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Rex B

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#1 posted 06-21-2012 03:39 PM

Here’s what I think:

  1. I think 1.5” of baltic birch is plenty thick for the fence, as long as you use enough screws that it won’t flex along its length.
  2. When I built my crosscut sled I finished it with Varathane floor varnish. It’s an idea that I got from Matthias of The floor varnish is harder and slicker than normal varnish, and it has worked great for me. I haven’t had any problems with finish transferring to other things
  3. I may not be understanding your design correctly, but when I built mine I attached the front fence before making the initial cut, because it is not as critical. Then I pushed the sled over the blade but stopped before cutting all the way through, and squared the rear fence to the cut.

Good luck! You will love that sled, I use mine on every project.

-- Rex

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