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Crosscut sled for Makita saw

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Project by Mark Gipson posted 03-05-2013 06:37 AM 2431 views 9 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been putting off building a crosscut sled for far too long. My Makita saw has non standard mitre slots, they are 1/2” wide and only 3/16” deep. This always put me off trying to find something that could be used as a runner. A few days ago I found a Youtube video where an owner of a Craftsman saw had used runners that went on the outside of the saw instead. That looked like an excellent idea and this sled is the result. The left side of the saw wasn’t straight but it was easily persuaded into place.
I squared it with the 5 cut method and the accuracy is very good. This works so well it’s thrown my birthday plans into disarray, I was planning on getting a SCMS to do my crosscuts with but now I’m not sure I need one just yet. What to get instead??





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Hawaiilad

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#1 posted 03-05-2013 08:28 AM

Can’t say I have ever seen one set up like yours, but it just might work and be more stable. Do you have a need to wax the bottom of the sled/top of table so it won’t hang up?

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#2 posted 03-05-2013 12:16 PM

It slides very well but I did wax the bottom of the sled before trying it.

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#3 posted 03-05-2013 12:17 PM

looking good man.. progress is good!

-- making sawdust....

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#4 posted 03-05-2013 01:55 PM

Nice job Mark.
My cross cut sled sees a LOT of use.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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#5 posted 03-05-2013 11:37 PM

very nice sled.i have to build a new one,i just upgraded saws and am missing it.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#6 posted 03-06-2013 03:04 AM

way to adapt to your needs,good job…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#7 posted 03-07-2013 03:23 AM

Great idea, I have the same saw and the same problem “what to use as runner”, this seems like a pretty good solution. Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 03-07-2013 04:01 AM

It’s definitely worth a try Pepe. I cut the plywood base oversize at first and then took some time attaching the runners and making sure there was no play at all. I found that the left hand side of my saw was not straight and this was allowing the sled to wobble a little. I clamped a straight piece of wood to the side of the saw and used a block of wood and a hammer to bend it into shape. After that the sled had no play at all. Attach fences, square it up and give it a good waxing. I think I will make a mitre version for tipping the blade to 45 degrees next as I want to make some small boxes.

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