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Project by DrewM posted 05-22-2012 12:21 AM 4529 views 12 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally made myself a good crosscut sled for my table saw….really wish I had done this sooner. The sled base is half inch BB plywood, fences are triple laminated half inch BB ply glued on a dead flat reference surface to ensure flat faces. Front fence has a 1/8 rabbet at the bottom to help prevent sawdust buildup. Runners are made with quatersawn hard maple sized to the miter slots perfectly. I also made a removable safety shield on the top so I can safely watch my cut without fear of being hit with debris. I designed the fence so when held properly my thumbs are far from the blade. I also squared the fence using William Ng’s 5 cut method and have a repeatable accuracy of 0.002” over 24”....far more accurate then I was hoping for. total width capacity of the sled is 27”. I do eventually plan to make a rear safety guard for the blade. thanks for looking.

-- Drew, Delaware





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Michigander

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#1 posted 05-22-2012 12:37 AM

Sweet! I made one a few weeks ago and can’t believe how much I use it. I used William’s plans too, but didn’t put the top shield on. You are getting excellent accuracy if you are down to .002” I think I would use metal runners if I was going to build another one. Nice job!
Michigander

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#2 posted 05-22-2012 12:47 AM

I agree Sweet
I am in the process of making a Bandsaw sled which I posted here and when I am done I will be building a TS sled also.

Arlin

PS – For runners I used UHMW 3/8×4”

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#3 posted 05-22-2012 01:40 AM

will you also make a sled for miters?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 05-22-2012 01:45 AM

Doc, I have a few ideas for miter attachments for this sled. Maybe I will get around to making it…haha

-- Drew, Delaware

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#5 posted 05-22-2012 03:06 AM

Nice looking CC sled there Drew, accurate and safe, Two big plus’s when making cuts on the TS ! I have a finger guard on the rear of My sled and it is a good idea to install one( Ten finger club)! Be safe and thanks for sharing.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#6 posted 05-22-2012 07:44 AM

Nice work, I made one last month and used the 5 cut method as well. I dont have the Shield over mine though nice idea. I got mine down to .00125 on the 3 rd try. It was fun. I watched the Woodwhispers video on this which is from Mr. Ng’s shop.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 05-22-2012 08:34 PM

Is somebody willing to throw out the link to the plans and video…...Pretty please??? With sawdust on it!!

-- "Luck is the bastard child of Preparation and Opportunity" ~Watkinsville, Georgia~

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#8 posted 05-22-2012 08:39 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbG-n--LFgQ

that is William Ng’s video on the crosscut sled….I didn’t use any plans but my design was highly influenced by the one he constructs in this video.

-- Drew, Delaware

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#9 posted 05-22-2012 09:00 PM

You’re full of awesome, Drew! Thanks

-- "Luck is the bastard child of Preparation and Opportunity" ~Watkinsville, Georgia~

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#10 posted 05-23-2012 04:42 AM

Thanks for the video link Drew,

Just watched it now and learnt a lot! great link for table saw beginners like myself.

The sled you made looks great too

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#11 posted 05-24-2012 08:50 PM

I need one of these, thanks for the inspiration!

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#12 posted 05-25-2012 09:22 PM

Nice build Drew and I like the shield idea .
Hope you have plans for stop blocks and blade exit guard , travel stop can also be handy .

Kiefer

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#13 posted 05-28-2012 12:38 PM

You should enter this into our jig contest! Email photos along with your LJ name to jigcontest@runbox.com. You might win!

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