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Project by ccc118 posted 10-09-2018 09:22 PM 707 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally ended up building a crosscut sled and am liking it a lot so far. The base is 3/4” baltic birch and the fences and runners are hard maple. The base is 24×30”. I was originally going to make it a little bigger, but Rockler is having a sale on 24×30” baltic birch panels and it ended up being a lot cheaper than going with a bigger plywood panel.

I didn’t make the front fence go all the way across because I didn’t have a long enough piece of maple, but it seems stable enough The rear fence is somewhat adjustable. I used countersunk pan head screws with washers and an oversized hole in the plywood on the outermost screws. Once I got it dialed in, I added some wood screws to the rest of the fence to hold it in place, as I didn’t want to risk it being knocked out of square if all of the screws were adjustable. If I ever have to adjust it for some reason, these would have to be removed and I would have to add some new holes. A small rabbet was cut to the bottom of the fence for dust relief and the edges were rounded over with a 1/4” roundover bit to make it more comfortable to grip.

The blade cover is just a few pieces of scrap glued together to form a T. This gives the center block some support and is also a way to screw it to the fence. After I made it, I was worried the block wasn’t thick enough, but I have cut into it and it seems to be stable and the blade doesn’t really go that far into it. If I have any issues, I can remove it and make a different design.





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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 10-09-2018 09:43 PM

Nice sled, you’ll wonder why you waited.

“I didn’t make the front fence go all the way across”

Some folks use the front fence to make cuts on, and to keep the fence square to the sled a longer piece works better. If you plan just to work off the rear fence, all you need is some attachment to both sides of your cut line, so the sled doesn’t gap open, You’ve easily accomplished that.

Thanks for posting.

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recycle1943

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#2 posted 10-10-2018 09:10 AM

it looks like the rear fence is the short one – I see the on/off switch in the first pic with the long fence as well as the blade guard.
A sled does add to a shop

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ccc118

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#3 posted 10-10-2018 11:05 AM

I looked at some different plans to try to get ideas and they seemed to refer to the one that gets squared and supports the work as the rear one. It gets confusing I guess as it’s the one closer to you.

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DDWW

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#4 posted 10-12-2018 05:18 PM

Its all in how you look at it.

I would refer to the fence closest to me as I push it through the saw as the front fence and the one fastest away as rear fence. It makes logical sense to be because it sits over the rear of the saw.

I can se the logic in the other interpretation though i have not run across it.


I looked at some different plans to try to get ideas and they seemed to refer to the one that gets squared and supports the work as the rear one. It gets confusing I guess as it s the one closer to you.

- ccc118

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