Simple table saw Cross Cut sled

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Project by Mike Gager posted 02-08-2011 11:52 PM 6074 views 17 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cross cut sled i made for my table saw. Nothing real fancy. MDF base with jointed 2×4 fences. i added a strip of acrylic as a blade guard and used the 5 cut method to square everything up.

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#1 posted 02-09-2011 12:02 AM

Nice, How is it working out?

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#2 posted 02-09-2011 12:48 AM

5 cut method?

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#3 posted 02-09-2011 12:50 AM

Okay, what’s the 5 cut method?

-- - Tell me what you want done, OR how to do it. Never both!!!! Jerry, New Bloomfield, PA

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#4 posted 02-09-2011 01:14 AM

-- "It's just a really old star, really, old. So it just blows up." -- Kathryn Gray age 10

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#5 posted 02-09-2011 01:41 AM

yes thats the 5 cut method. i was really surprised just how far off my cuts were at first using a drafting triangle and framing square to line everything up. i thought it would be pretty dead on but it wasnt even close. took me about an hour to get everything perfect

so far the sled works pretty good.

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#6 posted 02-09-2011 02:18 AM

This site has a nice little video demonstrating the 5 cut method located at the bottom right corner of the page:

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#7 posted 02-09-2011 02:36 AM

Good job on sled.
5 cut method is not full proof and wasteful. If you are fanatic about accuracy and want better than 0.02 then use a dial indicators.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#8 posted 02-09-2011 02:37 AM

Looks perfect !

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#9 posted 02-09-2011 04:20 AM

Nice one. Looks like mine

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#10 posted 02-09-2011 04:23 AM

Looks good to me no matter what method you used!


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#11 posted 02-09-2011 08:37 PM

that looks nice. I literally just put a sled together last night, but I’ll have to check out that 5-cut method to square it up

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#12 posted 03-07-2011 04:39 AM

i like that shield. very good idea.

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#13 posted 03-19-2015 12:11 PM

was looking through my projects and saw this and thought id mention that im still using this sled all the time with no changes. its worked out real good for me. i even checked the squareness the other day and it was still spot on.

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#14 posted 03-21-2015 01:50 AM

Glad to see you put a block on the exit kerf on the back fence. That’s a commonly overlooked detail which I’m sure has saved my thumbs many times as it will yours.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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