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Best Sled Set Up?
Apr 12th, 2013 at 8:30am
 
I am new too all things Wood Turning,I have been reading articles on Best Approach to Cutting Perfect Segments,I have a 10 inch Bench Top Einhall Saw,(Basic),What is the Best Plans or Set Up for cutting Perfect Segments? Can a home made Sled,be as good as some of the Dear Products,used for cutting Segments?Could someone kindly provide me with a link.on how you Set Your Blade Square,and all that is required too achieve true Segments?on a Table Saw. All advice will be greatly appreciated.       Kindly Paul
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Reply #1 - Apr 12th, 2013 at 12:04pm
 
If you ask 10 turners what is the "BEST" you'll be sure to get 20 different answers.

Yes, a store bought sled can work almost as good as a shop made sled.

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Reply #2 - Apr 12th, 2013 at 2:18pm
 
Paul, a home made sled can be every bit as accurate as a store bought model, but you need to make one first.
This is a very popular pre-made model but may cost more than your saw, since you mentioned it was a table top style.
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I would make one myself, here is a link with some very good information and plans for just what you're looking for.
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Without knowing your skill level or tool kit, this may be a good place to start, any questions, just ask.
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Reply #3 - Apr 12th, 2013 at 7:37pm
 
Ron and Ed touched on the sled.  You also asked about setting the  blade square to the table.  I keep it simple, I purchased a smaller framing square many years ago and I use it.  I avoid using a tri-square.  Speed squares are pretty accurate too.  The key is when you cut the segments to flip every other segment.  If your blade is slightly more or slightly less ninety degrees fliping every other piece will bring it back to ninety.  I think it is called the complementary angle.  My peers will correct me if I am wrong on what it is called.  Hope that is clear, and helps.  I see some digital angle finders that claim to be very good.  But I am still stuck in the 70's.
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Reply #4 - Apr 12th, 2013 at 11:36pm
 
steve rost wrote on Apr 12th, 2013 at 7:37pm:
...I think it is called the complementary angle. My peers will correct me if I am wrong on what it is called. ...

If I remember geometry correctly (it has been a half century... Smiley), complementary angles add to 90 degrees.  I think these would be supplementary angles, which add to 180 degrees.
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Reply #5 - Apr 13th, 2013 at 5:32am
 
thanks John,  My dear departed Mr. Irwin, my geometry teacher in high school, would be proud that I am finally using some of the things he taught.
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Reply #6 - Apr 18th, 2013 at 10:40am
 
John Lawson wrote on Apr 12th, 2013 at 11:36pm:
I think these would be supplementary angles, which add to 180 degrees. 

steve rost wrote on Apr 12th, 2013 at 7:37pm:
I think it is called the complementary angle.My peers will correct me if I am wrong on what it is called.

Why does turning have to get so complicated? I am lucky to remember to come home for lunch let alone correct terminology for wood that I cut crooked on purpose. Smiley
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Reply #7 - Apr 18th, 2013 at 11:43pm
 
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Reply #8 - Apr 19th, 2013 at 11:22pm
 
I have made several sleds based on the turnedwood.com design. I use all MDF except for a hardwood runner.
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