Cross Cut Sled

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Project by MickeyD posted 1814 days ago 4320 views 30 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have finally finished our cross cut sled. After a few false starts (Chinese plywood) and miss turns it is finished and cuts square. I thank Kelly Mehler for inspiration. Whenever I would feel frustrated or unsure I would watch his video and feel calm and confident again. Jed (Kindlingmaker) was ever patient and supportive….I think he just wanted the sled finished and usable. ; ) We bought a saw blade just for cutting plastic to make the safety cover and it worked well. The front fence was not quite square after sitting around so long, but a couple of passes through the drum sander fixed that. The base is 1/2” Baltic birch plywood and the fences are 5-4 red oak. The safety block is several pieces of red oak glued together. The sled is 20” x 34” and has a fence height of 4 1/2”. The plexiglass safety cover reduces the amount of sawdust being thrown into the air besides helping to hold down the wood and keeping my fingers away from the blade. The guard is made of 1/4” plexiglass and I dado cut the groves in the fences to hold it in place. Johnson’s paste floor wax was applied to the bottom for smooth sliding action. I am very happy with the project and I am looking forward to years of use. : )

-- -Willing to try

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#1 posted 1814 days ago

Congrats, Nice job

I really like the lexan saw guard.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#2 posted 1814 days ago

This is a nice sled, Mickey. I like the addition of the blade guard as well. I put one on mine because I have a bad habit of reaching inside the sled for the offcuts before the blade stops spinning. But I only put a shield in place and, you are right, it does throw off sawdust. I like the enclosed guard that you built not only for safety’s sake but also for controlling dust.

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

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#3 posted 1814 days ago

Nice job. Looks like the same size one I had at my cabinet shop. Cut many a cabinet part with it. Wish I had never parted with it or the saw.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 1814 days ago

that’s an excellent sled…and from the sounds of it is very smooth…and I like the guard…excellent.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#5 posted 1814 days ago


I recently built a sled and I love it. It makes cutting a joy. I find that it really helps to control the dust too.

-- West Seattle, WA

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#6 posted 1814 days ago

what do you use for runners beneath? a piece of hardwood? or a piece of aluminum or brass? is there any play? One runner or two?

-- West Seattle, WA

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#7 posted 1814 days ago

Congratulations on completing your cross cut sled. I know how projects can drag on and being able to say you completed something is a great feeling. I have build three cross cut sleds in my lifetime and each one gets better and better. Great job – i love the Plexiglas idea for safety.

-- Matt, Arizona

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#8 posted 1814 days ago

GrainTrain79 I used 2 steel miter bars from Peachtree. They have spring plungers that can be adjusted to stop side to side play.


-- -Willing to try

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#9 posted 1814 days ago

Hey I like the hole idea very useful Congrats
Nice Plexiglas idea

-- Scott JoBurg MI The More you know the less mistakes...........

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#10 posted 1814 days ago

Nice. I like the plexiglass safety cover. I may need to scrap mine out and make one like yours.

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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#11 posted 1813 days ago

Nicely built sled.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#12 posted 1812 days ago

Very nice sled! Every time I come on this site, I add things to my to do list, and this is one of those items I really could use.

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#13 posted 1810 days ago

outstanding sled,very glad to see plexyglass shield cover the blade, the first time your fingers bump it instead of the spinning blade they will thank you

-- you must live for something or die for nothing (rambo)

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#14 posted 1795 days ago

Wow – this is great!

I saw the one you based it on in a fine woodworking video – and yours is superb!

Great job!


-- "Government "help" to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off. " - Ayn Rand

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#15 posted 1795 days ago

Cool Sled….one of the most useful jigs IMHO….that one is a keeper for sure…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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