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Crosscut Sled v.1

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Project by gizmodyne posted 2660 days ago 4395 views 11 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to make a crosscut sled today. I use them all the time at class and they are simply the best way to crosscut. So I read a few articles/ watched a few videos and headed out to the shop.

The runners and “braces” are made of quartersawn oak. They are screwed through the bottom. They were evil to drill through.

I have a little fine tuning, but mostly… it works well.

I added a safety feature. The little block on the back to hide the blade.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne





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Max

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#1 posted 2660 days ago

The block on the back is a great idea…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 2660 days ago

It looks very nice.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 2660 days ago

I’ve GOT to make one of these as well.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#4 posted 2660 days ago

I was looking at some cool plans for one in April/May American woodworker (Page 72). I has an adjustable stop and t-Track on each slde of the sled. Also, Matt has one for last weeks jig of the week on his podcast site.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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gizmodyne

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#5 posted 2660 days ago

Wayne,

I looked at that magazine while in line at “the Borg”. That is what got me thinking. I looked at Matt’s too, but it doesn’t have a front brace.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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WayneC

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#6 posted 2660 days ago

The part I liked about the one at Matts was the Phenolic (or how ever you spell it) runner. I like the design of yours better.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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niki

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#7 posted 2660 days ago

Very nice sled and the block behind sure makes it more safe to use.

If, as you said, you use them in class and need to make a few of them, please have a look at my method, maybe it will make it easier for you.
I’m keeping the shimmed so called “Vertical board” and I can make many of them very fast and accurate.
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/277

Regards
niki

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#8 posted 2659 days ago

Great sled you made John. Strong and very durable.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#9 posted 2659 days ago

One of the members of our woodworkers club has the right side surface that moves so that he can cut dadoes as a zero clearance table surface and then move the right side table back to the single blade.

It might be the left hand side that moves, I’m not sure.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Chip

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#10 posted 2659 days ago

Great sled Giz. I just finished making one and used 3/4” MDF for the base. The thing is 2’ x 3 1/2’ and weighs a freakin ton. I kinda regret useing the MDF. I’ll try to get some pics over the next few days and throw it up here. Great job on your sled though and thanks a lot for sharing it.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#11 posted 2659 days ago

Nice sled gizmo, never made one because I have a Rigid power miter, but I can see the advantage in this, for one thing not having to flip boards to make a wide cut. Jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 2657 days ago

Thanks for all of the comments.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#13 posted 2654 days ago

I spent some time aligning my saw this week
Set the blade parallel to mitre.
Leveled tables.
Squared sled.

Now I have used the sled several times. It works great. I am going to make another for dado work.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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niki

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#14 posted 2654 days ago

Hi Gizmo

If you are making another one, why don’t you make another two and dedicate the second one as “45° frame cutting sled” (I have it on one of my posts, maybe it will give you some ideas).

niki

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#15 posted 2654 days ago

That is a good idea. I am thinking about upgrading my table saw in the next year. Are sleds cross compatible?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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