LumberJocks

Cross cut sleds

  • Advertise with us

« back to Jigs & Fixtures forum

Forum topic by pontic posted 09-23-2017 02:20 PM 931 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View pontic's profile

pontic

505 posts in 448 days


09-23-2017 02:20 PM

Which do you prefer the single fence in the rear or the double front and back fences?
I like the single fence myself. More room for larger stock.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum


13 replies so far

View Bob Kassmeyer's profile

Bob Kassmeyer

206 posts in 2765 days


#1 posted 09-23-2017 02:32 PM

I don’t usually build really large things and prefer my sled to have both a front and back fence.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

View Rich's profile

Rich

1986 posts in 429 days


#2 posted 09-23-2017 02:46 PM

I like to align the board to a fence in the front. I feel like trying to hold it against a fence across the table would be awkward and dangerous. I have three sleds for various sizes: one with a 12” width capacity, one with 18” and one with 27”. The 27 inch is about my limit for usability, but still allows me to crosscut pretty much any cabinet component. The smaller ones are lighter and easier to use for smaller pieces.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

View Lazyman's profile

Lazyman

1508 posts in 1227 days


#3 posted 09-23-2017 03:08 PM

I’ve not made a 1 fence sled but since I am constantly setting it aside to make cuts without the sled, I would worry that it would be hard to keep it flat. Have you seen that to be a problem?

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

View Rick  Dennington's profile

Rick Dennington

5600 posts in 3034 days


#4 posted 09-23-2017 03:09 PM

I actually have 5 sleds…from small to large, and everything in between….But the sled I use the most is this one:

Sorry about the pictures looking like that…!!

-- My grandpa used to say: "Y'all come back when you can....come after dinner, and leave before supper.."

View pontic's profile

pontic

505 posts in 448 days


#5 posted 09-23-2017 09:29 PM

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

View woodbutcherbynight's profile

woodbutcherbynight

3650 posts in 2248 days


#6 posted 09-24-2017 01:53 AM

I have both, a smaller one for short pieces that just has runners and a back no bottom. Then a larger one with a front and a back. I made one for miters with a back but I don’t recommend it. Had to take it off more than a few times to account for special cuts.

My 2 cents worth anyway.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

View Andybb's profile (online now)

Andybb

556 posts in 443 days


#7 posted 09-24-2017 02:41 AM

Other than stability, what is the purpose of the back fence? I built a big hurkin sled with f&b fences and turned it back into pieces of birch ply as I never used it as it was a pain to move and store. My Incra miter sled is starting to earn it’s keep. Incredibly accurate as I’ve been making jewelry boxes and frames lately.

-- Andybb - GO HAWKS!

View woodbutcherbynight's profile

woodbutcherbynight

3650 posts in 2248 days


#8 posted 09-24-2017 03:43 AM



Other than stability, what is the purpose of the back fence? I built a big hurkin sled with f&b fences and turned it back into pieces of birch ply as I never used it as it was a pain to move and store. My Incra miter sled is starting to earn it s keep. Incredibly accurate as I ve been making jewelry boxes and frames lately.

- Andybb

While it does help stabilize the bottom I see no other real need for it. I researched alot of different sizes of builds before making my own. Big sleds work great for larger work, if you do that alot. Then of course you have the issue as you mentioned of “where do I put this thing?”. My approach was what would I use it for, then where will I put it, then build it accordingly. Took longer to work out the details but in the end I built one that suites my needs, and has a place that is not a pain to get to and use, or in the way well mostly. LOL

See this link for my built and storage place.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

View Rich's profile

Rich

1986 posts in 429 days


#9 posted 09-24-2017 03:48 AM

I use the back fence to stand them up on the floor. Having them oriented like that makes it natural to pick up and lay on the saw. They also take up less floor space when standing up.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

View jbay's profile (online now)

jbay

1861 posts in 739 days


#10 posted 09-24-2017 04:00 AM

I’m new with sleds, but I thought the top fence was to keep the tracks running parallel.
Without the top fence what holds the tracks together?

-- If anyone would like to see my Portfolio, PM me and I would be glad to send you the link.

View TheFridge's profile

TheFridge

8333 posts in 1326 days


#11 posted 09-24-2017 04:21 AM

The runners. It’ll work fine though.

If I can’t cut it with the 26” capacity on mine I pull the front off and put it back in after.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

View Rick  Dennington's profile

Rick Dennington

5600 posts in 3034 days


#12 posted 09-24-2017 04:46 AM

Here are a few more of my sleds….The one behind the big sled is a panel cutter…..One is for dados, and the small one is for, naturally, smaller stock…..

-- My grandpa used to say: "Y'all come back when you can....come after dinner, and leave before supper.."

View pontic's profile

pontic

505 posts in 448 days


#13 posted 09-24-2017 04:18 PM

I have an 1100 sq’ shop with 12’ ceilings. I have a special hanger for the fence. I can cut a 36” dado in plywood stock. Since I do mostly Specialty Kitchen and wall mounted cabinetry and shelving units it is a must have in my shop. Just placed the metal rails on it ‘cuz the Plastic ones were worn to the point of wobbeling. I got them from Lee Valley. they are 25,3/4” long with “T” guides in the front so it doesn’t flip up when I pull it out past the slots too much.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com