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Forum topic by dannymac posted 03-09-2010 01:20 AM 1016 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-09-2010 01:20 AM

I noticed a lot of crosscut and miter sleds here. I’ve never built one cause I have a compound miter saw.

Now here’s my question, were these things made to take the place of a miter or radail arm saws or was there something else in mind?

-- dannymac

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#1 posted 03-09-2010 01:28 AM

On a TS a properly built sled will give you far better (more accurate) cross cuts than you can get with most “stock” miter gauges. OTOH, an improperly built sled will quickly drive you to the pursuit of strong drink and loose women! – lol

I’ve always used sleds, but my “new” Jet has a sliding table on the left side and I find myself using the sled much less than I did before.

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#2 posted 03-09-2010 01:37 AM

Does anyone really need an excuse for stong dring and loose women

-- dannymac

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#3 posted 03-09-2010 01:41 AM

A bad sled is like that pull cord on the lawnmower that won’t quite retract all the way after you start it. It works but ain’t quite right.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#4 posted 03-09-2010 01:49 AM

a proper and wider sled ,
can allow you to crosscut cab panels ,
as it can keep the ply parts from twisting slightly .
and with stops you can odd cut straight lines at an angle .

like all tools ,
it fills a niche ,
and broadens your ability’s .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 03-09-2010 02:10 AM

i just finished a hybrid version of a miter guage and crosscut sled (here)
For me its the best of both worlds! it allows me to make angle cuts quick and accurate then switch back to 90 degrees with the positive stops on the miter guage.

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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#6 posted 03-09-2010 03:46 AM

Another advantage to a sled is that, much as the link that Skarp provided, it can be used to cut small pieces that cannot be made safely on a miter saw or RAS.

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