Small crosscut sled

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Project by Tony Mirabella posted 01-09-2009 06:44 AM 2939 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first crosscut sled. Nothing fancy, just 1/2” birch ply, oak runners, and 2×4 fences. Oh, and the little red block that’s there to tell me “Hey, idiot! Watch your thumbs.”

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#1 posted 01-09-2009 10:08 AM

Nice workshop project.

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#2 posted 01-09-2009 02:20 PM

This is a nice project. I have one of these on my to-do list as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 01-09-2009 03:07 PM

Nice job. I’m going to run out and add a red “Watch your thumbs.” block to mine this weekend. Thanks for the idea.

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#4 posted 01-09-2009 03:20 PM

Nice idea with the red block…. I think I’ll add one to mine.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 01-09-2009 03:33 PM

Nice sled…...They are very useful.

Be carefull with that dewalt blade…. its hook angle is really designed to go into your chop saw. The slight negative hook is designed to provide downward pressure to push the wood against the chop saw fence. A positive hook angle blade is better suited for the tablesaw as it is deigned to provide dowward force to the table surface. The dewalt blade in the table saw could lift the lumber up and into the blade sending it into the air or worse.

Tips from experience after an incident i had and then I read more on blades and their uses.

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#6 posted 01-09-2009 04:02 PM

oh, I agree, great idea to put the red in the “red zone.” I’ve built a few sleds lately and I’m going to retrofit the red. Thank for the idea.

-- Greg, CT

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#7 posted 01-09-2009 04:49 PM

Thanks for the comments, everyone.

SeniorChief, thanks for the tip about the blade. That one’s only temporary until I get my hands on a better blade, but I’ll go ahead and set it aside as a back-up for my chop saw.

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#8 posted 01-09-2009 07:08 PM

couldn’t do without mine…and I do like the color addition.

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#9 posted 01-09-2009 07:27 PM

Nice sled Tony. I agree with the red block comments. Absolutely great idea.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#10 posted 01-10-2009 05:41 AM

I have done similar with the one for the kids at school, I also put a piece of 6” wide plexiglass from front to back just screwed down to the top of the fences. Finally I added a hold down clamp. This way the kids don’t even have to touch the board. Watching the same students who made dados last year without it compared to the same kids this year with the sled. They love it and comment on how easy, safe, and accurate it is.

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#11 posted 02-03-2009 01:45 PM

Nice sled.

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