Improving my crosscut sled

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Forum topic by mcase posted 06-27-2011 04:07 AM 1269 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-27-2011 04:07 AM

Well I’ve just finished working on improving my crosscut sled. It has two metal rails and is really accurate. It can cut a full 24” with real precision. But it did not have an integral stop system. I have a Brosset stop block on my miter saw table. It requires an 1.5” fence. Well my sled had a 1.5’ fence all it needed was a new one a bit longer and I was in business. Well I took a really nice piece of 8/4 maple and milled it to dead flat. I routed it out to receive a sacrificial Masonite shoe where the blade passes through. I was leaving the center high enough to go over the blade and trimming the rest of the fence down for both weight and to be the right height for the stop block system. Well I was on the last cut. Everything was really true and precise. But thats when I flipped it over the wrong way and removed the bottom that should have been the fence instead of the top waste. Moral of the story – I should have sketched the whole design on the wood and shaded the waste stock instead of counting on big brain to guide me. I have thousands of $$ in machines. Now I’m going to invest in some chalk.

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