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ShopNotes Podcast 181 — A Bridge too Far

By: Phil Huber
Answering the finer points of table saw sled design.

Today we're talking table saw sleds. It's inspired by a question from a reader/listener/viewer:

Why does every sled design I have ever come across have a bridge at the front of the sled?

I can see the need if the sled runs in just 1 track, but most designs use both tracks, which means the front of the sled should not need the bridge. I discovered this myself years ago when the piece of wood I needed to cut would not fit between the front and back bridges so I removed the front one and verified that there was no movement between the two halves of the sled. The cut was perfect.

I can see that if there is some slop between the guides and the track, the front bridge would be useful.

Comments? Thank you. Hal

We have a variety of shop-made sled designs that use one or two miter bars.

Logan also brought up the Woodpeckers Exact-90 miter gauge that we use on the TV show set and he has in his shop.

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Published: Jan. 24, 2024
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Topics: table saw, table saw sled, workshop

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