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Project by hoss12992 posted 144 days ago 1295 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one is def not purdy, but after about 15 years of near constant use, I would not expect it to be. This is the one piece that gets the most use in my shop and is a HUGE time saver. I have seen several other sleds but none were built out of 2”x6” on the front and back. Im a firm believer in having 2×6 on both the front and back. Def makes it very solid and the extra height in the middle around the saw blade is a safety issue for me. It def helps keeping fingers from being around the blade. I had some shelving material that a neighbor gave me and I cut a piece of it for the bottom of this sled. Went to the barn and got a couple scrap pieces of 2×6 for the front and back. I also cut 4 pieces off the bottom to use as miter guides, which I cut to be 3/4” tall and support runners which I put 3/8” tall, near each end. The trick to this sled is making sure when you attach the miter guides to the sled which I use glue and screws, is making sure they are square. With that done, I cranked up the blade on the table saw as tall as it would go and then ran the sled all the way through for the first cut. After that, anytime I need to cut a board square, I just line my marks with the blade cut on the sled. MUCH FASTER and easier for just regular straight 90 degree cuts. I hope this helps somebody.

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mikethetermite

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#1 posted 144 days ago

Must be well built and very useful if it’s been around for 15 years. That alone says alot.

Mike the termite US Navy Retired.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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Handtooler

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#2 posted 144 days ago

Mine is almost identical, 2×6’s included except I added a vertical 2×6 hemisphere where the blad would pass thru to prevent the user from getting cut should his hand wander to the center while he watches the cut. Just an extra precaution for this oldie. It cuts perfect 90 degrees every time.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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aussiedave

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#3 posted 144 days ago

A crosscut sled does not have to be pretty as long as it does the job. 90 degrees after 15 year then that is a well made sled…:)

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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BusterB

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#4 posted 144 days ago

Hoss, I have a few tools older than 15 years in my shop….just not any of them I made myself….lol When I upgraded my old Craftsman TS a few months back I gave it and my two sleds to the son-in-law, i have built a new miter sled but not got around to the cross cut sled yet…I only miss it when I need it…lol Another fine build buddy…keep em coming

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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doubleDD

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#5 posted 144 days ago

Sounds like an oldie but goodie. Fancy ones do not do a better job than a well built one. Nice style and built to last.
BYW, nice table saw.

-- --Dave-- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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ZAGREB

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#6 posted 144 days ago

enjoy another 15 years, and again new … and again, and again … Regards

-- bambi

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Todd Barrone

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#7 posted 144 days ago

Now that’s a sled my friend! I like it.

-- "Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway" John Wayne https://www.facebook.com/BarroneContracting

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 143 days ago

Great job on this. I need to make one.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 143 days ago

Great minds think alike. I used 2×6s for the front and back that I salvaged from my dad’s barn (55 year old Doug Fir). Hope it lasts as long as yours.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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CFrye

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#10 posted 142 days ago

15 years sounds like a purdy good track record Hoss! When it comes to jigs, it’s the results that count, right? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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