Cross cut Sled for Tablesaw

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Project by Bullgoose posted 07-11-2009 06:36 PM 13778 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cross cut sled is made out of…you guessed it…fall-off quarter sawn white oak and MDF. I used a router to soften the edges, which makes it more ergonomic. The QSWO was a 4” x 4” piece that was full of knots, so it was perfect for this use. I have gotten some comments about using “furniture grade” lumber for my jigs! Well, I have read that quarter sawn lumber is less apt to be affected by changes in temperature and moisture and will remain “true” , so it makes for perfect jig material, if you have it laying around, of course!

Also, please note the slide-outs that I built for my saws. If I chose, I can pull them out and use the saws where they sit!

-- When I die I want to go like my grandfather did...peaceful, in his sleep...not screaming like the passengers in his car.

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#1 posted 07-11-2009 07:48 PM

If I had that thing I wouldn’t use it—it’s too pretty! Wouldn’t want it to get scratched up or anything. I just made one of these, not nearly as nice. Have you got a stop on it somewhere? I have a stop on the left underside of mine that prevents it from travelling too far forward, and a thick block of wood on the back side of the fence center. The stop prevents the blade from being exposed out the back side of the fence. The blade stops instead within the thick wood block, protecting forgetful hands. This is a safety feature I really appreciate since it seems like a good candidate for a surprise otherwise. Depends on your level of absentmindedness of course. Mine is scary high. :-)

-- Neil (so I don't have to remember to sign my name)

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#2 posted 07-11-2009 08:02 PM

Thanks! No, I don’t have a stop on mine; but thanks for the idea, because you can bet I’m going to install one!! The Stupid Stop on the back side of mine was my attempt to stop from doing something stupid. your idea is better!!

-- When I die I want to go like my grandfather did...peaceful, in his sleep...not screaming like the passengers in his car.

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John Stegall

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#3 posted 07-11-2009 11:18 PM

I am glad seeing someone else using the same saw I am. I own a cabinet saw (Unisaw) but I do not have 220 in my storage unit so this is what I bought to use in the mean time. I like it.
I also like your crosscut sled and will build one similar. I have some mesquite that is also known for its stability, so that is what I plan to use. As soon as the temperature in my “shop” (aka my patio) drops below 100, I might get to make something again.

-- jstegall

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#4 posted 07-11-2009 11:49 PM

Hey Bull
Looks like a winner .The slide outs are a great idea


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#5 posted 07-17-2009 12:06 AM

Good idea and nice job I need to make a new one myself.

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#6 posted 07-22-2009 06:02 AM

I can’t believe the seasonal growth between the rings on that wood…wow !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 09-24-2009 07:46 AM

I love my DW745. Great saw for the size and price. The crosscut sled I made for mine was much smaller, and can ride on either of the two miter grooves. I like the idea of having it on both sides of the blade, though… the cutoffs from my version kind of clunk down and sometimes get nicked. When you remove and reattach the saw’s normal fence, does it stay true to the blade/miter grooves, or does it need re-adjusting? I suppose you could just move the fence way to the right and still use a large sled like yours.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#8 posted 09-24-2009 09:39 PM

So far, so good…

-- When I die I want to go like my grandfather did...peaceful, in his sleep...not screaming like the passengers in his car.

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#9 posted 02-28-2010 11:58 PM

I would like to see some pictures of that storage rack that you have that saw stored in. The small portion that we can see is pretty cool. Would you care to show us more detail?

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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