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Project by Chris posted 2246 days ago 33247 views 73 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got around to building a cross cut sled for my TS… Boy did I miss having one of these! The reasoning behind the dimensions is pretty simple; they were scrap pieces that were close to the size I wanted so I just picked a base size close to what I had on hand.

Base: 31” x 36” 3/4” Birch Ply

Front Fence: 5 3/4” x 36” Double Layer of 3/4” Birch Ply

Rear Fence: 5 3/4” x 36” 8/4 White Oak

Stop: Hard Maple 1” x 5 3/4” x 2 1/2”

Hardware: Incra TT+ Scale Track (rear fence), Incra 22” Miter Sliders,

Still to Come: Toggle Clamp assy’s for the fence

It occurred to me as I was writing this that you may wonder why, in the first photo, the sled was not flat to the table. It was due to the clamps I was using to hold the blade guard pieces in place.

I will top them off with a piece of Lexan. I’ll also use a strip of Lexan across the top of the sled to cover the kerf path of the blade

UPDATE

Added Acrylic instead of Lexan; the acrylic was 1/3 the cost.

Also, because I plan on setting the sled on it’s rear edge when not in use I added these White Oak corner blocks to help stabilize the it.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein





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Russ553

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#1 posted 2246 days ago

That’s great.

Since I made mine, it lives on the saw. I use it for everything!

-- Getting to be an antique - been there, done that, can't remember!

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lew

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#2 posted 2246 days ago

Nice looking sled!

Do you find it will work in place of a “panel cutting” jig?

Lew

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TedM

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#3 posted 2246 days ago

Great looking sled!

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sIKE

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#4 posted 2246 days ago

That things the bomb, consider it leeched!

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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Texasgaloot

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#5 posted 2246 days ago

Looks like a well thought out sled! Gives me ideas!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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Dave T

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#6 posted 2246 days ago

Great sled. This is one thing I am missing. I have the slides, just never got around to building the sled itself.

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#7 posted 2246 days ago

Chris, This is a nice sled. It is well designed and has some really nice features.

Thanks for the post. I have one of these on my to-do list as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Chris

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#8 posted 2246 days ago

Lew,

I do not cut many panels, If I do start cutting larger ones I’ll probably make a dedicated panel sled.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Chris

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#9 posted 2246 days ago

Dave T,

I purchased a pair of the long miter sliders and a pair of the short ones nearly a year ago. I just got around to using the long ones on this project. I’ll probably use the short ones for a dedicated miter sled; but, that’s another project! :)

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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ChuckM

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#10 posted 2246 days ago

The sled is an indispensable TS accessory. Good work.

Question: Are the sliders made of aluminum? If so, would wear and tear on them over time affect the accuracy of the 90 degree cuts?

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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Chris

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#11 posted 2246 days ago

ChuckM,

Yes, they are aluminum. However, they do have an adjustment mechanism to allow for differences in miter slots which could adjust for wear and tear as well. I don’t believe they will receive all that much wear as they act as guides and do not necessarily take that much load. As long as the blade remains parallel to the miter slot I don’t foresee any issues.

Just my 2 Cents….

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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trifern

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#12 posted 2246 days ago

Nice project Chris. I need to build one of these for my shop. Thank you for posting.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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SteveKorz

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#13 posted 2246 days ago

Cool project, you’ll get lot’s of use from it I’m sure.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Karson

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#14 posted 2246 days ago

Great looking sld. I’ve got a sliding table on my saw, so I don’t need a big one. I’m more interested in making a sled for cutting small pieces where I can hold the wood on both sides of the blade. A nice design.

I installed an Incra fence on my sliding table to get the accurcy on cross-cut pieces.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Chris

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#15 posted 2246 days ago

Karson,

I plan on using a couple of Toggle Clamps on the t-track in the fence for that very reason… :)

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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