William Ng's Cross Cut Sled

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Project by Lance posted 04-18-2013 02:23 AM 7853 views 13 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting/needing a cross cut sled since I bought my first TS 2 years ago. I finally built it since I sold my MS last week on CL, so I figure I really needed one now!

I made it exactly like William’s YouTube video shows except I used Plywood runners – Maple runners keeps giving me trouble, so I opted to use baltic birch plywood runners, hopefully they’ll hold up.

I used the 5 simple cuts to a perfect cross cut sled. I used a 18”x15” rectangle to square up my sled. It was -.006 off, I don’t own a set of feeler gauges so I left it along, didn’t want to mess it up. Remember that error is over 5 cuts, so the actual error over 18” is probably like .0015 – I can live with that!!!

Hope you enjoy!!!

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#1 posted 04-18-2013 02:43 AM

Very nice Lance. I’ll have to make one of those!!

-- A Veteran is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including their life. That is beyond honor

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#2 posted 04-18-2013 03:39 AM

Well done Lance. I built one of those a little while ago. It’s really nice not to have to juggle big stock on a small miter gauge.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 04-18-2013 08:20 AM

Great work. I made the same one and love it. I messed with mine and got it to .000125. I know not really nessesary, but it was fun. I did put a saftey block on the end where the blade comes out which had been great. I used the Woodwhisper’s video who got his from Ng’s design. I plan on going to one of Ng’s classes here in Southern California as it is really close to wear I live.

Lance are you going to the big woodworking show in vegas this summer? I’ll be there with Blondie. If so, let me know and will meet up for beers and dinner. I know Vegas well….Its only a 3.5 hr drive. Without traffic of course…LOL

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

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#4 posted 04-18-2013 12:26 PM

Nice sled build. You’ll be luvin that

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#5 posted 04-18-2013 03:20 PM

I too made one and I had little idea that I’d use it so much.

I’ll be interested to know how your baltic birch runners hold up…

Best of luck!

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#6 posted 04-18-2013 03:27 PM

Ken – Unfortauntly I won’t be attending the show in Vegas, promised my wife a sewing machine since I got a couple new toys in the shop recently, darn things are more expensive then my tools! lol

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#7 posted 04-18-2013 05:07 PM

Great job

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#8 posted 04-18-2013 05:29 PM

Nice job! I made the same one too and love it! I’ve made a few in the past and could never quite get them to cut perfectly square. I was amazed at how accurate i could get this one given William’s method of setting the rear fence up.

I’ll echo Ken’s comment on the rear safety block. It’s well worth the time it takes to make and could save you from an accidental dance with the saw blade. :-)

-- Paul Lyons

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#9 posted 04-18-2013 06:55 PM

Birch ply makes GREAT runners! I know several busy schools that use them.

Think about it, you’re riding on birch end grain, which is very hard, as well as a good holder of wax. Once some wax burnishes into the end grain, it wears like iron. Ply is also extremely stable.

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#10 posted 04-18-2013 07:12 PM

Great job! Your making some fantastic jigs! You may want to consider making a blade box on the front fence, sometimes the blade can come close to your hands.

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#11 posted 04-20-2013 02:51 PM

Great Lance your building not only a sled but your techniques , jigs and can get better and faster. Don,t forget the drill hole in it to hang it next to all your other jigs.

-- "The hand is the cutting edge of the mind but the wind and sun are the healing factors of the heart

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