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Precision Cross-Cut Sled......Redux

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Project by Rick Dennington posted 11-07-2014 03:43 PM 9903 views 38 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my version of the Precision cross-cut sled. I was looking through the Woodsmith Shop Plans (I have it in my favorites), and I came across this sled. It is in Season 4, Episode 403 entitled “Table Saw and Jig Accessories.”.....or Shop Notes #99…..I decided to build it, although I don’t know why, as I already had 4 sleds and a panel cutter….The base and “foot” are made of 1/2” BB ply….The base is 18” x 24”, and the foot is 3” x 24”....The fences and the other parts are made of hard Maple….I ordered the Kreg Top Trak kit from Amazon, but all the other hardware (Star knobs, threaded inserts, etc.) I already had….While I was waiting on the order to come in, I cut all the parts and got them ready…..I like the idea of having a single blade and dado blade set-up all in one sled….It works really good, and dead-on accurate….Once complete, I put 2 coats of clear shellac on all woodparts, added the tape and both stops, and it’s now ready to use….I’m glad I decided to build it, as it’s prolly my go-to sled now…..Build one for yourself….It may become your go-to sled, also…...One thing I forgot to mention: If you make the sled, you’ll need to elongate the slots in the end blocks a little more than the 1” it calls for, in order to get full use of all the dado blades you need…..I made mine about 1 1/2”.......

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!





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#1 posted 11-07-2014 04:54 PM

Stellar job on that sled. Saw that a while back and thought about it for myself. Too damn many other things to do…..........especially for the Holidays.

Have you considered upgrading your table saw set-up to something more workable ??..............ROFLMAO

Bruce

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#2 posted 11-07-2014 05:03 PM


Stellar job on that sled. Saw that a while back and thought about it for myself. Too damn many other things to do…..........especially for the Holidays.

Have you considered upgrading your table saw set-up to something more workable ??..............ROFLMAO

Bruce

- CPLUSWoodworker


I wish I had one Half that workable. Getting my first Tablesaw in 20 years this weekend and looking forward to makeing a sled and some other things for it soon. Willl have to do some cleanup and check the adjustments on it first. Going to be like a Kid with a New Toy for a while.

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#3 posted 11-07-2014 05:14 PM

Nice, very good idea, I have a few jigs on my list to make and I think this is one is on the short list. I have an idea to add on a quick connect taper jig with horizontal toggle clamps… so far I have found design issues in my sketch ups so I might just do 2 separate jigs, a crosscut like this would work great. thanks for posting!

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#4 posted 11-07-2014 05:23 PM

Hey Bruce….Thanks for the nice comment on the sled….it was fun to build….Lots of tweeking to get things right, but well worth it…...I am thinking of adding one or two more things to the saw set-up, but don’t know where I’d put it…...lol…...

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#5 posted 11-07-2014 05:27 PM

Thanks, Richard…..I’m very lucky that I have a large shop to do what I want to do in it….I designed it that way…Good luck on the new table saw….I have 2, and use both of them for different set-ups…I’m lucky to have the room to play…..What brand of saw are you getting..? you’ll probably need more than one sled….You know what they say…..one sled doesn’t fit all…..Thanks for looking…..Make one of these….You’ll like it….

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#6 posted 11-07-2014 05:34 PM

I appreciate the comment, jetwhoop….There is a jig that actually compliments this jig….it’s the box joint jig….I’m thinking about building it also….It retro-fits right on this sled, but I need to get the Micro-adjuster and build the parts….Just haven’t did it yet….I’m still thinking…..!!! On one of my sleds (the sled I built for the old Craftsman saw) I mounted toggle clamps on each side of the tall portion where you place your hands for safety…They work nicely, and holds parts tight aganist the fence….

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#7 posted 11-07-2014 05:58 PM

Thanks, Richard…..I m very lucky that I have a large shop to do what I want to do in it….I designed it that way…Good luck on the new table saw….I have 2, and use both of them for different set-ups…I m lucky to have the room to play…..What brand of saw are you getting..? you ll probably need more than one sled….You know what they say…..one sled doesn t fit all…..Thanks for looking…..Make one of these….You ll like it….

- Rick Dennington

Rick , I am picking up an older Rockwell Contractor saw on Sunday night. It is not a Unisaw but then I don’t have an actual shop to put it in and my Dad had one just like it so I already know the issues I will have with it , a new Fence and a Link Belt first most likely and maybe new bearings on the arbor but I hope not. I guess Sleds are a lot like Clamps. I need more of those too.
My Shop is a covered carport that I take the tools out to and then haul them back into the Apt. when done. But the dust collection ( WIND )has been really good the last week or so and it blows over to a vacant lot so no issues on cleanup. I have to find a place with at least a single car garage , the living room looks like a tool warehouse and lumber yard combined right now.

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#8 posted 11-07-2014 06:49 PM

Richard, hamg in there…It will get better….We just have to take it slow, sometimes…my first “shop” was a 12’ x16’ storage building that I bought and made into a little place to work the wood….This is my 3rd shop, and I realized that having the biggest shop, or the best tools is not what makes a good wooodworker….It’s the love of the craft, and the fun of it all…..You’‘ll get a shop of your dreams one day, and make all the chips and dust you want…..

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#9 posted 11-07-2014 08:21 PM

Damn nice job Rick!!

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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#10 posted 11-07-2014 08:22 PM

Bruce, as always, it’s good to hear from you….I was contacted last week by a couple of guys from my old platoon that I served with in Nam….Me and one of the guys was in the same squad…..he was also telling me what happened the day I got injured, and how everything went down…..It’s funny how you forget the little things after soooo many years…...I was glad we got to talk…...

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#11 posted 11-07-2014 08:23 PM

Thanks, Lee…Where you been man….I thought you dropped off the planet….Thanks for the comment, and as usual, good to hear from you…..

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#12 posted 11-07-2014 08:27 PM

Hey Rick;

I’ve been involved in a website business for the past few years, in addition to the Ezee-Feed business. Not spending too much time in the shop.

I hope all is well.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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#13 posted 11-07-2014 09:40 PM

Rick

Do you happen to know which Evac Hospital you were taken to?

I did 5 months with the Wolfhounds and got to really believing I would never survive the year…....... so I managed to get on Evac choppers with the 159th out of Tay Ninh.

We mainly flew into three Evac Hospitals….........the 12th Evac in Cu Chi, the (cannot remember the number) in Tay Ninh and the big 3rd Field Evac outside Saigon.

Do You remember which Evac Hospital you were taken to?

And, what date did you get banged up?

I was on choppers from June of 66 through July of 69. And, yes, the dates are correct, I kept going back on extensions.

It wasn’t being home between tours that bothered me,........it was “I just wasn’t done being a very good medic and could do some good”. Not being braggy, you know that…........ just what it was.

I would refuse to carry a pig. You guys shooting tracers were soooo easy for our little yellow friends to see where the fire was coming from. Not for me, Brother. Good on you.

Fun Stuff….... Get Some

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#14 posted 11-07-2014 10:49 PM

Hey Brother, Yea, I was taken to the 12th Evac…..Cu Chi being our base camp, we weren’t that far away when I got hit…..That was on April 13th, 1967….Friday the 13th…..my lucky day…Yep…you’re right about the tracer rounds…I hated those things..It was like ringing the dinner bell for Charlie…..

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#15 posted 11-08-2014 12:22 AM

Rick,
That is really a nice sled! I built one a few months back. I was cutting some 2” boards and went too far and now I have 2 sleds

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

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