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I have made a sled for my table saw that rides perfectly in the two tracks on the saw's top...usual looking, 24x36, fence on the back for pushing and a small fence on the front to keep it together after putting a slice in it. I used it for the first time a couple of days ago and quickly noticed that it wouldn't take much to have my thumb wind up where it doesn't belong - behind the fence and in line with the blade...
Can I get some ideas on how to cover the area...? I considered just making a box around where the blade would come through the fence(?) but thinking I would then use it as a push...Ideas are appreciated...thanks in advance, Nick
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Hi Nick... There are a couple of things to keep it safe. Put a stop block of some sort on the bottom of the sled it self and a screw/bolt on the table so that when the 2 meet the cut is complete but has not gone through the fence and or your thumb. The other is to have 3 to 5 inces of wood behind the fence where the blade travels so that if and when you cut too far you still have some safety room

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this is pretty standard:

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Marco / Chris...thank you...I think I was "over-engineering" it...Chris's picture really brings it home...thank you...
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This is a link from a thread Chris started.
Notice the hump in the fence on the sled, keeping your hands on the lower part, its not possible to get a thumb in the blade path.
Of course, its best to have things fully gaurded.
How to Make a Tablesaw Cross-Cut Sled | The Wood Whisperer
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This is an excellent video too:

5 Cuts to a "Perfect" Cross-Cut Sled - YouTube
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I watched that video, then ended up repairing my sled!

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Thanks for the link Chris. What an excellent video.

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I have made a sled for my table saw that rides perfectly in the two tracks on the saw's top...usual looking, 24x36, fence on the back for pushing and a small fence on the front to keep it together after putting a slice in it. I used it for the first time a couple of days ago and quickly noticed that it wouldn't take much to have my thumb wind up where it doesn't belong - behind the fence and in line with the blade...
Can I get some ideas on how to cover the area...? I considered just making a box around where the blade would come through the fence(?) but thinking I would then use it as a push...Ideas are appreciated...thanks in advance, Nick
Nick, thanks for posting your excellent question. I am seriously considering building a sled based upon the links posted in this thread and the safety issue that you raised has been well discussed by others in this thread. Yep, I, too, want to keep my thumbs out of harm's way. Thanks all.
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While it is good to build safety into your tools, there is nothing that can take the place of awareness. Every tool has many different ways to get you and to be safe you must be aware of all of them. Keeping any part of your body away from a moving cutting tool is only one step in safe operation. You have to be aware that a table saw can sling a piece of wood at you in excess of 100 mph and how that may come about.

Just knowing how things have happened to others can be a teaching opportunity. A thread on each tool in the shop that just dealt with how that tool can hurt you could be helpful for new woodworkers.
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