Crosscut + Miter Sled

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Project by Jesse posted 12-28-2010 09:52 AM 3634 views 17 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve seen a few of these posted and since I had an evening at home without the wife and kid, I decided it was time to build one. This plan was also out of a magazine I have, will go out in the shop to get the name if someone is curious. I’m really happy with how this turned out. The key feature of this sled is the reversible fences that are indexed to the sled with an aluminum straight edge that slides into a saw kerf.

I will be honest and say this took more then one evening to do, because I tried to be painstakingly careful with accuracy. That was no easy feat considering my miter gauge for my table saw is broken! All I can do with the miter gauge is make a dead on 90. When it came time to make the 45s I tried a bunch of different tricks but wasn’t having any luck. So, while I can’t cut a good 45 with my table saw, I decided I can still scribe one and be ever so careful cutting straight lines w/ my bandsaw. The index fence was a sacrificed straight edge I cut with a hack saw. To set up the miter portion of the sled, you swap and flip the fence sides and secure them in place with the nob.

I did a few mods of my own, like the front handle, but over all it is working great! Much improvement in the quality and safety of my cuts.

Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 12-28-2010 10:06 AM

Looks like a nice sled. There seems to be a 45* on it. If not, you can lay it out with a framing square or bisect a 90 to get one.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 12-28-2010 02:18 PM

One nice sled, congrat, now you will have thos perfect corners again.
Best thoughts,

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

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#3 posted 12-28-2010 02:21 PM

That’s a real special thread and it looks like you built it very carefully. Nice work.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 12-28-2010 03:47 PM

A cool design, well made and very flexible. I didn’t understand about the aluminum bit that goes into the kerf. Can you elaborate?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 12-28-2010 05:54 PM

Great job!! A very useful addition to the shop.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 12-28-2010 06:00 PM

very nice. I like the blade cover block on the back and the empire ruler – nice touch on those

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 12-28-2010 07:58 PM

Thats a great sled, I’d like to build one just like it. Thanks for posting.

-- Zach Friesen

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#8 posted 12-28-2010 08:45 PM

Nicely done. And dang if I can remember which mag this one came from.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#9 posted 12-28-2010 09:52 PM

I’ve seen that one around too. I wish I could remember where also.

-- -Todd

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#10 posted 12-28-2010 10:05 PM

OK, so go out in the garage, and get the mag that came from and post here.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#11 posted 12-28-2010 10:30 PM

Kewel Sled!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#12 posted 12-29-2010 04:13 AM

SteveW: It’s from Shop Notes : Tools & Jigs.

stefang: The ruler that faces the fence attaches with a 1/4” lip on the bottom. That lip registers the fence in a saw kerf cut across the face of the sled 6” from the end. ( 5 inches on my sled because of a damn error in the plans) Once the sled is cut to dimension and the corners are checked for squareness, you take a pass across the top using the TS fence. This then becomes the reference line for the rest of the sled. Strike a center line for the blade guard in the back and build the supports and fence around it to keep perfect 90^ and 45^ angle. Then the plastic nobs just lock the fences down to prevent shifting side-to-side, the front to back movement is prevented using metal lip locked in the kerf.

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#13 posted 12-29-2010 12:17 PM

Thanks Jesse. I have that issue and have dog eared that page. The sled can also be found in issue 74 under the title “3-in-1 cut-off sled”. (Page 18).

-- -Todd

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#14 posted 12-29-2010 12:30 PM

Thanks Jesse.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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