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Project by ScottM posted 09-23-2016 12:21 PM 1151 views 12 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So here’s my new crosscut sled. You may be looking at it and saying “something is wrong here”. Well I made it a little different. This one is… Are you ready for it? REVERSIBLE! That’s right it will work in both directions; long fence at the operator for normal cuts and short fence at the operator for use with the miter insert. Many sleds with miter inserts end up with the long fence notched so that pieces that extend past the fence have some place to go. I didn’t want to do that. Why? I’m not really sure but I convinced myself that a full length complete fence was necessary. I feel that it needs that support. Again, maybe I’m wrong but that’s just me.

So in normal mode, the base t-tracks are centered on the blade. When it’s flipped around they are, of course, a little off but I’m not sure that really matters as long as whatever you’re using the tracks for will reach. I feel that
I’ll mostly use the tracks for hold downs and other jigs yet made in normal mode. There are also t-tracks on both the face and top of the long fence. I think I’ll make some flip stops for it this weekend. The miter insert also has t-track on both faces for stops. I can’t remember, but I believe the height of the tracks is different between the miter fence and the main long fence so I’ll have to look at that a bit and see if I can figure out a stop that will work with both instead of a special set just for miters.

It is a big sled. Overall it’s 41” x 27 1/2” all made from 3/4” oak scrap plywood. That gives me about 24 1/2” inches of width that I can cut. Will I need that? Not sure but it’s there if I do. I finished it with a couple of coats of EM6000 WB lacquer to protect it a bit. This one sled will replace an older, much smaller, sled as well as a separate miter sled that I made. To top it off, it hangs on the wall!! It hangs with a french cleat out of the way when not needed. I’ve yet to use it. I aligned both fences with the 5 cut thing. Front fence is about 2 thousands out and the rear about 4, but that one doesn’t matter so much as long as the overall angle is 90 degrees. Many sleds from this site were used for ideas.





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Roger

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#1 posted 09-23-2016 12:50 PM

I think every table saw owner needs a sled or two. Nicely done.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#2 posted 09-23-2016 01:26 PM

Ranks above most that I have seen! Excellent design!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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GR8HUNTER

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#3 posted 09-23-2016 01:32 PM

very nice …........GREAT JOB

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#4 posted 09-23-2016 02:50 PM

Very nice Scott! Great idea making it reversible so you can miter longer pieces.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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jayseedub

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#5 posted 09-23-2016 03:38 PM

Does the squareness of the rear fence matter at all? Just curious—I couldn’t think of a scenario where it might, and wondered if I’m missing something!

Nice, clean sled!

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ScottM

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#6 posted 09-23-2016 03:49 PM



Does the squareness of the rear fence matter at all? Just curious—I couldn t think of a scenario where it might, and wondered if I m missing something!

Nice, clean sled!

- jayseedub

I got the front fence aligned and then started on the rear fence. After fussing with it for a while I came to the conclusion that it really didn’t matter since all it was to be used for was a brace for the miter insert. My old miter sled didn’t have any sort of rear fence. All that matters with the miter insert is that the two fences are 90 to each other. The left can be 44 and the right 46 but as long as it is 90 you’re good.

Now I did actually align it but it was more of a “just because” thing. I don’t really think it will affect the performance of the miter insert.

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 09-23-2016 04:43 PM

That is a nice sled and itwill be a wonderful addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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magaoitin

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#8 posted 09-23-2016 08:44 PM

Nice! Is there another post you can refer me to on the “5 cut thing” for square, or a brief description? I’ve just started to read up on building a sled

-- Jeff ~ Tacoma Wa.

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ScottM

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#9 posted 09-24-2016 03:39 PM



Nice! Is there another post you can refer me to on the “5 cut thing” for square, or a brief description? I ve just started to read up on building a sled

- magaoitin

Just search YouTube for “5 cut method” and you’ll find a lot of videos on it. Some more complicated and scientific than others but lots of information.

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oldrivers

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#10 posted 10-10-2016 11:40 PM

Really nice!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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