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Crosscut Sled with Adjustable Dado Feature

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Project by ChipOffTheOldBlock posted 06-20-2014 03:27 AM 5416 views 54 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this crosscut sled from plans I found in Shop Notes magazine. I’ve seen some projects posted for the same or a slightly modified design.

I’d have to say that this is easily my favorite shop jig. The adjustable dado feature is incredibly helpful and, in my opinion, puts this design a notch above the standard sleds that most of us have made (i’ve made two standard versions before this one as well).

In addition to the dado feature, the sled has a Kreg Top Trak accompanied with a measuring scale, Kreg production stop,and a Kreg swing stop. Lastly, there is a removable extension arm that doubles the sled’s capacity to 48”.

I used 1/2” MDF for the base, Oak boards for the rails, and finished the hardwood with Amber Shellac, which has become a personal favorite for finishing shop projects.

Thanks for checking out my project and I would definitely recommend adding this sled version to your workshop.

-Chip

-- "Excellence is a thousand things done just a little bit better"





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bobasaurus

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#1 posted 06-20-2014 03:46 AM

That’s a neat sled design, looks really useful. Does the fence stay square when adjusting the zero clearance kerf? The kreg track seems handy. Why the cutoff in the upper left of the base? I too use amber shellac for nearly everything now. Dries so quickly, seals nicely, looks great.

-- Allen, Colorado

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thelt

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#2 posted 06-20-2014 09:42 AM

Now that’s a nifty idea. Which issue of ShopNotes was it in?

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#3 posted 06-20-2014 11:25 AM

Looks like it would earn it’s place in any shop. Nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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BinghamtonEd

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#4 posted 06-20-2014 12:33 PM

Nice job. I have the same sled and I use it many times on every project.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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sras

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#5 posted 06-20-2014 01:35 PM

Nicely done! The Kreg system is a nice upgrade. For those of you that are interested, here is a link to the ShopNotes plan.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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ChipOffTheOldBlock

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#6 posted 06-20-2014 03:25 PM

Allen – thanks for the comments. Yes, the fence does stay square even when adjustments to the kerf are made as well as when the extension fence is added. Admittedly, it took me a fair amount of time to tweak it to get it to an acceptable margin of error. The cutoff in the upper left corner is to eliminate some weight. Just a direction for the design; I don’t think it makes a significant impact, but I would definitely keep the base on the extension arm minimal.

-- "Excellence is a thousand things done just a little bit better"

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MT_Stringer

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#7 posted 06-20-2014 04:20 PM

Looks just like mine. I love it. And it works great. You should get a lot of use out of it.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#8 posted 06-20-2014 04:46 PM

Favorited! Will definitely be using some design cues here when I make mine, Thanks for posting!

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ChipOffTheOldBlock

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#9 posted 06-20-2014 05:22 PM

MT – I definitely have already gotten a lot of use out of this. I actually finished it a couple of weeks ago. When I was looking for designs, I favorited yours as well as another one I found on LJ. Some slight variations but I’m sure we all love this thing!

-- "Excellence is a thousand things done just a little bit better"

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ChipOffTheOldBlock

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#10 posted 06-20-2014 05:23 PM

smitdog – thanks for the comments. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions.

-- "Excellence is a thousand things done just a little bit better"

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lightweightladylefty

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#11 posted 06-21-2014 03:27 AM

Chip,

You’ve got some really nice features on this one! Thanks for sharing.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#12 posted 06-21-2014 08:56 PM

Have not previously seen one, great idea though, looks very stable

-- Norman

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#13 posted 10-07-2014 03:11 AM

great job on the sled ,i love mine too

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#14 posted 02-24-2015 09:30 PM



Why the cutoff in the upper left of the base?

- bobasaurus


I’ve wondered about the cutoff in this design myself. When I get around to building this, I think I will leave that material in place. It might be a good place to add a T-track for a taper jig or something.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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ChipOffTheOldBlock

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#15 posted 02-24-2015 09:43 PM

The only reason for the cut-out is to minimize the weight of the sled, especially since it’s MDF. However, I don’t think it’s critical.

-- "Excellence is a thousand things done just a little bit better"

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