|Project by vrice||posted 10-06-2013 06:50 PM||3431 views||32 times favorited||12 comments|
Yeah, we see numerous crosscut sleds posted here. I’ve made several myself. I wanted to post this one because I am finding this particular design makes it REALLY easy to keep the fence absolutely square AND with the removable extension I can make a cut on the sled up to 65” in length, with the stop. That’s pretty useful, in my shop.
This sled is from a very recent ShopNotes, vol. 22 issue 130. The second shot shows the design of the runner system. That is each of the two runners (my are from phenolic stock) is attached with 4 machine screws. The runners have holes tapped for the 1/4”-20 machine screws. The holes in the sled base for the screws are over sized, 3/8” holes. This gives a fair amount of slop such that you can place the sled on the saw with the 8 screws loosened, adjust the whole sled back and forth until you have a perfectly square fence, then simply tighten the 8 screws. Dead simple.
This thing also has a removable fence extension. The extension has a hardwood (mine is walnut) key that sits in a dado on the base fence, being fastened via two 1/4”-20 knobs that screw into threaded inserts on the base. Solid. This gives a cutting capacity of 65”, with the included stop. The stop simply rides in T-track installed in the fence and the fence extension.
Lastly, the other feature I really like on this sled is the replaceable zero clearance insert. This was always an issue with my other sleds, after I had switched blades a few times or more drastically used it for dado cuts. Not now.
-- Vic Rice