Festool stuff #7: CMS cross cut sled fast mount, easy to use.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 11-21-2020 01:23 PM 1520 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Festool CMS cross cut sled
fast mount, easy to use.

Here a little idea I got the other day, to make my latest cross cut sled for the Festool CMS table more easy to use. Normally it was screwed in place, with two wing nuts, to secure the sled to the fence, but it meant that I found it time consuming to take it on and off, what lead to often not using it…

So I came up with this little mount, that simply clicks in place and where I don’t need to fine adjust the fence to fit to the screws.

I have not made a blog on the cross cut sled, as this is quite basic and you will be able to find plenty of build plans for that, but I will go through it.

Here the sled, mounted on the CMS table, before I made the new mount.
A quite basic sled, that helps me prevent tear out, due to the fact, that the CMS has no zero clearance plate insert.
I have tried to keep it as light weight as possible, to make it easy to take on and off, but in my next version, I will keep the right side straight, so I can get a full runner there on the underside.

The construction is quite simple, a base plate, two fences and a runner, that runs in the groove between the CMS and the long arm for the CMS sled, but it would be even more accurate, if it got a runner on the right side also, following the edge of the table, on this one, it just have a small one at the end of the pointed corner.
The runner is made from IKEA cutting board.

Always happy when I get to the shop and find a letter from my daughter.
She writes.
Hey, passed buy with a school friend on a walk, he is a huge fan. Kisses Mathilde.

Back to the sled, here on the table, with simple C-clamp fence stop and held with wing nuts.
The red half circles are just for safety, to remind me where the blade goes and keep my fingers on each side.

This is the thing we will be making, a mount that simply fits into the T-track on top of the CMS fence.

Let’s make the fast mount.
A piece of wood, here plywood gets a rabbet, that correspond to the one on the fence.

Like so.

Hardwood cut to size, made to fit into the rabbet and deep enough, to get well into the T-track.

Make sure you get a tight fit.

Do you get the picture?

We have a mount.

The hardwood is a wee lover, so when it’s mounted in the rabbet, it will not touch the bottom of the T-track.

Cut to length.

Using the sled – smiles.

Now the mount can be attached to the fence.

Just screws.

Here we have it in place.


Finally in place.

Ready to cut some wood and to be taken on and off in a second, I can already see, that I use it more, due to the fact, that it’s not a screw on unit now.
(I must be lazy…).

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or a sled, now winter is up…
(MaFe, you got such a terrible sense of humour).

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 11-21-2020 01:54 PM

Pretty cool, as usual. That is a slick design.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 11-21-2020 04:03 PM

Not sure why but the photos only show up in the notification of the post in my email but not the actual LJ blog.

Nice work Mads as always

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#3 posted 11-21-2020 05:49 PM

I wish I had your ability to design.

Super sled!

I’m also still having difficulty seeing the images in the body of your blogs- using Chrome. They show up in other browsers, including the new Edge browser.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 11-21-2020 08:06 PM

I am getting no pics. Any Ideas?


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

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#5 posted 11-21-2020 08:16 PM

Having the same issue.

I am getting no pics. Any Ideas?


- madts

-- Mike - Brunswick, ME

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#6 posted 11-21-2020 09:38 PM

Hi guys,
Don’t understand the picture thing…, it works perfect here in Edge. Firefox and on my Samsung mobile phone.
I have written to Cricket again, to see if LJ can fix the problem.
Never had a problem before, doing things the way I have always done.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#7 posted 11-22-2020 04:17 PM

Testing Images

Can everyone see this image?

-- Community Manager

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#8 posted 11-22-2020 10:57 PM

Het! Cricket brought lunch! :D

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#9 posted 11-23-2020 01:54 PM

Yes, the image of the delicious looking meat can be seen. Now let me just wipe the drool off my keyboard!

-- Doug

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#10 posted 11-23-2020 02:18 PM

Yes the test picture is visible with chrome.

As far as I can tell, I have had no problem with post from other people.
Although some people seem to publish post without picture. Most of the time somebody ask for pictures to understand what it is about.

But here, we are sure there should be pictures. as we can see them with another browser.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#11 posted 11-23-2020 03:53 PM

Very nice buddy, hope all is well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 11-24-2020 09:13 PM

Yes image is perfect Cricket, I’m hungry now.
Can you guys who have problems viewing, see this picture of a cross cut sled here:

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#13 posted 11-24-2020 09:17 PM

Do you see a workmate here if you don’t see the others:

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#14 posted 11-25-2020 01:32 AM

Cricket, I can see that my browser says it’s a not safe connection, when I see my blog, where other blogs don’t say that… So I can suspect, that it has something to do with the fact that I store my pictures in the cloud and put them as links, instead of uploading them. This has not been a problem before, so strange why it starts to do that.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#15 posted 11-26-2020 04:28 PM

Dear Mads,

this is Jasper from Germany, well north Germany (det mange nord at jeg laerte lidt dansk i skole) speaking. I hope that made at least a little sense in any way ;)
I came across this wonderful site years ago and always come back mainly because of you and the lovely work you share.
This is my very first post here and I really should write some kind words about how inspiring, entertaining and stunning your blog posts are, what a big treasure this community is and how amazed I still am about how many nice individual just share their knowledge and experience here just from joy.

But the real reason I am writing is that I might be able to help with the picture issue:
You implement image sources from a non SSL/TLS encrypted source (your private homepage) to an encrypted site ( I am not a real pro in this topic but I assume that this could be considered to be some kind of “security issue” and some Browsers would be more uptight about this than others.

Best wishes and regards,

EDIT: Cricket’s image in comparison, is hosted by amazon/AWS and encrypted. Web encryption by the way is always a good idea and certificates don’t have to cost money:
Maybe your webspace provider offers it without any hassle?

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