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Project by SuperDodge posted 05-20-2017 02:53 PM 1271 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s a shame to admit this, but I’ve gone THREE years without a proper crosscut sled.

I moved for work 5 times in 2.5 years and each time my ability to setup my shop got thrown off a bit. Sometimes the shop was smaller. Sometimes I had to do serious electrial work before I could get started, you get the idea. Somewhere along the way my table saw sled got damaged and I just made do with my Kapex.

I’m finally somewhere that I think is pretty permanent (at least a few years) and I’ve been working to get my shop setup correctly. This shop is SMALL. I’m used to having about 400-500 square feet, but I’m only working with 250 here. As part of my new shop setup, I built an all-in one outfeed/assembly table and since you wouldn’t want to customize a new project around tool you’re going to replace – I bought a new SawStop a while back.

The sled base is made of 3/4” Russian Birch and the fences are made from two strips of the same Russian Birch laminated together. The runners are UHMW from Peachtree Woodworking and the Shop Fox t-track is held in with two-part epoxy. The scales for the stop blocks are from Starrett.

The design is similar to the sled I’d built before, but I placed the t-track for the hold-down clamps closer to the kerf. I love this front fence design as it gives me a perfect place for my hands to sit safely away from the blade.

The sled is finished in a couple of coats of 2 lb Amber Shellac and a good coat of paste wax on the fences and the bottom.

Heck, I even get to use the little garage area in my assembly table that has just been waiting for me to build the sled!

-- -RL





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 05-20-2017 08:45 PM

Great sled. I can see you put a lot of thought into it. I like the T channels for clamps.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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GR8HUNTER

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#2 posted 05-20-2017 09:10 PM

a very nice and thought out sled …a much useful addition to your tools …GREAT JOB :<))

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

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SuperDodge

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#3 posted 05-20-2017 10:36 PM

Thanks, guys!

I’ve already been using it today to make my router table fence!

-- -RL

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Andre

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#4 posted 05-21-2017 02:54 AM

Impressive Sled, always blows me away when people make there Jigs look so good! I have a hard enough time making my projects look okay.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Guswah

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#5 posted 05-21-2017 03:53 AM

SuperDodge, you’re just bragging. And so you should. That’s an amazing looking sled. I wish it were mine.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#6 posted 05-21-2017 04:20 AM

Great looking sled S’Dodge, and looks solid to boot.
Wish we had ready access to reasonably priced ply here in Australia.
Must admit I am a big (no pun intended) fan of the Incra tracks but found that the Kreg type tracks gave me that extra 3.7mm screw anchoring strength. When the choice is between 18mm MDF (25mm is too hard to get where I am) and expensive 18mm warped ply the choice is easily made and the smaller Kreg’s depth makes a helluva difference.


... and I just made do with my Kapex.

- SuperDodge

JUST?... Bite your tongue ’DodgeY! Do you plug your Kapex in? If you do, I’m surprised you openly use such a throw away line. May termites threaten your workshop (I don’t condone invasion).

Don’t you sleep with your Kapex?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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SuperDodge

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#7 posted 05-21-2017 10:40 AM

JUST?... Bite your tongue DodgeY! Do you plug your Kapex in? If you do, I m surprised you openly use such a throw away line. May termites threaten your workshop (I don t condone invasion).

Don t you sleep with your Kapex?

- LittleBlackDuck

Don’t get me wrong, the Kapex does a great job; however, I was raised and taught that workflows centered around the tablesaw. I feel like I can batch out parts much quicker with a well-designed crosscut sled.

-- -RL

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LittleBlackDuck

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#8 posted 05-21-2017 11:36 AM

.. I was raised and taught that workflows centered around the tablesaw…

- SuperDodge


Don’t worry SuperDodge, I agree… that’s why I’ve bolted my Kapex on my crosscut sled… best of both worlds :-).

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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kiefer

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#9 posted 05-21-2017 02:38 PM

Good looking sled but where is the blade exit guard ?

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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ttall

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#10 posted 05-21-2017 03:38 PM

That is a curvaceous sled!

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SuperDodge

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#11 posted 05-21-2017 03:41 PM



Good looking sled but where is the blade exit guard ?

- kiefer

No blade guard needed. Use the clamps to hold the wood down and place your hands in the hand holds made into the fence well away from the blade.

-- -RL

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