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05-31-2008 06:37 AM

I am wondering how do you guys do your crosscuting? with a miter saw, miter guage on a table saw or a crosscut sled?

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#1 posted 05-31-2008 06:44 AM

If it’s short I use my miter gauge (it’s an Incra which I love)

If it’s long ( 5 feet plus) I use a cross cutting sled on my table saw.

I have a miter saw but I never use it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 05-31-2008 07:07 AM

For finish crosscutting, I use both my 12” Dewalt slider with a 12” Forrest Chopmaster, and my table saw with an 80T crosscut blade on a very accurate sled.

I break down all my rough lumber on a Craftsman 10” RAS.

-- John, Chisel and Bit Custom Crafted Furniture,

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#3 posted 05-31-2008 07:26 AM

1. Use your table saw enough that you know it like an old friend. Keep it tuned up so so that it’s square to the world.
2. If you’re cutting a long board, measure and cut rough in the center of the board, to bring it down to lengths you can handle.
3. If your miter gauge allows it, attach an extension to cut longer boards. Again, keep it all square & straight.

I have never used a sled or owned a miter saw. Table saws have been around a lot longer than miter saws.

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#4 posted 05-31-2008 12:59 PM

I primarily use my miter saw for cross cutting but I will also use my table saw with a miter gauge or sled if it happens to be set up.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 05-31-2008 01:00 PM

I have an older radial arm saw just for crosscutting.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#6 posted 05-31-2008 01:19 PM

For what its worth, if I have to cross cut a rough lenght I use my circular saw for a riugh cut. If you have ever had the chance to see a blade pinched by reaction wood its something you will always remember.
For finish cuts I’ll use a sled or my mitre saw.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#7 posted 05-31-2008 03:00 PM

i mostly use the miter saw for my cuts. i am thinking of building a crosscut sled though as i can only cut 6” on my miter saw. if i had a bigger one though i would probably do my cuts on that because i find it easier especially for longer pieces.

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#8 posted 05-31-2008 03:37 PM

If I owned a first-class table saw, I would build a good crosscut sled for it, and purchase a good aftermarket miter guage as well.

In reality I have a small, cheap table saw. I do all my cross-cutting and miters on the miter saw. With a good blade I find I can make very accurate cuts.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 05-31-2008 04:36 PM

Thanks for the tips, I am going to get a 10’’ compound miter saw for on the job use and at home. I am also planning to upgrade my benchtop table saw in the coming year. since I done retire it. I can use my crosscutting handsaws for rough cutting boards and finish them up with a crosscut sled on the table saw.

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#10 posted 05-31-2008 04:47 PM

For most general cross cutting I now use a radial arm saw. Just bought it last winter. Before that I used a 10” sliding miter saw for boards less that 12” wide. For items wider than that, I use a shop made crosscut sled for 90 degree cuts. I rarely use the miter gauge on my TS.

-- Ben, Living the good life in Maine now (almost, just need to retire in 2 decades time)

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#11 posted 06-03-2008 07:32 AM

Radial arm Saw for long pieces, Tablesaw sled or mitre guage, OR occassionally the bandsaw OR handsaw. Sometimes the first think I put my hands on. For a neat finish it is hard to beat the table saw sled with a good crosscut blade.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 06-03-2008 11:55 AM

for narrow pieces i’ll use my miter gauge on my table saw. but for most pieces i use the crosscut sled.

-- Joey, Magee, Ms

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#13 posted 06-03-2008 07:03 PM

Sliding compound miter saw for rough dimensioning and then the table saw/miter gauge with an extension for the precision squaring.

I have a very small shop and sometimes the work is too long to be done on the table saw. In those cases, I double check the miter saw, add a sharp blade and make the cuts there.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#14 posted 06-03-2008 09:13 PM

All the above and with a few handsaws too; Japanese ryoba, Disston D8, L-N carcase, etc.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#15 posted 06-03-2008 10:30 PM

I use my RAS to cut to rough length before I do anything so my pieces are manegable. I do all finish work at the table saw, Miter guage or sled really depends on what I am cutting, All sheet goods is done entirely at the table saw. Hope this helps.

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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