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Posted on Squaring Crosscut Sled & Making Hold Downs?

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GregD

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#1 posted 01-24-2013 06:07 PM

I like using these hold downs from Peachtree on my sleds. You want the small ones for most T tracks; the large are sized for Peachtree’s heavy duty T track.

My favorite method of squaring a sled is to clamp a precision square against the fence and clamp a dial indicator to the table saw so that it contacts the blade of the square. If your fence is perfect the dial indicator should not deflect in either direction as you move the sled as if making the cut. I use one of these . You can also use a good quality plastic drafting square so long as you clamp it with a block underneath to raise it up. Because these are so thin it takes some care to keep the dial indicator touching the square edge. Since your sled spans both sides of the blade you would probably want to mount the dial indicator on the splitter.

-- Greg D.


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