I never heard of a table saw sled before I joined woodworking forums post retirement. They just don’t show up in shipyards, likely because they are for cutting straight lines. :-)
When I did start seeing them they looked either so simple that I couldn’t see the advantage over a good miter gauge or so complex that I just wasn’t interested in going to the trouble. …. and then there’s the storage ……. I tend to make single use jigs and chuck them rather than filling my shop with them.
Soooo …. then I saw kiefer’s brilliant version and I suddenly had the urge to build one. The time was right this week when I was setting up my winter ShopSmith based shop as the table saw is everyone’s choice for the poorest function of the SS and I felt that a sled would improve this considerably.
There’s no need to go into details on this as it is all covered in Klaus’ project post complete with his “how it works” video. Suffice to say it is brilliant and works as advertised except for one tiny problem (ShopSmith’s not Klaus’) that I will deal with as a separate post. This one is about thanking my buddy for his version of the common table saw sled.
If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.