Table Saw Sled

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Project by jdwood posted 09-27-2010 04:41 AM 12790 views 34 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am getting ready to make some holiday gifts and I thought a table saw sled would be a great way to improve the quality of my work. I have wanted to tackle this project for a while but never could quite find the time. With money being tight right now I searched the internet for diy ideas for hold downs, “T” track, stop blocks etc. After watching a series from on youtube, this is what I came up with. The sled is made from a 2×4 birch plywood “handypanel” and the fences are 2 pieces of 2”x2” poplar glued together. I routed the hold down slots from the underside with a 1/2” bit at a depth of 1/4” and then through routed the slot with a 1/4” spiral bit. Three of the four slots came out perfect but on the last slot my router walked a bit. So now I have 5 slots…guess my next project should be a new router base with a BIG straight edge. The final addition was a pencil holder on the far fence. I am always losing my pencil around the shop and this has helped me out so far. Hope you guys like it and my thanks go out again to Eagle Lake Wodworking.

-- Yes, "Wood" is my last name

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#1 posted 09-27-2010 05:11 AM

Very nice and excellent timing for me… I was just in making some measurements for my updated sled. I like the pencil holder… nice touch. And thanks for mentioning the “how to” for the slots. I didn’t want to use T track on my sled…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#2 posted 09-27-2010 05:37 AM

Some nice features here. I especially like the hold down and the pencil holder.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 09-27-2010 06:42 PM

Nice looking sled. I have been pushing around making one of these for quite some time now. Going to favorite this one, like the stop block setup and the pencil holder is a nice bonus.

Thanks too for the link to Eagle Lake. I will be watching some of the additional videos there. Really like the set on the sled.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 09-27-2010 06:57 PM

That looks like a very well thought out crosscut sled and it looks like you did a wonderful job in the making of it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 09-27-2010 07:11 PM

By far the coolest pencil holder I have ever seen.
Great job

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#6 posted 09-27-2010 07:34 PM

Very nice. I really like the hold down. Not only will I be making one of these for my table saw, but I see similar applications for my drill press and band saw. Thanks for sharing.

-- - DQ in Phoenix -

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#7 posted 09-27-2010 07:40 PM

Boy…seems like a lot of bother for a pencil holder…LOL.

Great looking sled….I don’t know what I did without one…once I put one together. I hardly ever get it off the saw….and I keep working on improvements to it….it sure makes cutting the smaller pieces a lot safer and straighter.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#8 posted 09-27-2010 07:55 PM

Great looking sled, I too will save this as a roundtoit.

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#9 posted 09-27-2010 11:46 PM

Really nice and simple.
Love when someone think inexpensive.
Thank you!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#10 posted 10-06-2010 02:30 PM

JD, what’s the underside look like? I’d like to see how you kept the bolts on the bottom of the sled clear of the TS.

-- Clay (Master Kindler) ~ Central VA

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#11 posted 10-07-2010 02:46 AM

Claymation…here are some pics of the underside. What I did from the back side is rout a 1/2” slot that was only deep enough to accept the head of the t bolts. Then I went back and routed through with a 1/4” spiral bit. in the new pics you can see how the bolts are recessed…Let me know if you have any other questions…thanks for lookin’

-- Yes, "Wood" is my last name

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#12 posted 12-01-2014 02:09 AM

This popped up today in “Roll The Dice” Since I keep saying “I need a sled”, this one goes in the favorites.

-- Tim P. Calhoun GA. If traffic is passing you on the right, YOU ARE IN THE WRONG DAMN LANE.

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