|Project by Sandra||posted 07-30-2013 10:41 AM||3252 views||7 times favorited||28 comments|
This is my version of a crosscut sled. I borrowed ideas from various places and kept it small as per Doug Stowe’s Basic Box Making book. It measures 16 1/2 ” x 24 1/2 ”.
The base is piece of 1/2” MDF shelving. The width of the shelving dictated the width of the sled. The base rides on two hard maple runners.
The front and back fences are pieces of a broken maple bed rail, which was previously painted white. Since the base and much of each fence was white, I decided to slap some paint on the other side of the front fence. The stain on that side bled into the paint, making it an odd shade of pink.
While I contemplated the unfortunate color, I had a bit of fun scraping the paint off the edges.
The T-track is homemade. (pic 3) using the undercut bit from Lee Valley. The bit worked wonderfully once I figured out that I had to cut with a straight bit first.
Rather than build a box to cover the blade, I attached a thick block of hard maple.
The most time was spent getting the runners right and the front fence square.
Thanks for looking.
-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.