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Forum topic by DKV posted 150 days ago 1150 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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150 days ago

If I have an accurate mitergauge why do I need a crosscut sled? Many times I’ve thought of building one but can’t find the justification to do so.

-- 2014 will be a different least for me it will.

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#1 posted 150 days ago

Make one for yourself. Then you will know. I have 3. One for 45 degs. frames and such. One for large stuff, and one for small things. Hardly ever use the miter gauge. Also have a bunch of other sleds. Same principle.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#2 posted 150 days ago

Maybe I’m missing something in your post or picture, but in my limited experience I would say this IS a crosscut sled. Any LJ veteran want to correct this rookie (me) or am I on the right track here??

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#3 posted 150 days ago

Last spring I was in my garage shop and didn’t think I needed one either, until I had a kick back that threw a piece of wood into my chest! It hit me so hard I thought I broke some ribs.
I went to my knees and stayed there for almost 2 min.
I was ok after that and 4 days later I had a black n blue mark all the way across my chest.
Now I use one for almost all my cuts.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#4 posted 150 days ago

I think a crosscut sled is smoother and more stable than a miter gauge. I always feel more in control with a sled than using the miter gauge. I suppose it is possible, but kickback seems almost impossible with a good sled.
@jtritz: That’s just a miter gauge with a auxiliary fence attached. I think a minimum definition of a sled would include the bottom piece.

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#5 posted 149 days ago

jtritz, I’ve always thought the way you do.

CharlesA, the only time I’ve ever had a kickback was when using a fence while ripping. I seldom use my miter saw to crosscut. I do admit most of my crosscuts are on boards no longer than 4’ and I’ve never crosscut a board wider than 12”. I think the odds of a kickback using a mitergauge are no worse than a sled. Am I seeing things wrong?

-- 2014 will be a different least for me it will.

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#6 posted 149 days ago

I also use my miter gauge to cross cut but find a sled is a better/more appropriate tool if the piece I’m cutting is longer than 36” & wider than 10”.less drag .

-- Ken from Ontario

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#7 posted 149 days ago

Not sure. The reason I mentioned kickback is that the wood on my sled seems so solid and secure—less,so,with miter gauge. It seems to me the wood could get out of line with the blade easier with the miter, but that’s just me.

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#8 posted 149 days ago

they are all brutal

like putting your favourite great grand parent on the longest tobogganing hill and making them walk back up pulling their own toboggan back up the hill

Festool, like a snow machine, makes life better

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#9 posted 149 days ago

Since it is winter, I’m going sledding….
I hope a sled is the “right” way to go….
Otherwise, the one I’m building would be “wrong”!!!

-- 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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#10 posted 149 days ago

Large pieces seem to work better on a sled (if it is a large sled) – either very wide or very long

Sleds can be built to limit travel such that the blade does not show up past the fence

For some reason, I find it easier to keep my hands farther away from the blade with a sled. I’m not sure why. All I know is I feel safer.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 149 days ago

And a sled provides an automatic zero clearance “insert” on both the bottom and back (exit) of the cut. Zero tearout.

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Rick M.

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#12 posted 149 days ago

People originally built sleds because most miter gauges were terrible and relatively small, if you are happy with yours then maybe you don’t need a sled. I have 2 sleds and prefer them for crosscutting, better control.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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#13 posted 149 days ago

I like sleds because you can place hold downs

where ever you want, or install t tracks and build

sliding hold downs, very versatile.

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#14 posted 149 days ago

I guess if I had to have one this would be the one.

-- 2014 will be a different least for me it will.

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#15 posted 149 days ago

This is the only miter gauge I’ve ever had that will take the pace for heavy work. I had to rework it a bit when I first bought it. A pin at the end locks in 90*.

-- Bill....... I listen very closely to the timber and then impose my will.

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