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Blog entry by Farrout posted 04-16-2011 11:46 PM 1933 reads 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I read about the super sled on a few sites. They all seemed wonderful, but somewhat complex.
I wondered what a simple one would do for me.

I had a piece of 1/2 inch plywood, some 3/4” wide stock, and a few 2×4’s laying around so I thought I’d see what I could do.

I cut the 3/4” stock to fit in the channels of the table saw so they were just even with the top.
Then, I cut a the plywood 24” x 36”.

I put the strips in the groves and put a bead of glue on them and laid the plywood down and just roughly lined it up with the edge of the table. Let it sit all night and the next morning, the whole assembly slid nicely back and forth. (I’ve got a lot of Johnsons wax on the table).

Then started the saw and raised the blade in the middle of the plywood taking it within a few inches of each end.
After shutting off the saw, I used a carpenters square to align a piece of 1×2 and a 2×4 across both sides. The pictures explain it better.

All the pieces were glued in place and allowed to dry overnight. Then, another piece of 1×2 was glued over the top of the 2×4 and screwed down to give more strength.

After all that, the saw was started up and the cut was made all the way through the sled.

I love using this system. I think it’s safer and provides a simple way to position the stock and move the whole sled rather than trying to move things across the table.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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#1 posted 04-17-2011 01:29 AM

Looks good to me. Think I will give it a try.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#2 posted 04-17-2011 01:57 AM

Very useful

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 04-17-2011 02:20 AM

I completely agree with you. This is one tool that once you start using it, you will wonder why it took so long to add one to your shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 04-17-2011 03:20 AM

My Dad had a saying KISS keep it simple stupid. The more complex something is the more that can go wrong. Great job dude;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#5 posted 04-17-2011 03:51 AM

That is all you need to get the job done. Well executed!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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