|Project by drewpy||posted 08-06-2015 02:42 PM||2112 views||11 times favorited||5 comments|
I needed a cross cut sled to cut some box tops and bottoms more accurately and safely. I had been thinking about this for a long time but almost all the ones I looked at here and on other online sites incorporated t-track and other purchased items. I didn’t want to spend much on this because I am cheap and this is my first sled.
It’s made from about 8 different woods that have been sitting around for a long time. The base is MDF that I sealed with an oil poly and then waxed the bottom. I only had to purchase the t-nut, insert screw and a small washer for the stop block that is made out of Oak and carelessly stained.
The turn knob is made from scrap Walnut that was glued up, drilled with a forstner bit and then cut with the band saw. The wood knob was epoxied to a star knob with a 5/16-18 thread.
The bottom of the front fence was rounded over just enough to allow some dust there and not clog the fence. I saw this when looking at cross cut sleds but unfortunately I don’t remember who to give credit for this idea.
EDIT—I incorporated the sawdust groove idea from a project Klaus posted http://lumberjocks.com/projects/165970
I also saw some ideas on stops for sleds so I added a bolt to my tables side face but haven’t decided what to attach to the sled for the stop. I don’t have much sled surface to attach something that would be solid and I am cheap and don’t want to spend money on something metal.
On the right side I left a little shelf to hold my wooden tape measure and a couple of pencils because I always seem to set them in the most inconvenient places when I am ready to cut and struggle to retrieve them when needed again.
There are so many great sleds out there and the ideas are limitless. It’s not pretty but will fit my current needs and I learned a lot from it. Coming up with the stable stop block idea was fun.
Thanks for looking and if you have any questions let me know.
-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".