My First Sled

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Project by Jason™ posted 08-09-2012 08:57 PM 3554 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After weeks of planning and gathering all the material I needed for this project. I copied to the (T) Mr. Mortals cross cut sled design from WWMM. This is the first one I have ever made and am really happy with the way it works. I found a video called “5 cuts to a perfect crosscut sled” and used that method to get mine to within .002 – .003 off. Very happy with that I just hope it doesn’t move anytime soon. I believe I over did the whole purpose of this simple sled by staining and painting it. But on the other hand the more I use stains the better my finishes turn out compared to my first time.

I also made my first throat plate insert for my Dewalt Table saw (DW744). Never done anything like this before and am open to suggestions as to an easier way to make these. First of all I don’t own a router for the time being and no kind of stationary sander, also a scroll saw is the only means of cutting something round or ya know (my generic bandsaw) for the time being. Besides a miter saw, but anyway the way I did this is pretty straight forward to the ways I seen them done. Trace, cut, sand to fit, done. My way of sanding this was a little different than most would probably do and I should really not tell this. I glued 2 circles of cardboard together just a bit smaller than my table saw blade and then glued a piece of sandpaper to that and let it dry overnight with weight over it to be sure it was pressed together very well. Then I put it on my TS with a extra piece of wood clamped to my fence very close behind the disk. I also clamped a board down to be used as the table for it so I wouldn’t be scratching or marking up the TS top. That is how I got this to fit, I know its not the proper or SAFE way to do it but it worked great!!! A stationary disk sander is on the list by far.

Hope you all enjoy my amateur work and don’t bother telling me im crazy for using cardboard. I know this but it worked in a pinch.

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#1 posted 08-09-2012 09:23 PM

Very nice project : )

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#2 posted 08-09-2012 10:41 PM

Good job Jason. The video “5 cuts” is fantastic for squaring up. William has a great site. Keep at it your doing well. I don’t believe any of us started out with a shop full. It takes time and teaches us there are more than one way to make a zero clearance insert for our table saw.

Finally, nice finishing job. I try and finish all of my jigs as they last longer and work better because of the attention to building and finishing it.

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#3 posted 08-09-2012 11:06 PM

Thanks Dusty and Ken!! I am slowly acquiring more and more as the days pass by not sure if you read my blog Ken but I recently picked up some really nice oak scraps and small plywood pieces. Not sure what to do with it yet but im hoping to see something on here that catches my eye. In the mean time I been trying to cut 45’s and get them to line up flush. Have yet to achieve victory but I am sure sometime I will get it down. Or maybe its the miter saw im using who knows. Probably ME!!

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#4 posted 08-09-2012 11:32 PM

Well done.


-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#5 posted 08-10-2012 12:39 AM

Jason, Miter saws usually suck for cutting accurate miters. Get an inexpensive digital angle gauge and cut them on your tablesaw.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 08-10-2012 12:51 AM

Real nice Jason and that is the perfect way to learn about finishing. And a lot less stressful! Have you considered attaching a removable set of 1x set to the legs of a layout square? That should give you a pretty accurate 45 degree angle and a means of holding the wood while you cut the miter too. GL

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#7 posted 08-10-2012 01:17 AM

Looks to nice to use.

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#8 posted 08-10-2012 01:19 PM

Looks nice. I’m too much of an amateur to really give any advice. I’m still working on my sled. But once I get it made I plan on making one to do miters as well. Do a YouTube search on the upper sled.

I bought my TS used. It has a zero clearance insert with it. Now I need to figure out how to make an insert to do my bevel cuts. I do have a router, but other than that it sounds like I have the same set of tools you have.

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#9 posted 08-10-2012 01:47 PM

It’s very clean, Jason, and really nice. Congratulations.


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#10 posted 08-10-2012 05:05 PM

Looks great, much nicer than mine. :)

My advice: Get a router ASAP! ;)
You won’t regret it.

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#11 posted 08-10-2012 05:06 PM

Great job I just built another on eand added a safety feature I learned on here or from the woodwhisper can’t remember. Take a look relly keeps you safe from the blade coming out the back.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 08-10-2012 05:19 PM

Prettiest darn sled I’ve seen! Nice work!!

-- May your shop be filled with chips and sawdust all year long, – “Mr. Measure Twice”

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#13 posted 08-10-2012 06:38 PM

rockler sells a sanding disk (no teeth) for tables saws. $19 when not on sale. seen them for 10 too.

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#14 posted 08-10-2012 06:39 PM

Thanks everyone that commented on my amateur sled! Im really happy with it and I will consider a blade box of some sort here real soon been wanting to add an extra length of board for the front with maybe a handle on the top but have yet to get started on it.

I have a bunch of scraps of oak I got from a local woodshop and been trying to figure out something to do with them. Wishing I had some dark wood like some walnut or something to try and do a cutting board maybe. Not sure if oak is the answer for such a project though. Really considering using some of it for a small French Cleat system to organize what tools I do have. Only one problem, I rent a townhouse and the basement walls are all concrete!....ugh

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#15 posted 08-10-2012 06:49 PM

@Jimmy – Yeah I have seen some of those on here im really interested in them. Only problem is I would probably want more than 1. I can’t seem to locate one for the price your talking about though. Only thing im finding on RKLR is a Freud at 30 some. Most likely the best route as to the name I see and hear it alot.

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