|Project by Xtreme90||posted 02-21-2015 03:56 AM||4636 views||24 times favorited||16 comments|
My latest project I’m working on is a 184 drawer chest. The sides of the chest are approx 82” long and 12” wide. A series of dadoes needed to be crosscut along the 12” width and aprox 3” apart down the whole 82” length. All these dadoes needed to be done right and with precision. I didn’t like the thought of trying to use the router for all this dado work and especially being the sides are plywood. With all the tooling I have a cross cut sled was due.
So me and my dad built this crosscut sled together. The sled is 3’x6’ with a extra12” support pad on the right side. The main tracks that guide the beast on the saw are precision ground steel. Custom fit in my table saw slots the sled has absolutely NO play and rides like glass. The front and back fences are layered up 3/4” plywood glued 90 degrees from one another which created a beam like structure.. Stays flat and doesn’t warp/move. All fastners are bolts with threaded inserts to allow ease of adjustment for an always exact 90 degree cut. Or to just simply take it apart when not in use cause it’s honestly a huge sled. The main base is 3/4 mdf with 2 coats of floor finish on everything so it locks out most humidity/moitisure changes. Many t-tracks for locking your work down to the sled and for multiple other add ons. I went with woodpeckers t-track quick hold downs. Not cheap but well worth it, they have a rubber pad on each foot that keeps anything from sliding around and doesn’t damage your work piece.
Overall The sled works like a dream and cuts with perfection. I’m adding a zero clearance insert that’s designed to be used for single kerf blade or all dado widths. patience with woodworking always pays off but even more so it was fun to build with my father and always think of that when I use it.
-- "I don't cut wood. I machine it!" G.M. The wood machinest