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Super accurate crosscut sled

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Project by Brady Garrett posted 10-25-2012 05:33 AM 3288 views 21 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This crosscut sled is a combination of ideas presented by Steve Ramsey http://youtu.be/69t6MFCUobw and William Ng http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UbG-n--LFgQ . The sled is 43” x 26” allowing me to cut large panels. Its adjustable stop block follows Steve’s plan allowing me to reproduce cuts easily. The knob was created by hand using 3/4” plywood and a hole saw. Thanks to William’s excellent 5 cut instructions, I was able to fine tune this sled to be accurate to less than 1/128” over the entire face. I also employed his idea to create a guard out of plexi glass for easy visibility while cutting. A good coating of paste wax ensures that it slides smoothly. I have been extremely pleased with how precise my cuts have become on recent projects.

-- Brady Garrett, Mississippi





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bluekingfisher

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#1 posted 10-25-2012 07:22 AM

Can’t beat a good crosscut sled for accuracy and safety. Looks like yours will serve both of those standards. Thanks for sharing.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 10-25-2012 10:23 AM

Nice work we all need a good one of these to make our work and life much more easy. Well done.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 10-25-2012 12:56 PM

Very nice sled. You sure did your homework on the design and got great results.
You appreciate it more if you make it yourself, too….................................Jim

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

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Jason™

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#4 posted 10-25-2012 03:42 PM

You followed a very well detailed method for squaring up the fence to the blade. The 5 cut method seems like a really simple way to get your fence dead on at least for me it was. Took me 3 trys and I had it almost perfect, almost used as with quite a bit of meaning though…lol/

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Dwain

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#5 posted 10-25-2012 06:45 PM

Nicely done. I would like to see more pics. How thick are your fences? I just picked up some 1/2 ply to start mine. I think I will take your cue on the plexiglass cover, and the stop block.

Safety first!

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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Michael Wilson

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#6 posted 10-25-2012 07:25 PM

Why I keep delaying in making one of these I have no idea.

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whitebeast88

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#7 posted 10-25-2012 09:40 PM

great looking sled.i started on my bout 2 weeks ago and i haven’t been able to finish it yet.i also am modeling mine after steve’s.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Brady Garrett

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#8 posted 10-25-2012 09:41 PM

Dwiain, The fences are made of 3/4 inch plywood. I used Steve Ramsey’s method of cutting a groove in the face of the reference fence to accommodate a toilet bolt. Then I glued a piece of 1/4” hardboard of the same size to the fence and recut the groove to allow the bolt to move up and down the groove.

-- Brady Garrett, Mississippi

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#9 posted 10-25-2012 09:44 PM

Crisp work.

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HorizontalMike

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#10 posted 12-03-2012 01:52 AM

Nice job. After building one myself, I find myself using it ALL of the time. Well done!

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

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