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Project by ytsejamr posted 2190 days ago 9111 views 116 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Let me start this out by saying I am fully aware that this thing is overkill. I wanted to make a crosscut sled that I would be proud of and last a long time. I had a couple leftover walnut boards from my columns that I ended up using: Click for details

I used some cheap Borg plywood, Kreg T-track, and the Kreg runners. I really like the runners. The sled is about the size of my table saw top. The maple pieces were scrap also.

I had the bright idea of embedding a tape rule near the fence and then covering it with poly. It didn’t quite turn out like I had expected. I routed a shallow channel for the tape, put it down, taped it off and poured poly in. In hindsight, I should have used epoxy. I also had some issues with the top. I was playing with tinted shellac. I didn’t put it down very evenly on the base, so I tried sanding it off. Well, when I did that I sanded through to the tape in a couple spots. The tint really got into the grain of the plywood, and if I sanded any further I would have been through. So the top doesn’t look all that great, but it’s still functional.

I added a lexan blade guard. It’s screwed in, so I can remove if I need to.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with it. It’s a little heavy . . . but I can handle it. :-)

I ended up using the 5-cut method to fine tune the fence just a bit. It’s been solid ever since.

-Brian





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SteveKorz

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#1 posted 2190 days ago

I don’t think this is overkill, I think it’s craftsmanship!... Very nice, great job on this!

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

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#2 posted 2190 days ago

Very nice!

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wpreman

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#3 posted 2190 days ago

I agree with Steve, nicely done!

-- Bill, Florida

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sIKE

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#4 posted 2190 days ago

Man this thing is a beaut! At first glance, I was thinking nice, but I want a tape on my next one. Then you did the unexpected! You put the tape on the table itself! Brilliant! Consider that idea leeched! The blade guard in the back is very perty! Very impressive.

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

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Bigdogs117

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#5 posted 2190 days ago

Very Sharp….I agree with Steve, beautiful craftmanship using leftovers.

-- Rusty

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KRAIG

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#6 posted 2190 days ago

GREAT JOB. USE MINE ALL THE TIME.

-- kraig stewart

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Greg Wurst

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#7 posted 2190 days ago

Fancy!

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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depictureboy

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#8 posted 2190 days ago

Very nice, I have been holding off on making a sled for a bit, I found a nice one in shopnotes with a sliding section that makes it an adjustable zero clearance insert…but the design was for a right tilt table, so I have to modify it for mine, plus get the plywood etc…so its a process…yours is absolutely beautiful, and it includes several of my thoughts as far as what makes a nice sled.

Great Work!

-- If you can't build it, code it. If you can't code it, build it. But always ALWAYS take a picture.

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SawdustMill

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#9 posted 2190 days ago

heh, “fancy” is an understatement :)

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Quentin

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#10 posted 2190 days ago

I love it!

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ytsejamr

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#11 posted 2190 days ago

“Man this thing is a beaut! At first glance, I was thinking nice, but I want a tape on my next one. Then you did the unexpected! You put the tape on the table itself! Brilliant! Consider that idea leeched! The blade guard in the back is very perty! Very impressive.”

Here’s a tip. Make sure you route the channel for the tape before you put the back fence on. I didn’t thinking I could get a palm router in there close to the fence, but it wasn’t going to happen. I ended up taking the back fence off, then trying to route the channel in the plywood that already had the saw cut through it. Then I had to re-square the fence. So yeah . . . route that channel first! :-)

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sIKE

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#12 posted 2190 days ago

Thanks! That is a great tip!

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

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Texasgaloot

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#13 posted 2190 days ago

I figure that 100 years ago craftsman showed off their abilities through the tools they made for themselves in the workshop. Why should today be any different, just because the tools have tails? I think it makes a great sales brochure! Great job!

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

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Garyb6

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#14 posted 2190 days ago

Nice sled. I agree with the others. Make your shop fixtures as nice as you would any other item you build.

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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Chris

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#15 posted 2190 days ago

Looks Great! There is no such thing as overkill when it comes to a sled….

You should see the one I just finished :) Yours seems a lot sleeker and more refined than mine.

!Click for details!

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

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