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this idea started about 2 months ago and you can see the beginning of it in this blog. After spending lots of time in thought and going through one trial of trying to make the fence work, I came across Rockler's sure-loc miter guage. I was a little skeptical of it (or anything) working because of how far the slider is away from the blade. Well, all I gotta say is, wow. This thing is really cool. I'm am amazed at how well this works and am extremely happy with Rocker's guage. I did have to add one of thier miter slot hardware to lock the fence in sturdy. Without it, I simply had too much flex which caused and un-square cut.

It took about an hour or two to get all the bugs worked out. Now, I have no problem crosscutting long sheet goods. I have safely cut a 24" X 96" panel up for cabinet parts with no problems. As you can see, If I need to use the saw for ripping materials, I can turn the fence out of the way, or simply take it off.

My next step, is to rout a slot in the fence for the miter slot hardware, so when I need to cut an angle, the "locker" will slide in the slot as the fence turns, and then I can "lock" it in.

Thoughts welcome

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Wow thar's some sled good job
 

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That is one good looking sled. What material did you use to make it? Good job.
 

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Very nice. That is a great addition to the shop. Well done and thanks for posting.
 

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Well, my first thought is; what a remarkable sled. I love shop made accessories and this one is no exception.

For whatever it's worth I'll tell how mine is set up. I have an inexpensive combi machine. The table saw has a rail mounted parallel with the blade running the full length of the saw cabinet from front to back. I have a smallish table that mounts onto the rail, and when mounted it is level with the saw top. A miter gauge mounts onto the table and has a clamp to secure work pieces. One thing I like about it is that the sliding table is easily removable, so I just hang it on the wall when it's not in use. This is not a brag or "mine is best" comment. I just thought that since you are into this, that you might be interested in other configurations. There's a picture of the saw with the sliding table in my work shop pictures on my home page if you want to see it, but the sliding table isn't mounted in the pic. I can take a photo of it mounted if you are interested in seeing the whole thing together.

I think your project will encourage a lot of others to make similar arrangements for their saws, and from my own experience with a slider, I believe it would be well worth the time to make an arrangement like yours or something similar.
 

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Great looking idea.
 

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That's is great, really great.
 

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I think we have all been in situations where this would have been extremely useful.

Great job!
 

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Very nice!
 

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What a great idea! I can see a lot of thought went into this.
 

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Incredible project : )
 

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Excellent design
It looks very well built too.

Thanks
 

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Nice, that might be overkill for a box maker though. LOL
 

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Great idea, I may have to borrow the consept from you, would love to have one of these on my saw. Have you considerd submiting it to ShopNotes? Thanks for the post.
 

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Nice sled. Bet it makes your cabinet work a lot easier:))
 

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I love it, I need one bad. Great job!
 

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Thanks for the comments guys.

Bill : It's made from para wood. Also known as rubberwood from the rubber tree.
 

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Instead of cutting your 90 degree fence to make it so you can pivot it. Make a second one that you can pivot. That was you never spend much time fussing it back square!

Is that maple or some other hardwood you used? Might be good to bolt a heavy aluminum angle to it to help maintain it staying straight over time.
 
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