The Meisenzahl custom crosscut sled

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Project by Xtreme90 posted 02-21-2015 03:56 AM 8821 views 25 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest project I’m working on is a 184 drawer chest. The sides of the chest are approx 82” long and 12” wide. A series of dadoes needed to be crosscut along the 12” width and aprox 3” apart down the whole 82” length. All these dadoes needed to be done right and with precision. I didn’t like the thought of trying to use the router for all this dado work and especially being the sides are plywood. With all the tooling I have a cross cut sled was due.

So me and my dad built this crosscut sled together. The sled is 3’x6’ with a extra12” support pad on the right side. The main tracks that guide the beast on the saw are precision ground steel. Custom fit in my table saw slots the sled has absolutely NO play and rides like glass. The front and back fences are layered up 3/4” plywood glued 90 degrees from one another which created a beam like structure.. Stays flat and doesn’t warp/move. All fastners are bolts with threaded inserts to allow ease of adjustment for an always exact 90 degree cut. Or to just simply take it apart when not in use cause it’s honestly a huge sled. The main base is 3/4 mdf with 2 coats of floor finish on everything so it locks out most humidity/moitisure changes. Many t-tracks for locking your work down to the sled and for multiple other add ons. I went with woodpeckers t-track quick hold downs. Not cheap but well worth it, they have a rubber pad on each foot that keeps anything from sliding around and doesn’t damage your work piece.

Overall The sled works like a dream and cuts with perfection. I’m adding a zero clearance insert that’s designed to be used for single kerf blade or all dado widths. patience with woodworking always pays off but even more so it was fun to build with my father and always think of that when I use it.

-- "I don't cut wood. I machine it!" G.M. The wood machinest

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#1 posted 02-21-2015 05:39 AM

This just has to be the most Extreme table saw sled I have ever seen. Wow, 184 drawers – that is definitely going to be a challenge. Be sure and keep us posted on your progress.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 02-21-2015 06:38 AM

Definitely a serious sled!! ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 02-21-2015 07:14 AM

Wow! Nice work.

Can’t wait to see the miter sled. :)

-- Brad, Texas,

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#4 posted 02-21-2015 03:00 PM

I agree with Northwest. That’s wins best sled ever in my book.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#5 posted 02-21-2015 03:02 PM

That is the “Grand daddy” of all sleds. Can’t wait to see the projects that come off it.

-- "I've still got things left to do." – Walter White

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#6 posted 02-21-2015 03:47 PM

This looks very good. Well done. I have seen many sleds on L J but not as big as this one. Didn,t you consider a panel saw wish sliding table?


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#7 posted 02-21-2015 05:51 PM

Nice work….

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#8 posted 02-21-2015 08:32 PM

This is what a crosscut sled on steroids looks like!
gotta post the chest with all the drawers in it when you’re done too

-- Greg Simon

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#9 posted 02-22-2015 03:28 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. nice to hear coming from all sorts of craftsman around the world. :-)

I will keep you all posted on the chest and projects coming off this beast.

Dutchy.. I have thought of a sliding panel saw or even a sliding panel extension for the left side of my table saw. just price and room is mainly what led me to design a crosscut sled for now. :-)

-- "I don't cut wood. I machine it!" G.M. The wood machinest

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#10 posted 02-22-2015 07:00 AM

This sled is appropriate for the table saw. Grizzly labels this saw as their “12 inch Extreme Table Saw.” This sled is most definitely extreme!

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#11 posted 02-23-2015 05:27 PM

Wow, that is a monster! (In the very best way)

-- -- Tyson

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#12 posted 02-23-2015 09:22 PM

I’ve seen cross cut sleds before but this one takes the cake!! Nice job. BTW how much does it weigh?

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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#13 posted 02-24-2015 01:51 AM

Thanks again everyone. :-)

dbw. I would have to guess It weighs around 40-45lbs. I Would like to scale it next time I have it apart to see what it weighs exactly. Kinda curious about that too.

Deff need a solid saw underneath this size sled.. It’s more like a cross cut table. Lol

-- "I don't cut wood. I machine it!" G.M. The wood machinest

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#14 posted 09-08-2015 10:34 PM

Agreed, that’s an insane sled/table/bench!

Where did you get those sweet adjustable hold-downs? I like that notch design.

-- ||| Mr.Atlantis |||

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#15 posted 03-03-2016 12:48 PM

dang you can crosscut a Subaru with that monster

-- vonfalken

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