Well it was about time to retire/replace the crosscut sled I made about 10 years ago. It served good duty, but after being tossed around in the back of my truck and used and abused by the guys on the job, I thought I’d make myself a new sled with a few extras. I reclaimed the fence from the old sled, as it is laminated hard maple. It only needed a few passes over the jointer and planer to get it nick free and spiffy looking. Since I want this sled to handle dados and possibly beve...
I should remember that there are no shortcuts to good work. It took longer to complete this sled build than it should have. I should have slowed down to get the countersinks drilled right the first time. Oh, well. The sled is done and is square. As I stated I used William Ng’s “5 Cuts to a Perfect Crosscut Sled”. It is just I took more than two sets of tests to get the front fence set to square. And so it goes.
Oh my! You guys have no idea how happy I am right now. It took about two weeks, a digital angle finder, a dial indicator, a new Biesemeyer fence, table saw extensions, and a lot of sweat, but this crosscut sled is done! Well, almost. Still have to build accessories, paint it, and make it look all pretty and whatnot, but at the very least, I can use it to cut, or more exactly to crosscut. You are probably wondering how on earth can a simple sled make a guy this kuckoo right? It is by no mea...
We don’t do anything small. Not even crosscut sleds! This one has extendable fences, zero clearance inserts, micro-adjusters and three attachable jigs for finger joints, splined miters, half laps, bridle joints, tenons and more! This is part two- where I demonstrate all of the attachments. You can get detailed instructions for the project here. PLEASE SUBSCRIBE TO OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL! And visit our website- it’s how we support the show! To enter to win our monthly tool ...
I have a 10” Rockwell Table Saw, which I bought many years ago, had it in storage when I lived overseas and finally this spring being semi rerired, put it back in service. I need a Crosscut Sled. Did a lot ot on-line research, found what I like and made it to suit my saw and me. The saws main table is 24” wide and 22” deep, so I duplicated it using 1/2” birch plywood. Runners are maple, trimmed to fit and glued to the bottom of the plywood. Fence material is...
My second blog in this series is an adjustable sled. In a perfect world a sled would stay spot on accurate for ever. In the real world however things go wrong for various reasons. To overcome this problem I thought about a sled with a fence that could be adjusted when it goes out of square for whatever reason. Then I saw Dave's Super accurate crosscut sled here on LJ. This was also the inspiration for the SketchUp model which can be downloaded over here The other reason is that I found tha...
After reading a few articles and watching a few videos that had one, I decided to build a crosscut sled for my table saw. I looked at a bunch of designs but eventually came up with my own. Here’s what I built: I used ¾” birch ply for the base, doug fir for the front and back rails, and red oak for the sled runners. I found a 2×8x20’ at the local hardware place that had some very nice tight grain. Most construction lumber has really wide growth rings but this one board, out o...
First, I put some 1” screws into the front fence to help keep the two halves together. Those smaller holes are the shelf pin holes that were part of the bookshelf I made this sled from. I then started attaching the rear fence. I put a few 2.5” screws from underneath. Then I put some 5/8” screws into the runners from underneath. When I started setting up to put the front fence up I realized that it was so tall I wouldn’t be able to reach the stock ...
My previous post was about making the runners. After they dried I ran both halves through the saw to square them to the blade. They came out pretty good. I just need to get some small screws to help secure the runners. Then I started working on the fences. I’m using all scrap wood, so I found the best piece I could for the rear fence and cut it out similar to what you usually see in a lot of pictures of crosscut sleds online. I basically just removed some bulk to make it ligh...
I realized early on after receiving my table saw that I would need a crosscut sled. The miter gauge was just too wobbly to be sure I was getting 90 degree cuts. My daughter had this bookshelf in her room that we replaced with some other furniture. Instead of trashing it, I decided that I could at least use it for something and decided on a crosscut sled. It’s made of particle board or something so I know I’m sinning a little bit, but it’s free and it’s all I ...
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