward the front but I'm not sure why. Maybe it
is because this is the first sled I ever saw
Different people use different terms. I've seen people call what I
would call the back of a sled, the front. When I say the back of a
sled, I mean the edge nearest me when using it. I take it that's what
Most of my sleds have fences front and back. That's because I
usually run a piece from the front fence to the back that holds a clamp
to hold the wood in place if desired.
Other sleds I just use the back fence. Partly to push the wood,
partly to make it easier to hold it in place. I don't think I'd prefer
a fence just in the front of a sled.
I just glued up a small sled last night, that's very simple, for a
special project. Once I do the work on that, I'me not sure if I'll toss
the sled, or modify it to use on something else. Probably just toss it,
as I'm in the process of making a larger sled, with front and rear
fences, and a clamp. After that, I'll make another large sled, with
just a rear fence.
Saw sleds are very useful, but they ain't rocket science.
It's not hard, if you get your mind right.
- Granny Weatherwax
The one I use the most is set up like yours. Reason for doing it this way is
that more of the sled stays on the table. No need to push it off the end for
small cuts. Downside is possible tearout on the rear of the cut due to no
| Does anyone have plan links for building a
| table saw sled ? I have a 10" ridgid table saw.
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DeSoto, Iowa USA
I did use google, Larry. But. . .I like to get opinions from the great
here. I also have a lot of books on shop stuff plus back issues of FW.
I found just yesterday, a nice design for a sled I'm in the process of
Thanks to all for their input.
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