|Project by DaveTPilot||posted 02-27-2011 01:15 AM||3390 views||20 times favorited||12 comments|
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.
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