2nd and Improved Crosscut Sled

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Project by C_PLUS_Woodworker posted 04-05-2012 12:44 AM 4331 views 20 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Base: 30” x 34”—- ½” MDF

Fences: Out of 6/4 white oak

Runners: Out of 6/4 white oak

Standup End Blocks Out of 8/4 white oak

Set-up: 5 Cut Method

Accuracy: plus or minus ½” over 12”

I like being able to stand the sled on end when moving it around the shop. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 04-05-2012 12:55 AM

This looks like a good, solid sled, but do you really mean that it is inaccurate to the tune of a half inch in a foot? I can’t imagine using it then.

-- jbschutz

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#2 posted 04-05-2012 12:59 AM

Hey thats a good looking sled! I agree with Jbschutz. If its off by that much I consider readjusting the back fence to get it more accurate. 1/2” over 12” is pretty inaccurate. Did you see this video posted here on Lumberjocks? Its a great way to get your fence squared up!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#3 posted 04-05-2012 01:04 AM

Hey guys, I was just joking about the accuracy to see if anyone was actually reading this stuff and poking fun at all of us trying to get to .0000001 accuracy.

It is cutting between .000 and .005, but who really knows the way wood acts.

Thanks for posting,

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#4 posted 04-05-2012 01:08 AM

haha…..thank god :)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#5 posted 04-05-2012 01:10 AM

Looks good I’d give it a B+ I guess that means your improving Cplus :))

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#6 posted 04-05-2012 01:11 AM

Looks like the 5-cut method works.

In case you don’t understand 5-cut method, it really works well.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#7 posted 04-05-2012 01:50 AM

Now thats a sled.

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Mainiac Matt

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#8 posted 04-05-2012 02:11 AM

Nice sled…

Not to much…. not to little…

I like it.

Did you guys ‘really’ think he was off 1/2” over 12”? :^O

I assumed it to be either a type-o or machinist speak….. where everything is in thousandths all the time.

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#9 posted 04-05-2012 03:13 AM

Very nice. I wish I would have put a stop like that on mine.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#10 posted 04-05-2012 04:25 AM


You had me on the +/- 1/2” over 12” too!!!

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#11 posted 04-05-2012 05:08 AM

Thanks for the comments folks. Hope I didn’t offend anyone trying to joke around.

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#12 posted 04-05-2012 10:08 AM

Perfect! I’ve seen fancier sleds, but I think the maker has put in too much effort. Sleds wear out. The kerf gets wider with wear and tear and the rear fence can get beat up at the kerf line. Using white oak will make your rear fence hold up a lot better. Remember, in addition to nice crosscuts, the fence helps reduce or eliminate tear-out. If it gets beat up, your work pieces will suffer. So keep it simple, keep it solid. Looks like you’ve done just that!

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#13 posted 04-05-2012 01:38 PM

Great job!

Thanks for posting!
Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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#14 posted 04-05-2012 02:22 PM


Stellar job on the c.c. sled…...You can never have too many sleds…...I have 3 different sizes, for different jobs…...small, medium, and large…..kind of like a pizza….lol. I like a plain simple sled with no fancy frills, just like you made…..One thing you did that I really like is putting the blocks on the end to stand it up off the floor…..I might do the same thing to mine, if you don’t mind me using your idea…...Also, the cutout for carrying the sled is a stellar idea…...All in all, my friend, I think you did a bang-up job….Now just make two more for the smaller jobs, and you’ll be set… My biggest one is 30” x 48”...heavy…...That’s the reason for the other two…...Carry on, friend…......

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#15 posted 04-05-2012 02:55 PM

Thanks for the comments, Rick. Always nice to hear from you.

I got the idea for the stand-up blocks from somewhere else a while ago. Cannot remember where I saw them. I think I added the idea for the base being extended to support the blade guard and the blocks.

All in all, I really like it

Thanks, my friend.

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