Large crosscut sled

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Project by NBeener posted 11-03-2009 05:54 AM 6116 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Didn’t feel like going back after the dovetails, today. Stopped by the Depot, and got about five pieces out of the cull bin (my new favorite playground).

Between that, and a ~2’ x 4’ sheet of 1/2” MDF, and a chunk of polycarbonate I had lying around … I seem to have built myself a fairly substantial crosscut sled with the ‘blade guard’ in place.

Bought a 6’ length of 3/4” x 3/4” oak. Ripped it cleanly in half to make the miter sliders.

Bottom and runners have Johnson’s Paste Wax on them.

Top probably won’t.

DID do the Johnson’s thing to the top of the table saw, and its miter slots, too.

Why? I Dunno.

I already had a smaller crosscut sled, and learned just how handy they are, but … bigger IS better ;-)

Thanks for looking….


-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 11-03-2009 06:00 AM

Thats a super size sled. Nice job.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 11-03-2009 06:03 AM

Looks big! It ought to work great. Wish I had that last weekend, I could have gladly tested it out for ya. Nice work!

BTW: Where is this cull bin I read about every so often? I spent a couple hours in the Depot this weekend and I didn’t see it. Not that I remembered to look or anything. I don’t get to the Depot that often so I’m not that familiar with the store. I find their prices are a little higher and I have to pass Menards and Lowes to get to the Depot any way.

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#3 posted 11-03-2009 06:03 AM

Wow Neil
That’s a biggen all right . That wax should make it slid really nice. Now you get to find a place to store that baby.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 11-03-2009 06:17 AM

Thanks, Ken, Chunk, and Jim!

I don’t know if there’s a set place for their cull. I’ve just asked at each store I’ve visited. It’s also good to know on what day their vendors pick it up. Everything @ the HD near me is $0.51/pc. I’ve even pulled $30 sheets off the shelf, with a bit of warp, and they’ve volunteered to call it cull (!).

Lowe’s seemed to have something similar, but it seemed like big lots of 2x studs—good if you like it, but … not what I’m after … yet.

Jim: it’s hiding against a wall for now, but I’ve seen others put hooks in theirs, and just hang them. That is … if I ever frame and sheath my concrete walls ;-) And … yeah … in truth, the paste wax worked SO well that the FIRST version flew OFF the BACK of the TS (hadn’t pulled out the outfeed) and broke my first two oak miter sliders LOL!!!

I’m working on brakes for it….

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 11-03-2009 01:23 PM

Neil, that is a monster sled. And that was a good idea to put a blade guard on it.

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

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#6 posted 11-03-2009 01:24 PM

Nice job Neil, should come in handy for you. The poly guard is a nice touch.

Maybe one of these days I will try some crosscutting on the TS, but I seem to just use it for rips only.

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#7 posted 11-03-2009 01:39 PM

Very nice big sled for sure! Some time ago, I bought Norms CD on jigs; he does a nice sled. I also will build a large sled. Never too many tools, or too big a sled! It’s a guy thing for sure.

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#8 posted 11-03-2009 05:04 PM

Northern Colorado is expecting LOTS of snow, this winter.

This thing may see some out-of-shop use, too ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 11-03-2009 05:23 PM

Nice job , Neil…How thick is that poly ? I always wax my tablesaw top , miter slots and fence and also my bandsaw and jointer. Well worth the time spent doing it. I use Butcher’s Bowling Alley Wax and I’ve also tried Briwax on them. The Butcher’s wax was the easiest to apply and remove AND costs less. : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 11-03-2009 05:31 PM

good work ,

it seems like we always need one just a bit bigger !

i’ve worked with those big italian
saws with the sliding tables and crosscut rigs ,
and found things i couldn’t get them to do either ,
had to go back to hand work !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 11-03-2009 05:47 PM

Dusty: great tip on the Butchers. Never seen it. Will have to check it out.

The poly is 0.093” thick. In truth, it’s probably not thick enough, but … it WAS what I had laying around.

For reference, I just checked my Lee Valley catalog. THEIR polycarb is either 1/4” or 3/8”. If I get bored, I could double-stack mine, but … it’s almost certain I won’t ;-)

David: I quickly got the feeling that there IS NO “last tool” or “perfect jig.” You just confirmed it <grin>

Cato: Admittedly, it IS a minor pain in the rear to have to pull the pawls, the guards, the riving knife, etc., but … only a minor pain (90 seconds). If you’ve got a series of 90* crosscuts to do, then … IMHO … these sleds are fantastic … and I say that having a month’s worth of ownership of a Micra 1000SE miter gauge under my belt.

-- -- Neil

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#12 posted 11-03-2009 08:13 PM

wow…is there a table saw under that sled…lol…....yea i can see some winter use for it myself… really looks nice neil…..great job….i need one also…just might do one later this week…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 11-04-2009 12:01 AM

Good job Neil. That’s an awesome sled.

-- John @

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#14 posted 11-04-2009 01:37 AM

is there a table saw under that sled

Uh … Grizz? You don’t let your table saw gather dust on the top, do you? ;-)

Incidentally: here’s a riddle:

What weighs a total of 262 pounds, in two boxes (one at 60#, and one at 202#), and has a return address of “Grizzly Industrial,” AND … just got set in my garage 45 minutes ago.

I’ll give you a hint: Gee – Oh – Five – Fifty – Five – Ex

Oh, boy. Getting THIS down the stairs is gonna’ be fun, fun, fun! Pics if and when I can get it set up.

I’m actually too darned exhausted to get REALLY excited, but … in my mind … I know how cool it’s gonna’ be!

-- -- Neil

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#15 posted 11-04-2009 02:34 AM

That is a great looking sled. I do my small crosscuts on the radial arm saw, so this is the kind of thing I was thinking about. The RAS is limited to about 15”. I actually was thinking it might be the next thing I would make, because my next project, a very utilitarian computer cart for work, could use it. I think I will copy you. Believe I even have some left over MDF. And I was planning to put in a guard also.

I am very interested in how the band saw goes. Seems to me I hear good things about the Grizzly band saws. I will need a bigger one, mine is only a 10 inch Delta that works great for small stuff. I bought it many years ago. I am not in the market any time soon, so I am watching to see what people think. Will look forward to reports.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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