Segmented Stave Bowl Table Saw Sled

January 31, 2011 by
Filed under: Articles, Making a Segmented Bowl 

Table Saw Sled Construction (Double click on The Table Saw Sled Construction to see how to make the sled).

Thanks to all who took the time to view the demo on ‘How to Cut Bowl Staves” at the DIY Woodworking Tool Show in Kansas City.  A special thanks goes to Larry Bowden for allowing me to use their SawStop for my demo.  Many of you wanted me to post photos with dimensions of the sled (gig and fixture) I used for the demo.  Don’t hesitate to write or call me if you have any questions or problems with your segmented bowl making. 

I believe this sled design can consistantly produce segmented staves for anyone who will take the time to buid it.  Of course you will need to contact Kevin Neelley for the computer program that calculates the miter gage angle, blade tilt, stave length and the length of the board you will need to make your bowl.  You can view Kevin’s world class segemented bowls by logging onto his website.   His website is listed as a link on this website or click on so that you can order Kevin’s computer  program.

You can find my  “how to videos” which show you who I make the segmented bowls from the drop down memu under ‘Series’ at the home page of this website.   The pull down menu under ‘Series’ lists all the videos starting with #1.  If you want to view only the latest videos in reverse order then use the ‘Video’ pull down menu.

Good luck and remember to send me photos of your finished bowls.  The sled is 30″ long and 6″ deep.  The fence is 3″ tall.   I constructed the sled from 3/4″ Baltic Birch Plywood.


3 Responses to “Segmented Stave Bowl Table Saw Sled”
  1. Roger Fryett says:

    Dear Jay. I talked briefly with you in K.C. at the woodworkers show. I am ready to start on a leaf bowl. Can’t wait. This e-mail is about the stave cutting jigs. I can’t seem to find the plans for them. Are you willing to share this information?. I also would like to know what store the kreg jig is availalble at. Looking forward to hearing from you.


    • Jay Helland says:

      I apologize but I don’t believe that I got back with you about the jigs I use. The jigs and procedures are posted on my website in the form of video and PowerPoint documents. The PowerPoints can be downloaded to your computer and printed. Please let me know if you have any problems and send me photos of your work.



  2. Roger Fryett says:

    Dear Jay

    Not sure what is going on with my computer. Can’t seem to open certain things. I have two questions for you. One,I can’t open or no longer find the video on how to make 8 pointed starts, can you tell me where to look. two, I bought the same Kreg fence as you have. How do you prevent running into the metal fence when cutting staves. Thank you

    Roger Fryett

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