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New Cross Cut Sled and Miter Sled for the Table saw

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Project by Sawdustmaker115 posted 10-18-2014 05:52 PM 1987 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
New Cross Cut Sled and Miter Sled for the Table saw
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Hello, I was in the need for a new cross cut sled because my latest one had been dropped on to the floor and it basically rendered it useless. So I made a new sled, while I was at it I also made a miter sled. I figered I would just post this for those of you who may want to build a quick and simple sled.

The cross cut sled’s runners are made from hard maple, the base is made from a piece of mdf, and the fence is just made from some 5/4 #1 pine I had laying around, the back fence is made with a scrap piece of tiger wood.
This sled measures 24’’ deep (giving me 21-1/2’’ of cut capacity) by 26’’ long

The miter sled also has an mdf base and maple runners, the fence is made from a scrap piece of cabinet grade plywood. This sled measures 21’’ by 21’‘

-- Anthony--http://knottywoodshop.weebly.com/





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Glen Barlow

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#1 posted 10-18-2014 06:51 PM

I have yet to attempt to make a cross cut sled but I am about to try it in the next few days. Yours looks very handy and yet easy to build hopefully. Thanks for the post.

-- Glen

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Sawdustmaker115

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#2 posted 10-19-2014 04:06 AM

Yeah these were really simple, if you have any questions feel free to ask

-- Anthony--http://knottywoodshop.weebly.com/

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#3 posted 10-19-2014 08:27 AM

Great sleds, Anthony!

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 10-19-2014 04:37 PM

Great sleds there Anthony … I’ve seen a lot of variations to this design, some with a lot of bells and whistles, and some with adjusters here and there.
Your sled is clean and practical, and may I say very useable.
Mine is very similar, and I used the five cut method and lucked out to a .002” error to perfectly square. (This will change about .0015” depending on the moisture in the air)... But do we ever cut to that tolerance??
Thanks for posting your sleds

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Sawdustmaker115

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#5 posted 10-19-2014 05:37 PM

I did the five cut method on this aswell, after about 4 times of doing it i got it to .002.

On my othersleds I’ve never had to do it more than twice, so this on was a bit of butt to get dialed in.
I’m one of those guys who needs it to have there tools working at very high tolerances, guess I just get that from my brother who’s a mechanical engineer.

I wanted to make a sled with an adjuster for cutting out box joints sometime.

-- Anthony--http://knottywoodshop.weebly.com/

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Duckster

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#6 posted 10-23-2014 02:22 AM

Anthony,
What do you use the sled mostly for. I have a miter sled, but I’ve never made just a straight sled.

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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Sawdustmaker115

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#7 posted 10-23-2014 04:36 AM



Anthony,
What do you use the sled mostly for. I have a miter sled, but I ve never made just a straight sled.

- Duckster

Well I use it for almost anything I do on the TS…they really are so usefull.
The biggest reason for the cross cut sled is for just that, cross cutting. When I need to cross cut a board I first cut it to rough length on my miter saw, then I use this to make the final cut on the boad. I find that I get stupid good results from using a sled as appose to a miter saw. If you don’t have a cross cut sled I would highly suggest you make one, I really don’t know how I made do without one back in my earlier days of woodworking.

-- Anthony--http://knottywoodshop.weebly.com/

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Duckster

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#8 posted 10-23-2014 05:33 PM

Anthony,
I noticed you have your 3/4” slots going over onto your table. Why?

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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Grumpymike

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#9 posted 10-23-2014 08:42 PM

Hey Anthony,
here is a suggestion for your box joints. I have three 3/4” thick by 12” pieces that I have placed the appropriate pin size in, and I use which ever one for the joint size I want.
I clamp one of the jigs to the fence of the sled and place a brass setup block between the blade and the pin.
Make a test piece and adjust with a slight tap if needed.
These also work really well on the router table

Duckster
A lot of out feed tables are made exactly the same height of the saw table, the miter gauge or sled guides will catch if not relieved.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Sawdustmaker115

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#10 posted 10-23-2014 09:15 PM

Hey Grumpy, I think I know what you mean but I’m not quiet getting it. If you could post a pic it would make a lot more sense to me, honestly I think I’m just a bit slow lol


Anthony,
I noticed you have your 3/4” slots going over onto your table. Why?

- Duckster

Grumpy explained it well.

-- Anthony--http://knottywoodshop.weebly.com/

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