Another superSled

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Project by FreddyS posted 12-30-2010 02:43 AM 7960 views 71 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

And now a superSled for my cheap ryobi table saw… yes, it works!

Followed John W. Nixon plan and video instructions almost 100%, notice the t-track on the fence, already had done it like this before seeing it has to be on the top, not on the side as I did… that means I can’t raise the blade all the way up, but other than that what can I say? accurate cuts finally!!!

Table is 1/2” plywood, 3/4” plywood for the miter fences, front and back fences are pine, sled handle and fence stops are oak and runners are quinilla hard wood.

Thanks for watching!

-- Learning one thing at a time

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#1 posted 12-30-2010 02:49 AM

Wow! Very nice. That is a Super Sled! I’d like to know what you think of it after it’s been put through the paces. Great job.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#2 posted 12-30-2010 02:52 AM

Excellent! This actually stays on the small table top? I have a similar saw and need something like this in the worst way.

Thanks for posting a great job.


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#3 posted 12-30-2010 03:03 AM

i’ve seen alot of these sleds for table saws and really would like to know what exactly they are for. I mean, they are cool and i woder if it’s something that can go into my arsenal. someone let me know please.

-- Just hammering through life!!!

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#4 posted 12-30-2010 03:03 AM

Looks like that sled will do everything but turn the power on. Nice build! Where did you get the T track at?

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Frankie Talarico Jr.

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#5 posted 12-30-2010 04:02 AM

Nice sled, really the most expensive part of your saw…lol and nicest I might add.

We use sleds on a daily basis. They are excellent for crosscutting material accurately, with a ton of precision. We use a much finer blade than the one pictured, (I can’t see this blade making a smooth cut on a miter). It’s also handy for cutting arc’ed pieces that need a straight accurate cut (arched door jambs). Instead of all the bells and whistles on one sled we use inserts to accomodate the ever-changing angles, these are disposable in a sense, and we dont have to make a new sled every so often, just inserts.

One word of advice “Don’t cut arbor angle cuts on your sled”. (tilting your blade angle), Make another sled for those cuts, as it makes your cut line off kilter from then on. This way that 1/8” line you have is what you cut.

Sleds help make tablesaws more versitile, on floor models it is a must have, On these smaller contractor saw..well I don’t know, doesn’t the saw want to lean forward when in use?

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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Will Stokes

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#6 posted 12-30-2010 04:25 AM

Nice job! I love my super sled, I use it for basically all cross cuts. I basically never use my miter gauge any more. It had way to much slop anyhow.

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#7 posted 12-30-2010 04:26 AM

Freddy S. This popular style sled looks like it can handle anything You throw at it ! Nice job on the fit and finish, looks like its just waiting to cut something !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#8 posted 12-30-2010 04:29 AM

Nicely done!

Indeed – when the sled completely covers the tablesaw, it most definitely IS a SUPER sled :)

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#9 posted 12-30-2010 06:05 AM

In My Favorites !

-- If you work you eat - If you don't work, you eat, drink, and sleep.

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#10 posted 12-30-2010 07:02 AM

Magnificent. I have a sled for my cheap Delta, but this would be much much better. What did you do for the table saw miter track inserts? Seems to be so many ways to do them.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#11 posted 12-30-2010 07:06 AM

very good work!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#12 posted 12-30-2010 08:52 AM

BillyJ: So far I used it to build the miter fences on the sled, my drill press table, and all the stop blocks:
definitely worth it as it allowed me to cut everything accurate and in a record time, at least for me hehee

ghazard: kind of, you have to be a bit careful when sliding it as the weight tends to balance the sled upwards when half of the sled is past any end of the table saw, which is so easy with this one, but everything fine when you get used to it as you can compensate the move An outfeed extension should help with this too.

Brianinpa: I got the t-tracks + holdowns. from mlcswoodworking

Frankie: thinking about it you’re probably right about it being the most expensive part of the saw, but so worth it

And you got me here! being a newbie at woodworking I did search and read about blades and all so I bought a finer thin kerf blade to replace this one but of course forgot to replace it before doing the main cut on the sled :(

So I went ahead and tried anyway, actually this blade has made nice miter cuts, maybe It’s me being lucky?

About the tilted cuts, as I’ll be building mostly small/medium stuff I thought to build an add-on jig for the sled to keep the blade fixed at 90 degrees instead of building another sled but haven’t found any example yet, any leads?

To be honest I had my doubts about the sled working ok on this small table saw but surprisingly enough it works fine and makes a great job replacing the original garbage miter gauge.

PurpLev: yeah, a whole new meaning to supersled hehee

kcrandy: router table and a 3/4” straight bit to route the groove for the t- tracks into the miter fences, in 3 passes

Thanks everybody for the comments!

-- Learning one thing at a time

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#13 posted 12-30-2010 12:16 PM

Very nice sled. I hope to build one once I get back to my shop.

-- Scott in Texas

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#14 posted 12-30-2010 03:43 PM

very nice. I made one some time ago. It has become the work horse for my table saw. I also made the tennoning jig and a spline cutting jig. Both attach to the sled.

-- Rodd, Texas grandpa

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#15 posted 12-30-2010 04:20 PM

Thats one exelent sled.
Best thoughts and happy newyear,

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

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