Upgrading my ancient table saw

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After watching so many of the videos and seeing how well a table saw sled worked for others, I have wanted one. But, to my dismay, my old Skill table saw had weird miter slots. But my cuts were always off causing me so much frustration that I was ready to junk the saw after calling it numerous four letter names. I was almost ready to give up and I was looking on Steve Ramsey’s site and saw that someone else had the same problem.

So I took their advise and cut my runners out of hard maple and then used my router table to cut out for the overhangs on the miter slots. Then using Steve Ramsey’s pattern I finally have a table saw sled. I could not be happier with my cuts now. They are true and square! Who would have thought that this piece of cheap saw could ever work right! Everyone was right. A sled can and does make all the difference. No matter how expensive a saw I purchase next, a sled will always find its way on it. Heck someday I might even be a real woodworker!

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#1 posted 02-26-2013 06:16 AM

definitely an asset to your shop…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#2 posted 02-26-2013 12:43 PM

Well done. I’m sure you’ll enjoy using it!

I started to build a super sled, just yesterday!!! Great minds…..

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 02-26-2013 01:21 PM

Eagledad, I have the same table saw, same problems and have called it the same four letter words. May even have carpol tunnel from fixing these cuts with 80 grit sandpaper. I’m going to use this idea on my skilsaw almost as a last resort and try to set it to get the elusive 45’s. Thanks for posting this as it may be a lifesaver for me and I plan to start soon as I can get my saw aligned by the owners manual. That is a feat in itself. Any idea where the “jam nut” is as instructions say to loosen it but don’t show which nut it is. Ah to be able to afford a sweet table saw.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#4 posted 02-26-2013 01:23 PM

Nice build on the sled, it should serve you well. I have the same Skil saw, it has served me well. I however, filed off the overhang sections in the miter slots, so no need to T cut the runners. I use a sled smaller than yours, but incorporated an adjustable fence to allow angle cuts.
Have fun with the new sled, both the sled and the saw should provide you plenty of good woodworking.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 02-26-2013 02:02 PM

LOL….I have an old 3.0 Craftsman. It has tabs in miter tracks so I probably used quite a few of the same words you did while building my sled. In the end, it was worth ever mumble, grumble and fumble. Great job on yours eagledad…Job well done

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#6 posted 02-26-2013 04:59 PM

Jeff, the “Jam Nut” should be on the end of the bolt where you adjust the blade from underneath. You may have to turn the table onto it’s left side to find it. It has been a while since I aligned mine. I will look again tonight when I get home from work and get back with you. Oldtool, thought about doing just that with the overhang. But was not real sure how it would affect my miter guage. I did not get industrious enough to do the adjustable fence on this go around, lol. Thanks for the tip I might just try that next time.

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#7 posted 02-26-2013 05:10 PM

Good upgrade ,well done.


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#8 posted 02-26-2013 10:24 PM

Thanks eagledad, I appreciate that info. I’ll look again myself.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#9 posted 03-04-2013 12:43 AM

Nicce job and post.

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#10 posted 05-12-2013 05:18 AM

I have a Skil saw with the tabs, too. I ground mine off and made a crosscut sled. It works really well!

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