crosscut sled question

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Forum topic by rmh09 posted 01-15-2011 12:34 AM 1093 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-15-2011 12:34 AM

I know it probably makes zero difference but I really don’t understand. Sorry to reference a competitor! In the Woodsmith’s show and in their 105 shop projects book, they cut off some of the crosscut sled (the upper left portion) in a fairly large semi-circle. They call it “waste”. To me it wouldn’t be waste, it would add more stability to the sled. I know that there are 100’s of design’s for these sleds. I just don’t understand the benefit of taking the extra step to cut off the “waste”? Please let me know… it’s keeping me up at night wondering….


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#1 posted 01-15-2011 12:45 AM

Reduce weight, making it easier to lift the sled on and off the saw.

You can reduce sled weight by cutting holes in it as well, just as
cast-iron sliding outrigger tables often have holes cast in them to reduce
the weight and cost of machining a solid iron surface.

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#2 posted 01-15-2011 02:07 AM

There you go; Loren is right on. See, when you ask questions here, you get GOOD answers—usually. Sometimes I screw up, but most of these guys are pretty much on the ball.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 02:30 AM

Loren is right on for the REAL answer.

However, something I’ve noticed with Woodsmith projects after doing a few of them is they put a lot of details in their shop jigs that are thoroughly thought through but aren’t really necessary. They are nice touches to make them more professional. If you don’t see a reason to do those extra details though, don’t. I modified a few things of theres to make it easier for me to cut, I didn’t care if it wasn’t as pretty because I’m the only one really seeing it.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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