Step 7: Sleds for the Table Saw
The first is the cross-cut sled. It is small, but it is all that is needed for a box maker. Soon there will be a large one for cutting wider and longer pieces of lumber. This is far superior to the cross-cut gauges that come with a saw. The one that came with my saw makes an excellent door stop.
The second is the miter sled [shown with the 45-degree end cut sled]. The miter sled is for making 45-degrees cuts in trim material. It needs to have a plastic guard attached over the cutting area. Cutting miters on this sled is preferable to using a miter saw, be it a hand miter saw, or a power miter saw. With this sled, infinitesimally small amount of wood can be taken off a miter so that the fit of the miter is perfect.
The third is for 45-degree end cuts. Because of the configuration of this sled it does not need a guard as one hand will hold the piece to be cut firmly against the fence, while the other is pushing the sled through the blade. Note on this sled there is an open area next to the user. That is so the pieces to be cut can be placed there prior to being cut, so they are not inadvertently mixed up.