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Forum topic by lazyoakfarm posted 09-20-2012 11:04 PM 1895 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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lazyoakfarm

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09-20-2012 11:04 PM

I am really getting used to my Incra TS fence. Zero it, set it and cut it. Perfect every time.
I am trying to transition over from a sliding miter saw over to a table saw sled for cross cutting. I actually have not built the cross cut sled yet because I don’t know what features I want. I am so used to the accuracy of the Incra fence that I want the same accuracy for the sled. I can’t warp my head around having the finished product on the left side of the blade. Does it have to be? Is there a way to incorporate the fence so you don’t have to use an inaccurate tape measure and recut? Need advice, keeping in mind my lack of skill and design ability…


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lumberjoe

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#1 posted 09-21-2012 01:12 AM

take a look at some cross cut sled projects here. You’ll answer all your questions. Also you can have your finished piece on any side of the blade you want. Unlike with a mitre gauge, both the finished piece and the offcut stay against the fence on the sled. If you use a hold down clamp, just make sure your clamp and stop block are on the same side of the blade to avoid pinching.

This is what I use:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/68018

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HorizontalMike

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#2 posted 09-21-2012 01:24 AM

And with my SuperSled, I extended the fence to the left 38in for a larger capacity. I can make a 20.5in cut front to rear at 90*. Thinking about it now, I probably could have made it an easy 25in and got away with it. In other words, you can build to your own needs, or to a project’s needs. You can build more than one for different sized WWing. projects, etc.:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/57667

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lumberjoe

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#3 posted 09-21-2012 01:31 AM

I’m embarrassed to admit how many cross cut/dado sleds I have.

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HorizontalMike

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#4 posted 09-21-2012 01:39 AM

Funny you should mention dados, I have just ONE of the Dado “Jig” variety for a router. As a matter of fact I was using it today in the shop, working on a new Shaker chest of drawers. A very useful Jig and it does make things much more accurate with less effort.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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lazyoakfarm

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#5 posted 09-21-2012 02:31 PM

I like the super sled and putting an Incra scal track with a couple of flip stops should do it. Now I will look for a thin kerf blade. having different sizes is a real good idea. no need to push around a big sled when your doing a small project.

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lumberjoe

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#6 posted 09-21-2012 02:38 PM

Mike, I actually came across your webiste when looking for horizontal router tables. Your’s looks awesome. One question, is the sliding able 1 or 2 axis? It’s tough to tell from the pics

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PurpLev

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#7 posted 09-21-2012 02:53 PM

I ended up just getting an Incra-Express on top of which I can put my Incra miter guage and utilize the miter gauge protractor as well as the sliding fence and all of it’s features.

my plan was to get the miter express for it’s components (the extrusion in which the miter gauge fits) and then build a larger sled with these components. but the express as-is works so well, I ended up never pursuing “step 2” of the plan.

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lazyoakfarm

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#8 posted 09-21-2012 03:04 PM

I looked at the Incra Express on one point. didnt look big enough. I have the miter guage, so the cost is not that much. maybe its worth looking at again.

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ChuckC

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#9 posted 09-21-2012 03:35 PM

You can cut on either side of the blade. I put a tape measure on both sides for that reason. I just have to line up the stop block with the tape. You can check out mine here.

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Cosmicsniper

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#10 posted 09-21-2012 05:07 PM

Another Miter Express guy here. As far as capacity, it’ll cut up to 24” (IIRC) depending on how you configure it. At that point, I’m normally using the rip fence anyway unless it’s a really long board.

What I love most about the Incra, other than accuracy with the miter gauge, is that its size doesn’t take up a ton of room in the shop…which is in short supply for me.

BTW, if I never had purchased the miter gauge, I would have paid Mike to build one like his. :)

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HorizontalMike

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#11 posted 09-21-2012 08:15 PM

@lumberjoe: ”...Mike, I actually came across your webiste when looking for horizontal router tables. .... One question, is the sliding able 1 or 2 axis?...”

The two sliding tables in the front, are for X & Y axis (fore/aft and side-to-side). You can move the Z-axis (up/down) by lifting the router with the router cradle screw and then locking it down to hold the height.

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Woodbum

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#12 posted 09-21-2012 08:42 PM

Go to William Ng’s website for a great video about building a cross cut sled and setting the fence for accuracy. I have used this technique on three of my sleds and my panel sled is within .001” of square over 28”.

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SWM

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#13 posted 09-21-2012 08:50 PM

I think your original question was about the setup of the miter express from Incra?

The miter express can be reconfigured to slide on the right side of the blade as well. I have a left tilt table saw and a large extension table on the right side. The instructions tell you to basically just set everything up backwards. it took a little longer, but the jig board is pre-drilled.

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