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Crosscut Sled for small parts

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Project by AJswoodshop posted 09-24-2012 08:18 PM 1126 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I do a lot of my crosscuts on my CMS, but I’ve found that a TS sled gives you a better cut. So I made this crosscut sled out of some scrap 3/4’’ plywood. And I used 3/4’’ oak for the fence. I used plywood for the runners too. The table of the sled is 14’’ wide, by 34’’ long. This provides a nice table that size you can run small pieces through. The back fence is really just for looks, but it also makes the sled more sturdy. It turned out great, this is going to get a lot of use in the shop. Shop jigs are nice to have!

Thanks for reading!

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-24-2012 08:59 PM

Good one, AJ!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 09-24-2012 09:14 PM

AJ!

Glue some more to the top-middles of both fences… Not very much there to support it… could break in half… if you look at it wrong… IMHO… ASAP…

Glue a couple of pieces of a 2×4 together then glue it over the Kerf-cut of the Business-end of the fence for a guard… ASAP… IMHO…

Otherwise, looks good! LOL

Sorry to be so picky… but, this is SAFETY!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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woodshaver

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#3 posted 09-24-2012 09:19 PM

Looks Good AJ! I have one just like that. These Jig’ s are very useful!
Oh! And Joe makes a very good point!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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AJswoodshop

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#4 posted 09-24-2012 09:39 PM

Thanks for the comments guys! Yeah I might glue some rails on the top, thanks for the tips!

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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NedB

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#5 posted 09-24-2012 09:54 PM

+1 on the minimal material there… you’ve got what looks to be under 1/4” there? plus, you really want to put a ‘blade block’ on the back, so you can’t chop your fingers after the blade passes through the jig.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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HorizontalMike

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#6 posted 09-25-2012 01:44 AM

Ned +10 on the blade block idea. Way too easy to be pushing the sled and have the blade come right through where you are grabbing. Here is how I adapted my “handle” area so that my thumb could NOT slide down into the blade area:

Notice that I have a raised “handle” and that I also have a raised area for a “thumb rest” to keep my thumb high and attached ;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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CueballRosendaul

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#7 posted 09-25-2012 02:16 AM

Nice idea, but I agree that it needs a little refinement to keep it from being a thumbcutting sled. Mike’s is very cool, but just a couple more pieces to the top and back would really make it better. I had one like this before I built the one I’m using now (which I’ll post as a project in a moment). My current sled is just one sided. I need to make another miter sled for doing picture frames though.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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sedcokid

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#8 posted 09-25-2012 02:21 AM

Great Job A.J. You do very good for a young man! By the time you get older and more seasoned you will be a tremendous wood worker!!

Keep up the good work!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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