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Project by TheGravedigger posted 1335 days ago 2904 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The purchase of a tablesaw necessitated construction of a crosscut sled. This one is general-purpose, and is sized to handle pieces up to 24”wide. This will allow me to handle completed cabinet doors etc. as the need arises.

I wanted a simple sled to start off with. This one is 1/2” plywood, with front and back fences of old, stable pine dimension lumber. The runners are white oak, sized to fit my miter slots. These were made just slightly oversized and trimmed to fit. I left the fit snug at first, and let some paste wax and friction do the work of final fitting. I chose not to incorporate any stops or other such appliances – I’ll save those for more specialized sleds later. For repeated cuts, I simply clamp a wood block to the rear fence. The finish is boiled linseed oil and wax.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com





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workerinwood

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#1 posted 1335 days ago

Looks good, it will serve well. On my to do list.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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WoodLe

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#2 posted 1335 days ago

Simple and sweet!

-- www.largewoodslabs.com Apple Creek, Ohio

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clieb91

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#3 posted 1335 days ago

I agree with WoodLe, Should do the job quite well.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Robsshop

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#4 posted 1335 days ago

Looks like it will get the job done ! and it is easily adaptable for future upgrades. Nice work.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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NormG

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#5 posted 1334 days ago

I use stop blocks clamped also, you can move them as needed, looks great

-- Norman

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nobuckle

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#6 posted 1334 days ago

Looks good. Simple yet useful. Allow me to pass along the encouragement to place a polycarbonate guard, that spans from the front to the back, over the blade. This will help to keep chips from being thrown in your face. Stay safe.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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NBeener

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#7 posted 1334 days ago

Absolutely agree about some plex in there.

Everybody loves a good sled, don’t we ?? !

Very nice.

I’ve got two—a small one, and the Jumbotron version.

Two weeks ago, though, I whipped up a panel sled. Same idea, but only one “fence.” Perfect for the wider panels I’ve been up against, as I’ve started with some larger furniture pieces.

I keep looking, though, at those Dubby jigs. Beautiful, if expensive.

Use yours in good health !

-- -- Neil

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