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Excellent points Bob. I got rid of my coping sled. There are easier ways using simple square blocks of mdf. Less fiddling with bit height to get a profile match, assuming you are using matched door bit sets.if you look at the picture on that link you can see the scales fixed to each side of the table.
There is a use for them. They allow you to quickly align the fence square to the front T track so that you can use a sliding coping sled.
They also allow you to get a repeat depth of cut quickly if you have to change cutters and change back again.
Fit them as per the pictures.
I cannot see any use for a coping sled. I tried it once and never again. Maybe I was doing something wrong but in order to use it, I had to raise the bit higher than usual which added another complication to an already delicate task. I simply use a miter gauge with a wood backer on the piece being coped to eliminate splinters. Just as with a table saw I don't use the fence when making cuts like this. I simply hold the wood tight so that it doesn't ride up to the bit or get pinched between the fence.Excellent points Bob. I got rid of my coping sled. There are easier ways using simple square blocks of mdf. Less fiddling with bit height to get a profile match, assuming you are using matched door bit sets.
When making a rail and stile cut it has to be exact and not close. When you put another object under the piece being coped even a bit of sawdust can throw it off. When you have to duplicate the cut on another piece of wood if that piece of sawdust isn't there then your cut is off. As for the table saw fence what I am saying is that you never trap a piece of wood between the bench and the blade. If you were using the miter gauge to cut a piece of wood you would not also use the fence. To get the piece the exact same length you would use a stop block on the opposite end. When making the coping cut on the router the same applies.Just raising the bit shouldnt add any complications. especially if the sled base is thin like a quarter inch, and only make thin cuts.
Your table saw method sounds very risky the way you have worded it. Dont take table saws for granted, they snatch and grab whenever they want to and amputate thousands of pieces of bodies every year.