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First, I want to show you the easiest, and the best way you can immediately improve your woodworking.
"It seemed like overnight I was able to start building anything I wanted... I was never able to build wood projects like this before!
If you could immediately start making perfectly accurate cuts, every time you step up to the table saw…
Would that help with your woodworking projects?
What if every cut you made came out square and clean… Would that help you even more?
What if you had a simple and convenient way to make multiple pieces the exact same dimensions…
Do you think your projects might come together smoother?
Here’s one of my early projects, which is not complicated at all, but until I learned this method, I struggled to get projects like this to turn out square, and with tight joinery:
This is a basic quilt rack made from cheap pine lumber you can get from any home store. The ability to make square and consistent cuts made this project super easy.
Then it’s just about joining the pieces together, with joinery techniques that could be as simple as screws, pocket holes, or dowels.
And that’s the case with just about any project. If you can consistently make the pieces square and accurate, the rest of the project just seems to fall into place.
Here’s a china cabinet I did awhile back. While it seems more complicated, it’s really not. If you can make all the needed pieces with accurate dimensions, the whole project comes together very easily.
How about making a table with tapered legs. This does not have to be a technique learned after years of practice, and doesn’t need to be done by hand either.
For most tables, you’re still just making a series of cuts to create square and accurate pieces, then joining them together. Adding the taper to the legs is just a way to change up the style just a bit.
Here’s an example. This coffee table I did has tapered legs, and I did it on my table saw in a safe and simple way, which made each leg taper identically:
What is it that makes a guy like me (limited-time and limited-space woodworker in training) consistently make project after project with precision?
Once I figured this out, it literally changed my entire approach to woodworking, and I was finally able to take on any project I want.
It’s a Table Saw Upgrade that you build yourself! It’s basically a platform that supports your work piece as it slides across your table saw. It has attachments that secure the board in place for accurate and consistent cutting.
It’s made from plywood, it has a base to support the board, and it has what’s call Runners, which are strips of hardwood attached to the bottom. These runners fit perfectly in your table saw’s miter tracks.
On the back of the sled is a fence. This is installed at a 90 degree angle to the blade, so any work piece resting against the fence is cut perfectly at 90 degrees.
Also incorporated into the sled are some safety features so you don’t have to worry about risking an accident.
The really cool part is that if you build your sleds the right way, you can actually upgrade them over time, as you take on more advanced techniques.
But it still has to cover the basics, and do it consistently. Below is a quick video I made demonstrating the basics you can do with a good table saw sled.
With this sled (and others like it) I’ve been able to do SO MUCH MORE than I could when I first started woodworking.
But there were still techniques I wasn’t really equipped to handle.
I didn’t have a decent jointer which is used to put a clean, square edge along the side of a rough cut or crooked board.
Or I couldn’t find a good way to use my main sled to cut tapered legs.
So I made this next sled, which I call a Taper / Jointer sled. It takes care of many essential cuts that are needed when building the pieces to many types of furniture.
And what about more specialty cuts? What about making tongue and groove joints, or tenons, or a framed cabinet door?
These require more complicated cuts that involve holding the work piece vertically, with good support for safety and accuracy.
Here’s what I designed to handle these cuts and more. I call it a Vertical Cut Auxiliary Fence.
Well for starters, I strongly suggest building these sleds!
I’ve actually got several other shop-upgrade projects that I bet you’ll love…
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