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02-12-2011 10:28 AM

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Just finished watching the video about the table saw super sled. I understand it’s use for larger panel crosscutting, but why would I need it instead of my sliding miter saw? Am I missing something?

-- James - I don't like jogging - the ice pops out of my glass...

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#1 posted 02-12-2011 01:38 PM

James, a cross cut sled is one of those tools that once you have one in the shop you will wonder why it took you so long to build one. While both do comparable jobs the biggest advantages of a sled are (1) it is inherently safer to operate; (2) it can easily handle small parts that would be difficult to cut on a miter saw; and (3) it has a larger crosscut capacity compared to a miter saw.

I have both and I rarely use my slider anymore for woodworking simply because I would rather use my crosscut sled. The advantage that my slider has comes into play only when cutting long trim moldings. But for general woodworking I will use my sled every time.

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#2 posted 02-12-2011 03:22 PM

Yea what scott said … and welcome to lumberjocks JWags and im sure you will be glued to the computer for the rest of the weekend smokin the lumberjock rock

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#3 posted 02-12-2011 04:20 PM

In my shop it is awkward to cut a long board (more than 5 feet). I can do it, but I have to move other tools around. Hence, I usually use my miter saw to cut long boards down to size. I have lots of clearance on both sides.

For virtually any other cut I prefer my table saw with or without my sled. I have 2 sleds: one for working more safely with small pieces and one for working with large panels. In my opinion, a miter saw is more intended for a carpenter working on site and a table saw is more intended for a woodworker in his/her shop.

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#4 posted 02-12-2011 05:06 PM

Cross-cut sleds and panel cutters… can’t go wrong with either one, and probably need both. I have 2 sleds…one large and one medium….also I have 2 panel large, one medium. I also have a dado sled, and I’ve found all of these indespensable for the jobs at hand that I’m doing….My mitersaw is gathering dust….If you have the room, make a couple of these, and you’ll use them a lot more than your slider m.s…..

edit: They don’t have to be anything fancy, so long as they are square , smooth, and true…..

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#5 posted 02-12-2011 05:10 PM

It’s true that the radial arm & sled can make similar cuts. I simply don’t have room for a radial arm, although if I found a vintage one, I’d make room! The crosscut sled has the benefit of giving you great visibility and a safe hand position. A nice dedicated radial arm station is sure a thing of beauty, though.

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#6 posted 02-12-2011 05:28 PM

Well it has taken me nearly a year to get around to making mine (funny I see this post this morning), but last night I started in on a super sled going off Eagle Lake Woodworking’s design.

Although mine is still in the works and don’t have experience to back it up…. I agree with whats been said. It is just one of those things you will wonder why you didn’t do a long time ago…. Like I am now….lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 02-19-2011 08:23 PM

Had to go out of town since I last posted. Thank you all for the input – I appreciate your advice!

-- James - I don't like jogging - the ice pops out of my glass...

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#8 posted 02-19-2011 08:35 PM

I just pick up a 1950’s DeWalt MMB 23 it will be main crosscutting tool once its restore.

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#9 posted 02-19-2011 08:39 PM

My crosscut sled cuts well over 20 inches and doesn’t take up much room. It is also easy to maintain and keep square. The table saw is there anyways. I have no room for a radial arm saw. What does your sliding miter saw crosscut?

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 02-20-2011 04:43 PM

Just finished mine up a couple days ago (haven’t had a chance to post it up here yet), but I will tell you…. Now that i have it I wonder how in the world did I manage without it. Talk about an extremely useful tool addition to any shop…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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