|Project by beaudex||posted 02-03-2010 05:02 PM||3539 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
This is a crosscut sled I built about a year ago, I got the original idea from one of the FWW magazines. I attempted to modify it as you can see. If I recall the original plan called for 1/2 inch baltic birch for the base which at the time I did not have so I tried using 3/4 inch oak I had kicking around. The odd shape was to try to lessen the weight of the jig as it is insanely heavy and frankly I am getting older. Also, I wanted to support the largest panel I could hence the middle ‘blob’. In retrospect I would change it only slightly, I would add more holes (which I still may as I get older) and the jig occasionally catches on the edge of the table when I reach the ‘hill shaped protrusion’ on the far right of the jig.
I used the aluminum mostly to see what it was like to work with. In fact I have never once used the channel I added but its there anyway. The rear brace is hard maple, the wooden part of the fence is Cedar (weight and scrap) I shimmed the cedar/aluminum fence to be square using card stock. The handle is a hardwood dowel which I pinned with a smaller dowel (not shown in pictures) and I would highly recommend the handle as it makes crosscutting so nice.
Thanks for looking!
-- Derek Tay, Venerate the Tree Design