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Crosscut Sled upgrade

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Project by NedB posted 08-29-2008 02:48 AM 1693 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This sled actually goes back two shops ago, to when I first bought my saw… call it almost 4 years, but today it got a lot safer…

ccrosscut sled

Construction is 3/4” solid wood core luann plywood for the platform, and the risers were 5/4 poplar with UHMV runners.
Today, on the advice of a friend on familywoodworking.org, I added a trap block to the back of the sled:
sled

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com





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lew

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#1 posted 08-29-2008 03:58 AM

Nice upgrade! How do you like using UHMV for runners?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 08-29-2008 04:09 AM

Lew, I haven’t used anything other than these, so I don’t have any comparison, but it has worked well over the years.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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lew

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#3 posted 08-29-2008 04:10 AM

I wondered if it would wear, over time, and become sloppy in the miter gauge track.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 08-29-2008 04:16 AM

If the screws you used to hold the UHMW in place are short enough, if the strip starts to wear, just tighten down the screws a little, and it will cause the plastic to bulge a little and tighten up in the track.

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#5 posted 08-29-2008 05:37 AM

Nice job, that should get it done

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#6 posted 08-29-2008 10:56 AM

Great job!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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#7 posted 08-29-2008 12:31 PM

Thats a nice crosscut sled, Ned.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#8 posted 08-29-2008 06:46 PM

Great safety addition. And I like the runners made of UHMW. I always called it the “cheap man’s teflon”...

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#9 posted 09-01-2008 03:01 AM

I’ve never had a sled before, but a few weeks ago I had a chance to use a sled for a week and it’s the cats meow. It was a full size sled. Equal disances on both sides of the blade. The question I have for you is there a reason for it being shorter on one side than the other?

-- Bud, Central Square, NY, http://thepostnbeam.blogspot.com/

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#10 posted 09-01-2008 11:37 AM

Bud, oof, that’s a tough one… I built that thing so long ago… nearly 4 years ago. HOwever, IIRC it was because I’m right handed, and I hold the piece down with my left, so my stronger hand pushes the sled.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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