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Project by Mike Merzke posted 01-24-2015 04:16 AM 2185 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built a new cross cut sled for my Tables saw. I have a video where I show how I made this on Woodshop Confessions. I have also written a full tutorial on the build on my website at http://merzkecustomwoodworking.com/2015/01/22/crosscut-sled/. Thanks for stopping by!

-- Mike Merzke, https://www.merzkecustomwoodworking.com





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GeneralDisorder

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#1 posted 01-24-2015 06:23 AM

Looks pretty much how I make them except usually a solid stiffener across the blade entering side. Can’t see the need for a video or tutorial on something that is so simple.

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cnarf

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#2 posted 01-24-2015 10:34 AM

It is a very helpful video. People who are new to wood working get reassurance seeing that the simple things are that simple.

-- cnarf, Ireland

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greyspider

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#3 posted 01-24-2015 11:20 AM

I would like to thank you for taking the time and effort. There are varying degrees of experience on this board and if it helps one woodworker here all the better. We all started somewhere

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geekwoodworker

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#4 posted 01-24-2015 12:10 PM

As we all know videos are always more helpful then a quick blurb and some pictures. I have been woodworking for over 25 years and when I finally decided to make a crosscut sled I went to youtube to check out the videos first and found many different ways to make one. Contrary to what generaldisorder says they aren’t that simple because if mitre slots are too loose or too tight then it won’t be accurate or will be hard to push. Also having the fence square is very important to its accuracy. There is more than one way to make a cross cut sled also so having many different videos for me and others to choose from for our design and inspiration is great. No project is too simple or difficult for a video.

With that said I thank you for taking the time to make both vidoes and pictures and posting them for all to see.

To generaldisorder I challenge you to actually post a project some day for all to be inspired by your creation.

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Roger

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#5 posted 01-24-2015 12:59 PM

Nice sled. These are handy dandy

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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Mike Merzke

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#6 posted 01-24-2015 01:27 PM

Thanks guy! I have learned a lot from other people sharing their work and their techniques. This is my way of hopefully helping some other people out even if it’s just to give them a different idea on how to do something. This is what’s great about 99% of us woodworkers… We are willing to help and support our fellow woodworker. It’s sad that some people just troll these sites to put their two cents in.

-- Mike Merzke, https://www.merzkecustomwoodworking.com

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cracknpop

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#7 posted 01-24-2015 03:47 PM

Thanks for sharing. Question about the table with the holes in the top… holes just for bench dogs or downdraft sanding?

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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Mike Merzke

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#8 posted 01-24-2015 04:27 PM

Rick those holds are for bench dogs and to clamp work pieces to the table top.

-- Mike Merzke, https://www.merzkecustomwoodworking.com

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Rick Dennington

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#9 posted 01-24-2015 05:31 PM

Stellar job on the sled….It should do you for a long time….But, as we all know, you can’t have just one…Kind of like clamps, each sled has a special use….I have 6 different types, ranging from small to large…For an all- around
sled which has really been my go-to, I built a Precision Cross Cut Sled..You can use it as a single blade, or open it up and use a dado set w/o ever changing sleds…..If you’d like to see it, it’s in my Projects…..Remember…..one size don’t fit all…....

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

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Mike Merzke

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#10 posted 01-24-2015 05:38 PM

Now why did you have to tell me about your sled??? Now I’ve got to build one also!!! That is an amazing set up you have there.

-- Mike Merzke, https://www.merzkecustomwoodworking.com

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Rick Dennington

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#11 posted 01-24-2015 05:45 PM

Thanks…I appreciate the nice comment….If you ever built one, you’d see what I’m talking about….it’s sooo easy to use, and the Kreg Top Trak system is the cat’s meow….A little wood, some hardware, and you’ll have the cat’s meow, too…..lol….

Hey Mike…..I looked at your blog on how you made your sled, and also you have a very nice set-up in your shop….Looks like a good design and layout of tools and machines…....Stellar job..I like looking at shops…..

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

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GeneralDisorder

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#12 posted 01-25-2015 01:31 AM

Mike, sorry about my first comment. Really is a good practical sled and a commendable effort on the tutorial and video. No excuse for the mood I was in and I probably need adult supervision

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