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Project by Chuck McIntyre posted 08-17-2015 09:37 PM 3841 views 10 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this several months ago for the same reasons everyone else makes a crosscut sled. It has gotten a ton of use and has made life a little easier in the shop. It is not an original design. It is based (pretty darn closely) on the Woodsmith plan.

The base is made of 1/2” birch ply. The fence extension is made of 3/4” white oak and features the Kreg track system. It extends up to 48” and can handle a board up to 14” wide. The fence extension is designed to be removable but it has been in place since I made it. The knobs on the right side allow the sled to open up and be used as a zero-clearance insert with a dado stack. I have used it in this capacity many times and it has performed wonderfully.

With the contractor-type table saw and little left side support, things got pretty dicey when the stop was placed past the left edge of the table. I just posted a table saw cabinet that has taken care of that problem.

Thanks for looking!

Chuck

-- Wood is a gift from God that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.





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htl

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#1 posted 08-19-2015 12:19 AM

Very nicely done.
Got to love our Dewalts!
I just added an extension table to mine and am having the same problem with the tipping.

Will be adding a small leg at some time.

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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#2 posted 08-19-2015 02:37 AM

Does that Dewalt contractor saw accept a stacked dado blade? I’ve heard that at least one model doesn’t accept it/them.

-- "Excellence is a thousand things done just a little bit better"

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Chuck McIntyre

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#3 posted 08-19-2015 06:14 AM

Chip,

Technically, I don’t think that it is supposed to. I seem to recall reading that somewhere and it seems as though it had something to do with not being able to get a zero-clearance insert for it. Not 100% sure on the reason. However, the arbor is long enough to accept the Freud set I have. I have never had an issue.

Chuck

-- Wood is a gift from God that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#4 posted 08-19-2015 06:21 AM

Htl,

I think that is a problem with any of the contractor-type saws. The portable stand that came with it is great if you are moving it around a lot and need the flexibility. Mine pretty much stays in the shop so I mostly found myself tripping over the legs. Having that dedicated left-side support has been really nice. I now have 36” to the left of the blade. It is very reassuring when you throw a piece of 3/4” oak ply on there. Now if I can only get the outfeed table done so I can have that same reassuring feeling when the blade passes the halfway mark of that same piece of 3/4” oak ply!

Chuck

-- Wood is a gift from God that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#5 posted 08-19-2015 05:31 PM

I built the “left-handed” version of this when working on my dad’s table saw….and then bought a SawStop with a left tilting blade. (Tilts the other direction from Dad’s) It works ok but I’ve messed up the base and no longer have “zero clearance”. The good news is that all it will take is cutting out the large base and replacing it and then remounting the runners. Did you build any of the accessories from the original article?

-- DocGrins, Pendleton Indiana

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#6 posted 08-19-2015 07:59 PM

Doc,

The only thing I did that may have been an accessory was the fence extension. It seems as though there was a box joint jig but I’m not sure what the others were. As long as you don’t need the zero-clearance feature, I’m sure yours is taking care of you quite nicely. The SawStop must be pretty nice, as well!

Chuck

-- Wood is a gift from God that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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