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Project by Bigbuck posted 05-30-2008 05:45 AM 4082 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just got a new table saw and decided I need to build a cross cut sled to go with it. I wanted to make it as big as possible but storage space is limited so I made it in to parts, the actual sled and a stadionay support so to speak. The sled is ~27” wide and 36” long with a peice of t-track on the right side with a stop block. I am a little worried that the rail should have been a little taller but it was all I had.

Anyway if anybody has any suggestions on changes to make for the next one I am all ears.

Thanks,

-- Glenn, New Mexico





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GaryK

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#1 posted 05-30-2008 05:55 AM

I would add a block at the back where the blade comes out to guard yourself from the blade.

Like this:

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 05-30-2008 12:52 PM

Thats a nice crosscut sled.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 05-30-2008 04:00 PM

Great sled. Has it proven to cut square? That was tough when I did mine. I don’t think the fence height will prove an issue. Shouldn’t be tough to alter should you choose to. Gary is absolutely right. Block the blade exiting the sled. I like to mark the 3” danger zone with a bright color on each side of the cut line as well. Only other thing that comes to mind would be a LEXAN guard running from front to back. Maybe about 4-6” wide. It’s clear and would prevent you from easily dropping something onto or touching a spinning blade. Well done. You’ll have to post a review on your new saw after some use.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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Bigbuck

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#4 posted 05-30-2008 10:22 PM

Thanks for the input I will definatly add a block to the back, I always worried about that but the solustion had never occured to me.

The lexan is also a good idea that I think would make a fine addition.

Yes it does make a square cut, also I forgot to mention it has a 24” incra slider on the right side and a oak slider on the left. The incra slider would have been okay on its own but since it is so big I decided 2 would be best. With them both on there is no perceptable side to side twist as you slide the sled.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#5 posted 05-31-2008 04:10 PM

Nice job and good idea given by Gary. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Big_Bob

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#6 posted 06-02-2008 08:41 PM

Big Buck

I like your sled and I strongly agree with the blade guard ideas. When you are pushing a sled you tend to look at the material you are cutting not the back of the sled where your hands are. One thing I did was I had a large sled and it was so large that it was just a pain to drag it over to the saw each time I wanted to use it. So I made a small one. The majority of the boards I cut are less than 12 inches wide. So I made a sled that is about 12 inches by 24 inches. This sled does not take up much room. It is light weight. I leave it on the saw when I am not using it. This works perfectly for boards less than say 5 feet long. (Almost all my work) But best of all I can still drag out the big sled when I need it.

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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douglbe

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#7 posted 06-11-2008 01:40 AM

My Rigid table saw doesn’t have such a nice partner, yet! Nice work.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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Sac

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#8 posted 06-29-2008 10:21 PM

Nice looking sled. I like the safety ideas the folks have mentioned as I am surfing lumberjocks to get ideas I may add. Just finished the base.

-- Jerry

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Dusty56

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#9 posted 07-22-2008 04:03 PM

great sled idea for a smaller table saw. I like the side table extension as well and would like to see the improvements made by you that the other LJs suggested for your safety . Have a great day : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Timber4fun

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#10 posted 07-22-2008 04:23 PM

Nice ideas on sleds. I just put together a sled myself about a month ago. I may have to make a few modifications.

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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