cross cut sled from scraps and $4

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Project by drewpy posted 08-06-2015 02:42 PM 3068 views 11 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a cross cut sled to cut some box tops and bottoms more accurately and safely. I had been thinking about this for a long time but almost all the ones I looked at here and on other online sites incorporated t-track and other purchased items. I didn’t want to spend much on this because I am cheap and this is my first sled.

It’s made from about 8 different woods that have been sitting around for a long time. The base is MDF that I sealed with an oil poly and then waxed the bottom. I only had to purchase the t-nut, insert screw and a small washer for the stop block that is made out of Oak and carelessly stained.

The turn knob is made from scrap Walnut that was glued up, drilled with a forstner bit and then cut with the band saw. The wood knob was epoxied to a star knob with a 5/16-18 thread.

The bottom of the front fence was rounded over just enough to allow some dust there and not clog the fence. I saw this when looking at cross cut sleds but unfortunately I don’t remember who to give credit for this idea.

EDIT—I incorporated the sawdust groove idea from a project Klaus posted

I also saw some ideas on stops for sleds so I added a bolt to my tables side face but haven’t decided what to attach to the sled for the stop. I don’t have much sled surface to attach something that would be solid and I am cheap and don’t want to spend money on something metal.

On the right side I left a little shelf to hold my wooden tape measure and a couple of pencils because I always seem to set them in the most inconvenient places when I am ready to cut and struggle to retrieve them when needed again.

There are so many great sleds out there and the ideas are limitless. It’s not pretty but will fit my current needs and I learned a lot from it. Coming up with the stable stop block idea was fun.

Thanks for looking and if you have any questions let me know.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#1 posted 08-06-2015 03:47 PM

Nice sled. Spend a couple of dollars on something for your stop if you have to. Safety is worth it!!

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#2 posted 08-06-2015 08:55 PM

I really dig the adjustable stop.
Well done sir!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#3 posted 08-07-2015 12:13 AM

Good use of scraps for a vital sled for the shop. I like the adjustable stop also.

-- “Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal, and a good woman - or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle.” ― George Burns

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#4 posted 08-07-2015 01:14 AM

You made yourself a good basic sled that should give you good results .
I hope you squared up the fence with the five cut method and not with a framing square and called it good .
If you are wondering where the groove along the bottom of the fence came from here it is and a few other of my ideas like the pencil and tape measure holder .

I fully agree that you don’t need fancy T- track and hold downs and stops that all can be made from scraps around the shop very inexpensively .
Enjoy your new sled and add to it as you go .


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 08-07-2015 03:14 AM

Thanks Klaus and sorry I forgot where I saw the groove idea at. Love your sled BTW.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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