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Table Saw Crosscut Sled

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Project by Deaser posted 04-12-2012 05:22 PM 4599 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the crosscut sled I made for my Bosch 4100 table saw. The base is 1/2” plywood, front and rear fences are soft maple, and the runners are ipe. I built the sled to facilitate cutting panels wider than my 10” SCMS can handle, but I can see myself using it for most of my crosscuts in the future. This has got to be the handiest jig I’ve built yet.

Edit: Picture 4 shows the blade guard I added as a result of the helpful comments of fellow LJs. It’s the offcut from the cutout on the right hand side of the rear fence.

-- Steve, Pennsylvania





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Routerisstillmyname

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#1 posted 04-12-2012 05:44 PM

Oh yeah. common sense offset sled. Super job.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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Dusty56

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#2 posted 04-12-2012 08:12 PM

I also like the offset as well as the detailed fences : ) Well done.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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rmac

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#3 posted 04-12-2012 08:35 PM

Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m on a crusade.

Please, please, please put a guard of some kind on the backside of the fence that encloses the blade at the end of the cut. It will cost you nothing, and is a lot better than losing one of your thumbs to a moment of inattention.

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/

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Routerisstillmyname

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#4 posted 04-13-2012 12:29 AM

Safety is good but, once the blade hits the back fence, the work piece no matter how wide is cut. why would any one push the sled until the blade comes out the back is a mystery to me.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 04-13-2012 02:48 AM

Routerisstillmyname , It has to do with the height of the blade and the thickness of the stock you’re cutting. The leading edge of the blade could be through the fence before the top edge is through being cut. While you are paying attention to the cutting of your piece , the blade might be coming to get you.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Routerisstillmyname

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#6 posted 04-13-2012 03:44 AM

THX Dusty56. I can envision that as a possibility.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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PCM

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#7 posted 04-13-2012 10:35 AM

To improve awareness, you can also paint a red zone where you do not place your hands or fingers.

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Deaser

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#8 posted 04-13-2012 11:46 AM

Thanks for the kind words and the helpful safety-related comments. Last night I added a small block which acts as a blade guard on the back of the fence. It’s the offcut from the cutout on the right hand side of the rear fence. Thanks for the tip, Russ, and I really enjoy reading your blog!

-- Steve, Pennsylvania

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rmac

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#9 posted 04-13-2012 03:34 PM

Thanks for the tip, Russ, and I really enjoy reading your blog!

You’re welcome! And I’m glad you liked my blog.

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/

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matermark

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#10 posted 09-19-2014 12:55 AM

What is its capacity? (inside dimension front to rear; widest panel it can crosscut) Thanks.

-- So economically handicapped I'm strictly on a strictly strict budget...

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