|Project by Squirrel||posted 01-02-2013 05:40 AM||1802 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
So saw another crosscut sled post this morning and I was prompted to post mine as a result…
This sled model includes a cabinet door hinge hold-down clamp, some holes in the fence for clamps, a piece of scrap oak blade guard, an aluminum track cannibalized from the stock miter gauge, removable offset blocks, and a miter key jig attachment…
I made a bunch of small 2.5” cube boxes for Christmas using this small sled and it worked great. When I was cutting the sides to length I was getting nervous moving my hand close to the blade over and over again (needed 56 sides) so I screwed the scrap stick next to the blade so I wouldn’t hit it. Since I was working with the small stock I wanted some type of clamp and a cabinet door hinge was the only thing I had on hand that would do the trick.
I bought a 90 degree router bit awhile back because I plan on making some boxes using britboxmaker’s guides and instead made a small miter key jig (picture 4 shows my test box with some purple heart keys in a magnolia cube).
For my next sled I will probably use two tracks, but I don’t have a grinder to “fix” my non standard tracks so I used the miter gauge track and squared it to the back edge of the plywood base. There are probably better ways to square it but I simply screwed one side of the track in place, held a square up to it, then ran a screw through the other side of the track (you can see it protruding out on the top of the sled near its upper right hand corner…).
Thoughts/Tips for improvements and future sleds?
Thanks for looking.