Crosscut Sled

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Project by Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop posted 02-20-2012 04:54 AM 3283 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my crosscut sled. I love this sled. I use it as a work horse for most if not all my projects. First pic, sled from the leading edge to the rear. Second pic, from rear to the leading edge. Third pic is showing that the sled spans the entire width of the tablesaw. It rides on two walnut runners that are waxed and run the length of the sled to help prevent binding. If there is one thing I could change about it is maybe not cutting so close to the front edge. I biscuit jointed a piece of walnut for the leading edge and laminated two pieces of 3/4” walnut the entire width of the sled and then another lamination for a handle and blade guard. I made this over 4 years ago and it is still going strong, however it is time for an upgrade. I will post those pics when I have it done. Thanks for looking!!!!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#1 posted 02-20-2012 04:59 AM

Sleds really make some jobs so much easier. well done.

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#2 posted 02-20-2012 05:04 AM

You got that right Jim, thanks for looking!!!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#3 posted 02-20-2012 05:17 AM

Nothing like a nice sled to help out. Looks like it will handle just about any size stock.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 02-20-2012 01:26 PM

Nice basic looking sled.

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#5 posted 02-20-2012 04:40 PM

Wow! That’s a beauty!

Where do you keep it when not in use?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 02-20-2012 05:48 PM

Usually just lean it up against the side of my saw, but that doesn’t last long because it is my most used jig ever. When I am done for the day, I just put it on top of the saw with the blade down. It serves its purpose well.

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#7 posted 02-21-2012 12:16 AM

Now that is one fine looking sled. I procrastinated for ever before I built mine and now wonder how in the world I made it without one. I’m with you Drew… It is my most used jig as well. I do run into to problem of what to do with it when I need to rip stock. For now I just set it over on the bench till im done and right back to the saw it goes once I am finished. Plan on making a cubby hole for it in my work bench to be able to slide it in and out when ever i need it. I worry about it warping by just sticking it here or there and figured that would settle that issue…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 02-21-2012 01:52 AM

Hmmm, I bet you went looking around at sleds, and saw my sled….......(-:

The picture on that blog item is the way it looks today, I haven’t put the guard on yet. It has a couple of flip stops, though.

......and yup, it is the most used jig in the shop.

Your saw looks like mine, except mine is hotrodded a bit, a Delta Contractor’s saw about 20 years old.

My sled has a few unusual features:

1) Adjustable back fence…...I have used that feature once, when some warping or something happened, but now the sled is dead accurate again. That’s why I did that. Just coincidentally, I checked it again yesterday.

2) It has a stop so you can’t run the blade through the blade block, that would work with your saw too.

3) It has unusual aluminum and hardboard sandwich runners

By the way, it is very large, because I do most crosscut on a RAS, and I needed size. And then I made one even bigger, that was fast, cheap, and simple, for huge panels. You can see that one in the same blog.

The T-track is very handy, although slots probably work fine. I was cutting miters on it yesterday.

Good luck with the new sled. I was goaded along by Patron and others to make it a super sled.

Super sleds are just that…..super.

Give me a shout if you have any questions…....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 02-21-2012 02:19 AM

Nice crosscut sled.

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#10 posted 04-05-2012 11:15 PM

Howdy. That’s a solid and large looking sled you have made… Kudos. I notice that yours doesnt have the back rail (the rail towards the back of the saw.) I dont really know why others put one on the back end and was wondering if someone could point that out to me as I will soon be building my own custom sled.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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