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I am trying to make up my mind about a TS sled. I had one with my last TS and had mixed feelings about it. I would just like to find out what y'all think about them.

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Table saw sleds are great, more than worth the time to make them. I always make mine with a bridge over the blade, so there is no way I could get my hand in the blade, unless I actually tried. Get 'em set up and they're dead on, and stay dead on. By the way, I like table saw sleds, a lot.
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Plus 1 what Theo said. I resisted building one for years then one day I said to myself "self you might be missing out on a good thing because of your hardheadedness" (which by the way I well known for). So I built one and have loved it a lot. Use it all the time ever since the first day. My advice is not to build it to large or to small. Only you can decide the size. Mine is 16" front to back and for me just right. My shop is small so it fits my purposes just right. Did I say I like sleds? Well, I do and wish I had made one lots sooner.

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Yup, mixed here too...when the pieces are small the miter works...when they're bigger the SCMS comes out.

And then there's those times when you can't do without it. You cant beat the repeatability...especially when stops get involved...

Sort of like a torque wrench...when you need it nothing else will work.

I have big and small for each of my saws...

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I can't add much to what has been said. I have one, and would not be without it. It's SO nice to know you are making a straight cut. With my mitre guide, I could never be sure without dragging the square out and checking it.

As Richard said, 16" will probably do you for most things. But, make a panel sled as well, for those times your crosscut sled isn't big enough.

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Theo, would you be so kind as to post a picture of your sled? I'd like to see how you did the bridge. Is it just a strip of wood?
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Definitely a good shop helper. Very safe and accurate, you will probably want more than one.
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mixed also but they sure can make life easy and save the day at times...
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Theo, would you be so kind as to post a picture of your sled? I'd like to see how you did the bridge. Is it just a strip of wood?
Well, would if I had a picture. And cut my last one apart to use the parts on something else. Haven't made another yet, because need to adjust my saw first, and too busy on other things just now to get to it.

Pretty simple tho. My sleds usually have a piece of 2X4 on each end, on their side. I rarely cut anything anymore that's over 1/2 or 3/4" thick. So I run a piece of 2X4 front to back, about 7/8 to 1" off the sled. With that piece of 2X4 that low, pretty much would have to stick my fingers under it to get to the blade. Also, on the back end of the sled, once the saw cuts whatever, I have a stop on the sled, so it cannot go far enough forward for the blade to cut thru the back and be visible - read out in the open where I could put my hand on it. Plus, I have sort of a hand stop on the back piece of 2X4 and put it all together so I almost have to have my hand there, and safe, before I can use the sled - makes it too awkward to use otherwise. I'm a big fan of personal safety in the shop. Hehehe That's the best description you'll get, because when I make the next sled it'll be along those general lines, but I have not a clue just how it will actually turn out. I try to upgrade each time, so never any two the same. Next time I'll try to take some pictures. Won't be pretty pictures tho, I don't go much for pretty with my shop tools, just want them functional, and safe.

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Theo, would you be so kind as to post a picture of your sled? I'd like to see how you did the bridge. Is it just a strip of wood?
This is how I did the bridge on mine, but a strip of wood might do. I used plastic so I could see where I was cutting.
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