Minimalist sled for asymmetrical sawing
After reading Alan Schaffter’s tip, I thought I’d send in my own down-and-dirty “sled” for cutting irregular panels.
After reading Alan Schaffter's tip ("Arrow-straight cuts for odd-shaped parts," WOOD magazine issue 193, Oct. 2009), I thought I'd send in my own down-and-dirty "sled" for cutting irregular panels. Mine consists simply of two hold-down clamps attached to T-track with T-bolts and star knobs (Rockler item 25736, 800-279-4441, rockler.com).
Before you use the sled, place a straightedge against your saw blade to mark a reference line on your tablesaw table to show where the blade will cut. With the T-track in the miter slot, use the reference line to position your panel; then clamp it to the T-track. The panel becomes its own sled as you slide the T-track through the miter slot to make the cut.
—Gary Dean, Prince George, B.C.