My 1st Crosscut Sled #3: Putting it all together

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Blog entry by Chris McDowell posted 10-09-2012 11:20 PM 1497 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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First, I put some 1” screws into the front fence to help keep the two halves together. Those smaller holes are the shelf pin holes that were part of the bookshelf I made this sled from.

I then started attaching the rear fence. I put a few 2.5” screws from underneath.

Then I put some 5/8” screws into the runners from underneath.

When I started setting up to put the front fence up I realized that it was so tall I wouldn’t be able to reach the stock I was trying to cut to hold it in place. That’s when I figured out why people trim both ends of the fences for their sleds. I thought it was just decorative before. So I took the jigsaw out and cut it the same as the rear.

That was much better and it looks better too.

I bought a square the other day for the sole purpose of the next step – aligning the fence to the blade.

I used more 2.5” screws for this fence as well.

I decided to add some danish oil at least to add a little color the rear fence.

Then I ran it through the blade. It turned out pretty well for my purposes until I can afford to build one with all real wood. I’m happy with it.

I do plan on adding a blade guard, but I just need to figure out how to go about it.

Thanks for reading.

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#1 posted 10-09-2012 11:35 PM

here’s one

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#2 posted 10-10-2012 12:41 AM

Ah, thanks. The ones I’ve seen are usually just a box around where the blade comes through. I kinda like this idea though, just a single piece of wood painted red – easy enough. Thanks again!

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