My 1st Crosscut Sled

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Blog series by Chris McDowell updated 10-09-2012 11:20 PM 3 parts 10064 reads 9 comments total

Part 1: Making the runners

09-30-2012 09:09 PM by Chris McDowell | 5 comments »

I realized early on after receiving my table saw that I would need a crosscut sled. The miter gauge was just too wobbly to be sure I was getting 90 degree cuts. My daughter had this bookshelf in her room that we replaced with some other furniture. Instead of trashing it, I decided that I could at least use it for something and decided on a crosscut sled. It’s made of particle board or something so I know I’m sinning a little bit, but it’s free and it’s all I ...

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Part 2: Making the fences

10-06-2012 03:34 AM by Chris McDowell | 2 comments »

My previous post was about making the runners. After they dried I ran both halves through the saw to square them to the blade. They came out pretty good. I just need to get some small screws to help secure the runners. Then I started working on the fences. I’m using all scrap wood, so I found the best piece I could for the rear fence and cut it out similar to what you usually see in a lot of pictures of crosscut sleds online. I basically just removed some bulk to make it ligh...

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Part 3: Putting it all together

10-09-2012 11:20 PM by Chris McDowell | 2 comments »

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 ...

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