|Project by ScottM||posted 09-23-2016 12:21 PM||1312 views||12 times favorited||10 comments|
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.