A tablesaw sled for segmenting

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Blog entry by darryl posted 11-22-2011 03:15 AM 12872 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve had a few people ask me what the tablesaw sled looks like that I use for cutting the segments for my turnings. Well this past weekend I started working on two new pieces so I took the time to snap a few pictures as I was setting up the sled.

please note! I’m responsible for my fingers and my fingers only. If you are not comfortable with the design, I suggest you do not use it. I won’t be blamed for someone nipping their finger tips! :)

Anyway, here’s what I’ve got:
When I purchased this new Ryobi saw I never considering it wouldn’t have miter slots built into the table… I wasn’t thrilled, but it was all I could afford so I have had to make it work.

Using some baltic birch ply I built a new table top with a miter slot on both sides of the blade.

I built two independent sleds to give myself some flexibilty. I’ve also included pivoting guide bars to allow for a wide range in angled cuts.

On the right side sled I have set up the stop block to provide consistant cuts. The right side sled stays put as I’m cutting my segments, only the left sled moves when cutting.

With this setup I only have to be concerned with the left side of the blade. As the segments are cut off, they just sit off to the side of the blade until I power down the saw and move them away.

In my initial design thoughts on this sled I wanted to include a fixture to hold a vacuum hose on the back side of the right sled near the front of the blade to suck away the segments as they were cut off. I also have had the intention to add a toggle clamp to the guide bar on the right side sled to allow my fingers to be moved farther away from the blade. Some day I hope to get both of those features added…

Hopefully this answers a few questions and if I missed anything, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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#1 posted 11-22-2011 03:21 AM

Interesting setup, Darryl.

Was it difficult to get the miter slots milled parallel to the blade?


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#2 posted 11-22-2011 03:21 AM

Great jig!!!

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#3 posted 11-22-2011 10:52 PM

I’m glad to see you did not let a lack of miter slots stop you.
I just posted a blog that shows the crosscut sled I use to cut miters.
In it you can see how I made my hold downs. I used the toggle claps from harbor freight. They are cheap(~$5) and I get much better cuts using them. I do like the idea of having a vacuum suck the pieces out of the way.

You produce some wonderful segmented turnings.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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