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This is just a quick crosscut sled I whipped up (I’m still in the “building the tools to build the tools” phase) after I got the new tablesaw. Its about as simple as it gets, the base is a slab of 18” x 36” x 3/4” plywood with some 2×4 scraps as front and rear rails, and a block of 2×4 scraps glued together on the back end as a blade guard (and counterweight). I used some spare lengths of mini t-track for runners. Works out nicely, it definetly makes life easier, a little farther down the line I plan to make a new version with t-track in the base and fence for hold downs and stops, and a removable sacrificial strip in the middle.

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.





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David "Lucky Dawg" Brown

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#1 posted 1444 days ago

NICE!

I need to build one of these badly!!!!

-- dumpster diver delux

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Maveric777

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#2 posted 1443 days ago

I so got to build me one of these as well. Nice work!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Chelios

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#3 posted 1443 days ago

Veri nice….how does one insure that the sled cuts 90 degree angles? How do you fine tune this?

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Silvo

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#4 posted 1443 days ago

I’m pretty much at the same point with the shop building. My sled looks a a lot like yours. They’re not pretty but they work.

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Jei'son

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#5 posted 1443 days ago

@Chelios…

after I assembled it i made a test cut, then i took out the screws on one side and one used an aluminum square to square the rear fence to the kerf i just cut, then screwed it back together (some peoplel use lag bolts and washers so they can just loosen it and adjust it, which I’ll probably do on the “good” version) but this way was fine for now, after playing with it for a few minutes and a couple test cuts got it nice and square

one important thing is for the inner face of the fence to be nice and flat/straight (since it serves as a reference edge) I don’t have a jointer so used the tapering jig i built to shave off one face and get it smooth and flat.

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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OutPutter

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#6 posted 1443 days ago

Good work Jei’son. You’ll be cranking out cutting boards soon enough. Get the tools tuned and sharpened first and it’ll pay huge dividends later.

Best,

-- Jim

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Jei'son

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#7 posted 1443 days ago

yea it seems like everyone has at least one cutting board, pen, or turned vessel, I feel left out lol!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 1443 days ago

that will get the job done. enjoy.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Rick Dennington

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#9 posted 1443 days ago

Greetings Jei’son: I figure you’ll probably wind up making more than one sled…. one size doesn’t fit all, after all. For instance, I have 4 sleds and a panel-cutter. My smallest is about 16’ x 32”, and my biggest one is 40” x 48” ( that’s one heavy mother). Depending on the project you’re working on depends on the sled you’ll use.
I probably use the biggest one more mainly for cutting case sides like for cabinets and shop furniture…depends.
It’s just something to ponder on for the future in your ww endevors….. small for small…. large for large…
Please make something besides a bunch of cutting boards…... lol. How about some pen blanks?..... lol lol!!!

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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Jei'son

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#10 posted 1443 days ago

Yea the size of this one was mostly determined by the size of plywood I happened to have lying around lol! The next one is going to be able to handle at least a 30” since thats the biggest I’ll need for the cabinets and such I have planned for the shop, and I’ll probably do a small one specifically for handling dimension lumber (I don’t have a miter saw and as convenient as one would be I don’t see dropping $150+ just to chop lumber to length, I’ll wait until I have a need to do miters and other fancy stuff heh)

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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