Crosscut Sled

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Blog entry by David posted 01-22-2009 08:13 AM 15900 reads 31 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This video features a new crosscut sled built for my shop. Inspiration for this sled came form books in my library and countless Internet searches. This is a simple project for the shop that will increase safety, speed and accuracy of crosscuts on the table saw. Construction is simple with a MDF base, maple fences, Incra Miter Bars and T-Track. The plan file is available for download.

Hopefully this will inspire a sled for your shop!





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#1 posted 01-22-2009 12:12 PM

Nice video David. I like the sled – looks like a well designed and built. I particularly appreciate the simplicity of the rear fence adjustment mechanism. Thanks for sharing.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 01-22-2009 12:32 PM

really great. Excellent project

-- making sawdust....

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#3 posted 01-22-2009 02:47 PM

Thanks for the post, David. I have one of these on my to-do list but will wait until I upgrade my saw later on this year. But you can be sure I will “borrow” some of your ideas.

Thanks for the inspiration.

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

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#4 posted 01-22-2009 03:23 PM

Nice sled and nice video, David. It’s real similar to the one I have . Mine is 36×40.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 01-22-2009 03:26 PM

David, thanks for the post. Much better design than the mitre sled I made.

-- Ron,R.A.Shepard Woodworking,Massachusetts

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#6 posted 01-22-2009 03:40 PM

thanks for the post david , you do the best vids . thats a great sled . thx

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#7 posted 01-22-2009 03:44 PM

Nice sled. I like the adjustable fence with t-slot feature.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 01-22-2009 06:08 PM

Guys -

Thanks for the kind comments.

Thos. Angle – I would love a 36×40 sled! Perhaps in the near future . . .



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#9 posted 01-22-2009 06:35 PM


As always, your work is impressive!

Very nice.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 01-22-2009 09:02 PM

Good to see you again Dave.

This is a nice sled design.

I don’t have one here but I made one for my brother’s shop in Ohio. They are a nice tool to have.

It is amazing how much space they can take up when not in use!

Thanks for the hard work you put into videos. I know what this is like first-hand now and appreciate your efforts even more.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#11 posted 01-22-2009 09:08 PM

Nice job Dave.
Just one question though.
Why would one want an adjustable rear fence?
I had thought that once built, that it should pretty much stay at 90° ?


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#12 posted 01-22-2009 10:17 PM

Forgot to mention, it looks like you got a new dust collector. I love the 1 micron filtration canisters. They are much better than the bags no matter what rating.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#13 posted 01-23-2009 05:13 AM

Lee, Todd & Bob -

Always good to hear from you guys!

Bob, good question about the adjustable fence. I did a fair amount of research before committing on the final design. I think I got the adjustability concept from an article Gary Rogowski published in FWW. It made a lot of sense to me in terms of initial adjustment to square and subsequent adjustment if knocked out of square. Knowing that I am not the most graceful guy, I figured that would be a good feature in my shop. Hopefully it doesn’t get knocked around very much and always stays in square . . . but I do have an ace up my sleeve just in case!

Todd, the whole idea behind adding something bigger to my shop is to have a basis to lobby for MORE room from Beth (My Commander-In _Chief)!

Thanks guys!



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#14 posted 01-23-2009 05:17 AM

Hey David,
That’s probably a good way to go for guys like me who re adjusted his last fence 4 times before he got it to 90° any way . <g>


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#15 posted 01-23-2009 05:32 AM

Great project Dave – as always you did a fine job showing the sled and I love the features of the
adjustable rear fence. Wish I would of saw this before I built mine.

-- "Have you hugged your pet today?" ---------- Larry

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