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Review of the kit offered by Schlabaugh and Sons for WOOD Magazine's Universal Tablesaw Jig.

 

The hardware kit and lasered main board are sold by a company called Schlabaugh & Sons.  They sell the three components separately:
 
1.) The hardware kit ($44.95):
http://www.schsons.com/product.php?productid=16365&cat=0&page=1

2.) The laser engraved table ($24.95):
http://www.schsons.com/product.php?productid=16366&cat=0&page=1
 
3.) The plan.  You can download the plan from the File Downloads section of the Universal Tablesaw Jig's project.

My take on the jig -

Universal Table Saw Jig

I like using it.  My complaint about the kit from Schlabaugh and Sons is that I don't really care for their t-track or bolts.  The bolts supplied with the kit are square headed, and they don't slide real well in the t-track.  I much prefer aluminum t-track from Rockler. 

 

The laser engraved table is awesome and dead-on accurate.  You should take a look at the plan and see if you can get the hardware elsewhere for less.  I think the only part worth buying from Schlabaugh and Sons is the laser engraved table.

 

If you have purchased the kit (or built your own version of this sled), I'd like hear your opinion.  Leave a comment and tell us what you think!

 


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10/13/2010 10:45:29 AM
United States
Fred Freitag
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I think the Universal Table Saw Jig is great! I think it's especially useful for small parts (2 feet or less) and locking them into the jig/sled and then moving the whole jig/sled as opposed to sliding the small part across the table saw table. When parts get larger - then I move over to my Osborne EB-3. If very long parts - I use my sliding miter saw. If I'm cutting wide parts - I use my cross-cut sled. Each have their place in my shop and are each better at certain things than the others are at the same thing.

It's clearly has it's place and a jig I wouldn't be without after having used one. For small pictures frame type work it's ideal.

The Universal Table Saw Jig is great within it's limitations but a jig that no woodworker should be without. It's just not that expensive of a jig to make and it's usefulness it unbelievable.
7/24/2010 9:15:49 PM
United States
Scott
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Reply to comment from Thomas who wrote:
Firstly, thanks for all the work and info you've put into your site .. very nice !

Unfortunately, t...



They are still in business. Web address for product has changed slightly.

schsons.com/product.php

Scott
7/21/2010 8:55:19 AM
United States
Thomas
Posted by:
Firstly, thanks for all the work and info you've put into your site .. very nice !

Unfortunately, the Schlabaugh links above are inoperable, as is the root address http://www.schsons.com/ .. any recent info as to whether they're still in business and/or availability of the laser cut table board elsewhere ?

Tom
12/15/2009 1:55:35 AM
United States
Steve
Posted by:
Thanks John, another fine video. When I e-mailed you last, we both agree that a table saw should be my first big purchase. I do like the Crafsman Model#21833. The only problem with this is the t-track on the table is not the same on the jigs most sites say to have. Read some reviews on this table and they all say the t-track is not 3/8"x 3/4" but smaller.

Do you have any solutions to this problem, since the table in question is worth the money I have to use?

Thx Steve
10/30/2009 9:17:09 PM
South Africa
Rob
Posted by:
As the board is basically (front & back) symetric one can make the slaide as wide as required.  When using it on the other side of the blade, turn it around 180°.  I made a similar unit many onkey years ago and has served me well.

Thanks for an informative site.  Regards
Rob
3/12/2009 4:42:29 AM
United States
John W. Nixon
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Reply to comment from Ben Reese who wrote:
John, what do you think of using 3/4" x 3/8" T track rather than the 3/8" x 3/16" track ?   Also, I ...

Hi Ben,

The plan is little misleading with the way t-track is listed.  It's really 3/8 deep by 13/16 inch wide, so in reality it's very close to the size you'd like to use (3/8 deep by 3/4 inch wide).

I would definitely make it if I were you.  I'd use the t-track from Rockler or something similar - it's a lot smoother than the stuff I got with the kit.

I only trimmed less than an inch off the original table board.  You can't really make the main board much bigger since you use it on both sides of the blade.  The table will only be about twice as wide as the distance between the center of your miter track to the edge of your saw blade.

Let me know if you have any questions.  You did get the plan download from my site, right?
2/2/2009 3:27:11 AM
United States
Ben Reese
Posted by:
John, what do you think of using 3/4" x 3/8" T track rather than the 3/8" x 3/16" track ?   Also, I know that you cut the width of the board to fit your particular saw, but approximately what width is the uncut board.  I may make from scratch and was wondering what you would recommend as a good diminsional base board.   Thanks, have a Blessed day

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