|Project by Jeff||posted 06-03-2010 07:04 PM||4616 views||19 times favorited||10 comments|
I don’t know why I didn’t make this years earlier. I always made due trying to line up a straightedge on a pencil line and using a circular saw, but it never, and I mean NEVER worked out to be square enough.
After trolling the web for ideas I finally settled on this design. I can crosscut up to 24” wide and I suppose the maximum length would be whatever I could clamp safely enough. I didn’t incorporate any T-track or measuring tape that I had seen in other examples as I wanted to keep this simple (hence avoiding my tendency to screw something up).
I have tested it by crosscutting a 22” wide panel and flipping the offcut to double any errors. I couldn’t see any gap, which means the error is half of that, which is good enough for anything I will use it for. There is another method for testing called the five cut method but it seemed like overkill to me.
The base is 3/4” baltic birch. The solid fences are made from Ash, the runners are QSWO. That little knobby block at the back will safely encompass the blade at its full height after a cut to protect my hands. When I first attached the fence I fixed one end and used a bolt in an oversized hole in the other end for adjustability. Once I made that beautiful test cut I drove a bunch more screws from underneath to lock the fence in place.
If you have been “making due” and “getting by” with a framing square and circular saw, don’t put it off any longer, these sleds are a great improvement in my opinion.