John, The only way I will run a single sided sled is when I am cutting stock where I have around an inch or maybe two inches fall off. I normally cut the material to an almost finish length on the radial where I have a long support bed. It could be a problem if cutting longer pieces on the single sided sled due to the weight of the off fall. When it comes to sheet goods and if I use a sled, I use the double runner double sided sled and do my rips first and then use the sled. Yes a fall off table is a great idea as it controls the off fall. At one time I had a seperate sheet of melamine of which I would lay across the table on the right side of the blade and it would catch the fall offs. Worked alright and kept me from standing directly behind the saw blade but became another piece of wood to store. After a few years I went to the the slide table system which gave me an adjustable miter and fence that moved with the table past the blade and does it on the left side of the blade keeping me from standing directly behind the blade. For some super accurate cuts I will most likely revert back the the single sided sled.
Thank you John for the comment above on the saw set up and safety. I appreciate that there are those out there whom recogonize the dangers of a saw. I take safety very highly as I have all my fingers and eyes and plan on keeping them. I have been fortunate to never have had an accident that left me with an injury and hope that from some of my writing that others can enjoy their woodworking without injury. Have a great day!!!
John Schaben said:
Jay - Nice write up on setting up a table saw and table saw safety, THANKS.
Question - Since you only run your sleds off one side, do you think a fall off table is a good idea? I've always run both sides but have been considering another sled and have been wondering about that aspect.
you want something quick and cheap take a hunk of MDF maybe 20 inches long set it tight to fence and blade and take you stock to be tapered and make it longer than finish set the front where taper starts even with sled and blade and do same with rear ,screw it down and cut it.I said it was cheap and works same except you have to reset each time or use some blue tape and tape angel on push board so it will line up for next cut.You can also use some toggle clamps and rescrew them each time ypu do diff setup
This is likely the best sled I've seen. I'm in the process of building one for my Delta Contractor's Saw, with a couple of modifications, to replace my existing one which I will then sell. Check it out..
As you all know by now I am a safety preaching wood worker whom will try to push safety in the shop and every where else that I can. In my prior profession I saw too much blood shed all labeled under the term' ACCIDENT". It can be behind the wheel of a automobile, walking on the street or in the home and especially in the home shop. I found that ACCIDENTS is caused by a common term I call "FAILURE". Failure of us to think and pay attention to what we are doing and when that happens and the conditions are present that "FAILURE" becomes the "Accident".
I am attaching a video of something that I am sure of that all of us are aware of and in this one it stars a well known television actor we all know by the name of "TOM" . I have see several videos of the table saw safety device however not as good as this one. (don't panic there is no blood) but it demostrates a point as to how dangerous the saw is. Have a happy and a safe Memorial day.