|Project by Jake Brain||posted 05-05-2013 08:37 PM||6607 views||65 times favorited||20 comments|
I just built a new cross cut sled for my table saw, I had an old one but it was not as accurate as I need to build the jewelry chess. This time I used ½” Baltic plywood for the base with Maple for the front and rear fence. I went with 1/2 inch plywood so I wouldn’t lose very much blade height capacity. I designed the sled with versatility in mind. I added four slots; these slots function the same as t-tracks but keep the top of the sled smooth. The four slots allow for the use of stop blocks, miter fence and other add-on jigs. I routed the hold down slots from the underside first with a ¼” spiral bit all the way through the board, then with a ½” to a depth of ¼” this so that I can accommodate ¼”- 20 bolts. I made some miter fences from ½” Baltic with Maple edges, and also put slots in them to incorporate the use of Toggle Clamps, hold downs.
I used the five cut method as described by William Ng in his video to get a sled dead on square. I also added a stop block/rip fence so that I can rip thin strips of wood for the trim on the jewelry chess. The stop block has a ¼” slot in it so that it can be adjusted. The saw blade protection block is solid Cherry.
-- Jake Brain, Florida