New table saw crosscut sled.

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Project by Sleff posted 04-27-2009 06:06 AM 6664 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok I cheated a little. This isn’t a “completely” finished project, but I wasn’t planning on adding any new pictures once its done.

I had needed a new sled for some time. I had an old one I built years ago out of sloppy offcuts and it just want cutting straight any more. (pretty much never cut straight)

I did figure out finally when I built this one that my table saw wasn’t perfectly fine tuned as it were. No matter what I did to adjust the runners or the back fence that it wouldn’t cut straight! So I took a long look at the saw itself and found:

- The blade assembly wasn’t square to the mouth opening,
- The blade itself was very minutely off of perfect 90 degrees. Turns out I needed to clean up the gunked up tilting assembly hehe.
- Also the saw wings were bowed up slightly kicking the sled out of whack when I went to cut my initial kerf. That’s why the kerf in the sled base is so wide. After shimming the wings and adjusting I wont make that same mistake on the “New and Improved Sled of Wood Destruction!” Coming later of course.

So after those adjustments done and some test cuts finished I can now add the thumb protection
block and give it a coat or two of finish.

-- -Sleff

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#1 posted 04-27-2009 07:41 AM

Good start plus a table saw tune up to boot. It’s worth the trouble when you need it.


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Don K.

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#2 posted 04-27-2009 07:42 AM

Thats a very nice looking sled. Thanks for sharing it. I need to make a new one myself. Been working in the shop the last few days remaking many of my old jigs and making some new ones. Sled is on the list.

-- Don S.E. OK

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 04-27-2009 01:33 PM

This is a nice sled, Sleff. I have one of these on my list as well. This one looks like it will be a nice addition to your shop.

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

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#4 posted 04-27-2009 03:09 PM

Nice touch on the sled fence. I just made my first cross cut sled and can’t believe I went so long without one. It sure makes accurate cross cuts much easier.


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#5 posted 04-30-2009 03:20 PM

Sweet Sleff. Nice to see you got your shop up and running again. A fine sled you built also.

-- A man who moves mountains starts one stone at a time.

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#6 posted 06-25-2009 10:28 PM

A very stylish sled. Good job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#7 posted 06-25-2009 10:34 PM

I like the nice sled but I would also like a guard on that motor and belt arrangement it looks scary to me I hope there’s no kids or animals around LOLAlistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#8 posted 06-29-2009 06:18 PM

Nice! I’m working on one myself sort of a John Nixon model with a few changes of my own. i look forward to your finished sled!

-- SAEPE EXPERTUS, SEMPER FIDELIS, FRATRES AETERNI - "Often Tested, Always Faithful, Brothers Forever"

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#9 posted 10-26-2009 10:42 PM

Beautiful looking sled! Good job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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