Worlds thinnest cross cut sled...

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This is the second one I made after the first one was a big failure. You can’t use anything thicker for the sled than 1/4 in ply when the TS you’re using is an 8 1/4 in 30 year old Craftsman TS hahaha…good learning experience. In addition the TS has non-standard slots no blade guard and no rip fence. Model 3102 type 4 is completely obsolete but the sled works well for a beginner. It even has a sled stop and arbor for a clamp from my miter saw – added from shear boredom and lack of wood to work!!!

Beginner woodworkers are surely entertaining – but have to start somewhere right!!

Next posted project once I get pics is for bed rails that broke and I need some advice creating new ones…

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#1 posted 03-06-2013 09:14 PM

good, useful project.
Though one of my first crosscut sleds was made for 3/16” hardboard!

-- Joel

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#2 posted 03-06-2013 09:44 PM

You know what, we make do with what we have. Looks like a good jig to me. Whenever you make something to keep your fingers away from the blade, that’s always a good thing.

-- Cats, beer and wood...perfect.

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#3 posted 03-07-2013 02:42 AM

great looking sled,it’ll come in very handy.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 03-07-2013 05:16 AM

My cross sled is 6mm mdf…

Well done

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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#5 posted 03-08-2013 10:22 PM

i’ve been looking at different designs and this is one I like – very simple and it looks like it’ll work very well. Nice job.

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#6 posted 03-17-2013 09:03 AM

So did you make runners for the nonstandard miter slots, or did you use cleats that engage/rub the right and left sides of the table?
(My Craftsman saw is only 10yrs old, but it, too, has the nonstandard miter slots… I chose the cleat on the outside method for mine). Fortunately for me it uses a 10” blade, so my thinnest sled is 1/2”... Your record is safe, LOL!

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#7 posted 03-17-2013 05:59 PM

I used 1/2 in square stock as cleats running on the outside edges – works fairly well.

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#8 posted 04-02-2013 07:15 PM

Looks like a great jig to me.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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