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lateralus819

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02-02-2014 02:56 AM

Was looking for some opinions on a good size of a crosscut sled. I scored some free A quality birch ply at work. I have a bunch of random pieces, and was curious if what i have will work.


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Pezking7p

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#1 posted 02-02-2014 03:15 AM

I made mine so I can crosscut up to 24” and 28” wide. So far I’m very happy with this size. Only thing I would change is to use beefier stock for the end pieces, at least 1.5” thick.

-- -Dan

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#2 posted 02-02-2014 03:39 AM

I can crosscut up to about 20 inches with mine. The bigger, the clumsier it is.
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#3 posted 02-02-2014 04:56 AM

It all depends upon what your needs are.

I’m in the process of building my first CC-sled, a small one.
The sled will be 24” wide(L to R) by 15” deep (F to B).
It will handle about a 10” width (CC) & length yet TBD (30”+ ?)....
I’ll build another to handle panels & bigger, if needed.

No need to have a HUGE sled for a 5” x 18” piece….

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

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LakeLover

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#4 posted 02-02-2014 12:59 PM

I have about 3 sizes. One is dedicated to 45 cuts.

Oops. 4 one is dedicated to make feathers on mitered joints.

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Nubsnstubs

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#5 posted 02-02-2014 01:56 PM

make your sled the size of your saw table. if you need to cut something longer, make an extenstion stop that can be held by screws on the the bed of the sled or clamped to the fence board. Use screws to make up those micro adjustments on the length of your cut…..... Jerry (in Tucson)

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#6 posted 02-02-2014 02:07 PM

Mine will crosscut pieces as large as 24 wide and 30 long. It doesn’t look very fancy but it is accurate. I use it on my PM2000 table saw and it works very well.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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lateralus819

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#7 posted 02-02-2014 02:09 PM

Thanks for the help guys. I currently have a CMS. Was interested in trying a crosscut sled to see if i could do without it.

I’ll probably need to invest in a decent crosscut blade i imagine. I only have a 24t freud.

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#8 posted 02-02-2014 02:49 PM

You can make them any size you want. Personally I think the smaller ones are really handy for cutting small parts.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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