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Project by DaveTPilot posted 1244 days ago 2773 views 20 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know there are a lot of cross cut sleds on this site but I figured, what the heck. Here is my version. The base is MDF with melamine, or some such material, on both sides. I bought it at Lowes or HD, I don’t remember which one. It is not the particle board type but the MDF. It’s a great material for shop use.

The bottom is very slick due to the melamine, which is nice because it is a rather heavy sled. I occasionally add a coat of wax to the bottom and I can push the sled with 1 finger. I made the runners out of poplar and added several set screws to each one along their lengths to eliminate any play.

The shield is really nice and keeps dust and chips away from my face. Always a bonus! I made a simple frame of 3/4” plywood and added a sheet of plexiglass. I also made a small plywood shield to cover the blade exit.

I used the 5 cut method to check the fence for squareness. This sled is a dream to use when cutting wide panels.

Thanks for looking.

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette www.pilotwoodworks.com





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Roger

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#1 posted 1244 days ago

nice sled Dave….. usually I’m saying that to someone with a great lookin motorcycle! LOL
I do like the plexi idea

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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davidroberts

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#2 posted 1244 days ago

very nice. my sled changed the way I woodwork. I’m a believer.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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sawdustphill

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#3 posted 1244 days ago

I made a crosscut sled for my pm 64A tablesaw a few years ago.
I had a piece of plastic brick moulding left over from a job i had done, I used this for the runners.
this stuff worked great it is slick and stable, it is also easy to machine using ordinary woodworking tools.

Phillip

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DaveTPilot

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#4 posted 1244 days ago

@sawdustphill that’s a great idea. I was thinking of replacing the wood runners with hdmw plastic by cutting strips from inexpensive cutting boards. I have used this sled for over a year now. I had it set up for my old HF table saw. I had to change the runner locations, hence the filled in holes. It’s been very stable and if it ever gets tight or loose, I can just adjust the set screws.

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette www.pilotwoodworks.com

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 1244 days ago

Looks super to me well done

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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rotorwash

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#6 posted 1244 days ago

Dave, forgive my ignorance but can you expain the 5 cut method you used?

-- Jon, California

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spud72

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#7 posted 1244 days ago

Very ingenious! I like it; well done.

-- Guy,PEI

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kiefer

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#8 posted 1243 days ago

nice sled dave!!!!!
i like scales where are they?
i am shure it will be put to good use
i have used one for about 30 years and am still building more

Kiefer

-- Kiefer 松

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steliart

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#9 posted 1243 days ago

Excellent sled and very well build

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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DaveTPilot

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#10 posted 1243 days ago

@rotorwash Here is a good video that shows the 5-cut method.

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette www.pilotwoodworks.com

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DaveTPilot

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#11 posted 1243 days ago

@kiefer By “scales” do you mean measuring tape? If so, I haven’t put any on yet but it will be done in the upgrade. :) I will also be adding an adjustable stop for repeatability.

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette www.pilotwoodworks.com

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rotorwash

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#12 posted 1243 days ago

Dave, Thanks for the video. It makes sense.

-- Jon, California

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