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handystanley

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589 days ago

Considering making a cross cut sled for my table saw. So my question is…if you were to build one today…what features would you design into your build?

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA


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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 589 days ago

Flat & stable, fence square to blade, smooth sliding durable runners, blade exit block, multiple t-tracks for hold downs, stop blocks and accessories, plexi safety sheild. I would make at least two, one small and one for larger work pieces. Well, that is what I plan on doing in the not so distant future!!!

Good luck with your build.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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whitebeast88

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#2 posted 589 days ago

i agree with randy,my next one will hopefully have more features like t-tracks with hold downs and also plexiglass.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Holbs

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#3 posted 589 days ago

i took a good 2-3hours of looking thru lumberjock’s project and blog page, for cross cut sleds. so many great ideas out there. definitely, i would start there.

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Woodmaster1

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#4 posted 589 days ago

I agree with t-track for stop block and exit blade guard. I also put a stop block on the sled to keep it from going to far.

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 589 days ago

I love my Eagle Lake Super Sled design but if I built another I would route my hold down slots diagonal to the blade rather than parallel (with the closer ends towards the front of the sled). This will make it easier to clamp very short pieces to the sled for safe cutting.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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live4ever

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#6 posted 589 days ago

+1 to what gfadvm said.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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handystanley

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#7 posted 589 days ago

@gfadvm…if you would route the hold down slots diagonal would you do it at 45 degrees? Something else?

Printing out the instructions to the sled now. Thanks!!

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 589 days ago

I’d probably route them at 60 degrees with the front edge pretty close to the blade. But be careful you don’t cut into one of your holddowns!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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handystanley

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#9 posted 589 days ago

Thanks gfadvm! Much appreciated!

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#10 posted 589 days ago

I just finished one today for cutting some dadoes on long boards. Pretty basic, but I intend to add a few clamp on features.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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handystanley

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#11 posted 588 days ago

@Woodmaster1…couldn’t agree with you more!

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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HorizontalMike

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#12 posted 588 days ago

And make the sled with 3/4in plywood with hardwood fences for longevity.

Here’s mine: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/57667

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

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handystanley

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#13 posted 588 days ago

@HorizontalMike…thanks of the pictures that really helps. Would you cut your hold down slots at 60 degrees like gfadvm suggested?

-- "Projects beget projects and projects beget the need to buy new tools and that is what the cycle of life is all about." Stan Pearse, Novato, CA

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HorizontalMike

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#14 posted 588 days ago

OK, you are going to confuse me here… I moved the hold-down slots to 6in apart. If that comes up to 60 degrees, then that is what I did. Sorry to not be so specific, but all I remember is that I managed to get less, or around 20 degrees as my max/min number for my angled hold-downs. To tell the truth, Nearly all cuts are cross cut at 90* and it is a very rare event to cut otherwise. But then again, I am still relatively new, though not a rookie. All I can say is that I LOVE my sled!

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

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TeamTurpin

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#15 posted 588 days ago

This is a great discussion and a timely one. Such a sled is my very next project. I got a free set of plans with some magazine, but I wasn’t too impressed. The Super Sled is what I’ve been wanting all along.

-- http://www.teamturpin.org/house/shop.htm

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