Table saw cross cut sled

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Project by Dan posted 01-21-2011 08:14 PM 8847 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided it was time to build one of these for my table saw. The sled is made from 3/4 MDF and Mahogany. There are two T tracks for attaching jigs. One I made myself on the top of the fence and the other is on the base. I also made my own stop for the fence. Cant wait to start using it.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#1 posted 01-21-2011 08:38 PM

Looks like an excellent first rate job.

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#2 posted 01-21-2011 08:49 PM

Very nice job. I use mine every time I am in the shop.

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#3 posted 01-21-2011 09:08 PM

great work.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 01-21-2011 09:22 PM

grand idea with the T tracks! I’ll have to see if my sled can accommodate this modification.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#5 posted 01-21-2011 11:12 PM

Deke- I have seen sleds in many different sizes. I think mine is 36×32. I made mine about the same size as my table saw top. I have seen bigger ones and smaller ones. Just depends on what your needs are. Larger the boards you plan to cut then the larger the sled should be.

With my fence I just made it the same size of the sled. I face jointed the fence and then went over it with a smoothing plane so that I would have a dead flat face to the fence. I attached the fence and then cut the kerf in the sled. Once the first kerf was cut I made sure the blade kerf was square to the fence on the sled. I did have to make a very slight adjustment to the fence but now its square to the blade.

The sled is easy to make, but it does take some time to get everything aligned just right.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#6 posted 01-22-2011 12:17 AM

Great sled Dan. I like the addition of the T-track.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#7 posted 01-22-2011 07:25 AM

Enjoy, you will find many uses and will definitely save you time and frustration

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#8 posted 01-26-2011 12:59 AM

It looks real nice. Couple of questions:

How much does it weigh? With 3/4 MDF, it looks heavy. Is it easy to get it on and off the TS, and where you keep it when you aren’t using it?

You have the front bar extending past (to the left of) the T track, but it appears to be completely cut through. What does that piece of bar do for you? The other part holds the two pieces of MDF together, but I’m trying to understand what the left hunk does.

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#9 posted 01-26-2011 05:04 PM

brtech- I made a bit of a minor mistake. I cut a dado for the blue T-Track and screwed it in place. After that I attached the fences on both ends. Once it was all done I realized that I could not get a T-bolt into the track due to the fact that both ends of the track were covered by the fences.

Rather then removing the screws I just grabbed my hand saw and cut out a small section so that I could slide the T-bolts in. That back part of mahogany offers nothing to the fence I just decided to leave it on, I may remove it and round off that corner of the sled.

As for the weight ummm I don’t know for sure but feels maybe 25-30 pounds? I made with 3/4 because I wanted a heavy duty sled. It is not a problem for me to lift on and off the saw but I am in pretty good shape and don’t mind a little lifting. Its easy for me to get it on and off the table saw but might not be easy for everyone. I built for me though and if it works for me its good to go.

As far as storage, I don’t have a set spot yet. I am planning on building an extension table for my TS and having a storage shelf under that to store this and my other TS jigs.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#10 posted 02-07-2011 07:11 AM

Awesome work.

back part of mahogany offers nothing to the fence I just decided to leave it on, I may remove it and round off that corner of the sled.

I would leave it on, it will help preventing warping.

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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