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    Table Saw Sled

    What's the purpose of a sled? Doesn't using the fence produce the same results? School me on this one, guys.

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    Re: Table Saw Sled

    Trying to do a crosscut on narrow stock using the fence would be unsafe due to the small area of wood against the fence - kickbacks and miscuts are the most common occurrence when doing so.

    The sled allows you to rest the piece against the back rail and safely do a crosscut.

    It also helps with tearout, making repeat cuts of the same length, etc.

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    Re: Table Saw Sled

    The fence is for RIPping.
    A sled is a precision miter gauge for cross-cutting.
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    Re: Table Saw Sled

    A TS sled to me, is likely to be either a miter, crosscut, or taper sled.

    I use a crosscut sled for almost all my TS crosscuts, especially for small pieces (I don't have a great miter gauge). I consider the safety a considerable improvement over both Miter saw and miter gauges, especially for smaller pieces. Longer pieces typically are cut with my miter saw.

    The miter sled is my best method for creating complementary (near) 45 degree cuts for mitered corners (think picture frames).

    And a tapering jig is mostly a one off set up for me, as I rarely make more than one of any furniture piece. I have a plywood base that runs along the fence, with various hold-down clamps (I move these around as piece dictates) to keep the piece in place. I need to set this one in the miter track for better safety and convenience.
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    Re: Table Saw Sled

    Good to know!

    Any suggestions on plans for a cross cut sled, or YouTube videos in particular to check out? How about a miter sled (my saw doesn't have the standard adjustable metal miter sled). I'm wanting to build one or both of these tonight! Need to pick up a new blade from HD first. Either a Rigid carbide or a Diablo.

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    Re: Table Saw Sled

    If a picture is "worth a thousand words" then a video is worth a million. Here are a few describing making and use of a TS sled.

    Mini TS Sled

    Regular TS Sled - Detailed

    Super Deluxe TS Sled

    Miter Sled

    Hope this helps.
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    Re: Table Saw Sled

    A sled moves instead of the workpiece which makes cutting easier, safer, and more precise. I can't see Barry's videos for some reason but here is one I watched recently that fills in a lot of information on more than just sleds.

    https://youtu.be/WgG_SufjiJw

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    Re: Table Saw Sled

    Hmm, this reminds me I need to finish building my sled. I've had all of the parts cut for months but got distracted by running my dust collection piping.

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    Re: Table Saw Sled

    I made my sled as large as the saw top. This serves two purposes besides cutting wood. One, it protects the cast-iron from rusting, which is a constant concern. Two, the sled provides me with a surface upon which I can put all the stuff that is on my bench when I need to use my bench.

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    Re: Table Saw Sled

    Here's a short, concise explanation in a nutshell by Marc Spagnuolo (aka, The WoodWhisperer). Yes, you need one for all of the reasons cited above and more...

    http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/vide...ross-cut-sled/

    ...and a miter sled that's handy for making picture frames...

    http://www.finewoodworking.com/2005/...ters-the-miter
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    Re: Table Saw Sled

    For the miter sled, seriously look at the DUBBY from In-Line Industries, sold by Peachtree. I love mine, and only regret is not buying one earlier. It was a case of "Pay me now, or pay me later."

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    Re: Table Saw Sled

    Wow!
    $200 for a sled?

    I'll pass, thanks.

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    Re: Table Saw Sled

    Rockler has one that looks just like the Dubby, for $40 less.
    http://www.rockler.com/tablesaw-cros...FYM9gQodRfAILg
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    Re: Table Saw Sled

    I'm going to make my own - that's half the fun

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    Re: Table Saw Sled

    Quote Originally Posted by Brogan View Post
    I'm going to make my own - that's half the fun
    Me too, but it's so much fun looking at all of the products available. Plus it gives me ideas for different things. Hoping too build mine this weekend.

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