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Super Sled

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It has been a busy day in the MakerPlane workshop! I have been meaning to build a crosscut sled for my table saw for years and finally broke down and made one. In fact I decided not to build just any sled, but a "super sled"!

There is an excellent sled plan available from Eagle Lake Woodworking here: http://www.eaglelakewoodworking.com/pos ... -Sled.aspx He has also provided a Sketchup file for the sled as well.

I made a couple of changes to mine. I got lazy and haven't made the 45 degree miter cuts on the sled end guard yet. I will probably do that one day when I need to do a miter cut and have run out of room. Other other changes included a small box underneath the handle as a blade guard, (If it starts getting chewed up, I know I had better stop!) and a small relief cut at the bottom of the fence so that sawdust doesn't get in the way of the setup. Here are some pix of the finished sled. (The Eagle site has a couple of construction videos, so that is why I didn't bother taking any pix as I was building mine.)

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You can see that the sled makes cutting small pieces very easy and very safe.

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I have used hold-downs that I made on the CNC machine. I will put up another post about these another time. I got a lot of interest in these at AirVenture!

Another excellent video to watch before making your sled is this one on how to square up your fence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbG-n--LFgQ
My sled is accurate to about 1,000th of an inch over 30 inches. Now that is not bad!!

John
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