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The Band Saw Accessories...made in the Shop #2: Bandsaw Crosscut Sled

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 1353 days ago 3975 reads 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Cutting Thin Strips on the Band Saw Part 2 of The Band Saw Accessories...made in the Shop series Part 3: Tilting Bandsaw Miter Sled »

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. Charles Darwin…(1809 -1948) English Naturalist

Sometimes as woodworkers we face a variety of situations that require some versatility and a little thought. This occurred to me one day while making wood inlay bandings in the woodworking shop. There are times that I feel quite comfortable making crosscuts on the 10 inch table saw using one of my cross cut sleds. However, there are other times when the material is small and I feel better using the bandsaw instead because the saw blade cuts at a lesser speed and also has a narrower kerf. Since I have found great success using sleds (miter sled and dado sled) for the table saw I decided to make a crosscut sled for the bandsaw and I’m glad I did. See if it works for you.

Read more about the Bandsaw Crosscut Sled.

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Learn about the Bandsaw Rip Fence made in the Shop.
See how the rip fence is used for Cutting Thin Strips on the Band Saw.

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-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com



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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 1353 days ago

Bob, cute little Band Saw Sled!

Hadn’t really thought of doing that before…

One thing I think I would do is have the regular fence up close (not touching) the sled then clamp a Stop Block to the fence to prevent accidental cutting the sled in half… (provide a tad more safety too)...

Very nice! Will make one up!

Oh, I’ve been meaning to ask… I miss not being able to click the video screen to get Full Screen video… any chance you could get that feature added?

Thank you very much!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Bob Simmons

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#2 posted 1353 days ago

Joe…

On my site you can watch the video in full screen….check it out! When you make the sled (10 minutes) and use it you will wonder why you it took you this long to make a crosscut sled for the band saw. It’s simplicity is also it’s beauty. Keep in mind it offers pinpoint accuracy along with a zero clearance. You’ll also get more mileage out of your scrap wood that would be unsafe to cut on the table saw. Plus…you can’t beat the price of the shop made band saw crosscut sled. Let me know how your model works out for you.

Always welcome!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 1353 days ago

Hey! That makes a BIG difference!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Roger

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#4 posted 1353 days ago

Really awesome idea. That will definately be on my “things to make” list, very soon. Thnx for sharing

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Bob Simmons

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#5 posted 1353 days ago

Roger…You’ll love it. Enjoy!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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CL810

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#6 posted 1353 days ago

Great website Bob!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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Bob Simmons

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#7 posted 1353 days ago

CL810…Hope you enjoy it. Thanks very much!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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Dusty56

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#8 posted 1353 days ago

Great ideas ..thanks for sharing with us : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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twokidsnosleep

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#9 posted 1353 days ago

Saved my fingers, it’s scary doing small cuts like these on the table saw…sled or not.
Thanks for the great idea!!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#10 posted 1353 days ago

That does make a lot more sense than letting half the wood go to dust collection ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Bob Simmons

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#11 posted 1353 days ago

Dusty56…You’re welcome! Hope it makes a difference for your woodworking.

twokidsnosleep…It is much safer than cutting small pieces on the tablesaw and you are also able to utilize more of your material. Good luck with it.

TopamaxSurvivor…You’re right! Tablesaw kerfs add up when you are doing a lot off cutting. The bandsaw kerf is much narrower and as a result more material is saved.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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woodsmithshop

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#12 posted 1353 days ago

I like it, why haven’t I thought of this sooner? that just may be my next project, after I clean my shop from the last project. lol

-- Smitty!!!

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Bob Simmons

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#13 posted 1353 days ago

Smitty…A clean shop always feels better. Hope the bandsaw crosscut sled makes a difference for you. Good luck w/ it.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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davidroberts

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#14 posted 1352 days ago

Now that is a great idea, simple, cheap and oh so functional. Perfect.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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Bob Simmons

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#15 posted 1352 days ago

David…You’ll like it because…. It’s simplicity and its function offer great value. Plus, it’s simple to build and highly effective especially when working w/ small pieces.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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