crosscut sled

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Project by DrewM posted 822 days ago 3990 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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#1 posted 822 days ago

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!

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#2 posted 822 days ago

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.


PS – For runners I used UHMW 3/8×4”

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#3 posted 822 days ago

will you also make a sled for miters?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 822 days ago

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 822 days ago

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 821 days ago

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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Shawn O'Kelley

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#7 posted 821 days ago

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 821 days ago

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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Shawn O'Kelley

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#9 posted 821 days ago

You’re full of awesome, Drew! Thanks

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

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#10 posted 821 days ago

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 819 days ago

I need one of these, thanks for the inspiration!

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#12 posted 818 days ago

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 .


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#13 posted 815 days ago

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