Jigs and techniques #4: Flexi-Sled Table Saw Sled

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Blog entry by GregD posted 11-22-2011 04:30 AM 16350 reads 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Yet another table saw sled.

The idea behind this table saw sled was to provide a lot of flexibility in clamping down the fence and workpieces.

The top is 3/4” melamine edge banded with scraps I happened to have handy. On the bottom is a 30 inch Kreg Jig and Fixture Bar. The T tracks on top are cut from 2 48” lengths. The fence is a Rockler router table fence that I found on sale a year or so ago. I had to shim it with Scotch Tape on the bottom to square the face to the top. I think I spent around $20 each for the 4 pieces of aluminum (runner, 2 T tracks, fence).

I prefer table saw sleds that are on one side of the blade. This maximizes support for the work on the “good” side of the cut while minimizing the size of the sled. I typically use a sled to true up a cut, so supporting the waste is rarely a concern. I also prefer to keep the work firmly clamped to the sled so that I can focus all my attention on feeding the sled past the blade to make the cut. I am hoping that this layout of T track will work whether I’m squaring a large panel or cutting a taper.

No, I haven’t actually used this yet in this configuration. Originally I set this up as a cross cut sled with no T tracks and without squaring the fence to the top. That worked OK, but clamping the workpiece was more awkward and less effective than I liked. I splurged on an Incra Miter 5000 which works fabulously, but has a capacity of only about 17”. This is intended as my “backup” sled.

Some more pictures of the fence in various positions:

-- Greg D.

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#1 posted 08-26-2012 03:25 AM

nice sled

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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