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Crosscut Sled ala Steve Maskery

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Project by TheDane posted 1439 days ago 5200 views 19 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my adaptation of Steve Maskery’s Crosscut Sled (Workshop Essentials 3 http://www.workshopessentials.com/ ).

The base is 1/2” MDF, 24” x 24”. Thanks to the telescoping fences, I can crosscut stock to just under 60”, and can safely handle panels up to 24”. I still need to order a left-handed rule tape to attach to the fence. With a tape in place, I should be able to get accurate length cuts up 22” with the flip stop.

I used maple and oak to make the telescoping fences, the flip stop, the runner that fits my table saw’s miter slot and the diamond-shaped keys between the fence sections and the base.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1439 days ago

That’s a nice sled good work

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Max

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#2 posted 1439 days ago

Very nice sled and looks like it works great.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 1438 days ago

Very nicely made …Looks like a Professional built it : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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mafe

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#4 posted 1438 days ago

Really nice!
I like the easy up and down stop.
Do I understand right that it’s a dubble contruction, so you can exted it quite long?
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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TheDane

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#5 posted 1438 days ago

mafe—Yes … there are two sections that slide on hardwood ‘keys’. The two ‘keys’ are 1/4” square and are set in V-shaped grooves. The grooves took a little time to do … the router depth is critical to getting a key/groove that slides easily yet locks tightly when you clamp down the stop block.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Ken90712

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#6 posted 1438 days ago

Great sled, looking good!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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TheDane

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#7 posted 1438 days ago

notottoman—That’s a fair question and valid observation.

The distance from the fence is 19.75”, so it is a bit of a stretch, but the payoff is that I can safely cut much wider pieces than if the fence were on the other end of the sled.

The sled this was patterned after is about 4” shorter and 4” narrower … I opted to to go with a 24” x 24” base for the increased cutting capacity. I just wish I would have built it sooner!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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