|Project by Matt in Franklin||posted 01-14-2014 04:38 AM||2216 views||7 times favorited||12 comments|
While this isn’t my first woodworking project, it is the first project I have completed since joining LJ, so I thought it would be great to post it as my first LJ project.
I decided I needed a smaller crosscut sled as an alternative to my primary crosscut sled which has much more real estate, but is a pain to have to get out and use when I need to cut pieces that are only a few inches long or thick.
I also wanted to try and ensure a more accurate cut by using more stout ply (my larger sled is 1/2” ply) and using a hardwood reference surface on the back rail.
The sled base is made out of 3/4” birch ply with a total width of about 22” and 16” of space between the front and back rails. It is trimmed out in 1/4” red oak to protect the edges of the sled from bumps.
The front fence is done the same way.
The back fence has a core made of two 3/4” ply strips glued together. I then added a 3/4” piece of red oak to the top and rounded over the edges for a more comfortable grip. I cut a grove out for an Incra t-track on the top (for future accessories) and also created a homemade t-slot on the front of the fence by adding a piece of 1/4” red oak.
The runners and blade guard are also red oak and are able to be replaced if they get worn out or if I change saws and the miter slots require a different width on the runners.
I finished the top surface and rails of the sled with 3 coats of shellac. I find it easier to move stops and work pieces across the smooth surface of the sled and rail and it’s easier to clean up the dust that gets on the sled.
A couple coats of paste wax on the bottom and its time to cut some wood!