New Crosscut Sled and 5 Cut Method - Can't Ask For More

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Project by Kurt T. Kneller posted 12-08-2015 03:58 AM 2279 views 3 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all,
I finally got around to build my crosscut sled. I have been wanting to build one for a while. This one will accept boards up to 20” wide and the sled is about 47 inches long. About 17” cut to the left of the blade and 30” to the right.
On the back of the rear fence I have t-track installed for right/left extension stops that I have to yet make. The front of the rear fence also has t-track for stops and holds downs. I have to make those also along with the safety guard on the back of the rear fence.

The base is 3/4” baltic birch plywood and has Rockler 24” miter bars. On my next sleds I think I will try the Incra bars. They can be attached from the bottom while the Rockler bars have to mounted from the top of the sled deck requiring counter bores for the fasteners. The front fence is 2 pieces of 1” X 6” African Mahogany, the rear is 3 pieces with an additional lamination for the hand guard. Everything got 3 coats of Arm R Seal Topcoat and the bottom was also waxed. Slides real nice and there is no side to side movement with in the miter slots. My outfeed table miter slots also serve and a sled stop.

I used the 5 cut method for squaring the rear fence. It took 4 tries to nail it. The last test showed 1.0415 top and 1.0415 bottom of the test piece. WOW! It was surprisingly easy and relatively fast to do. Gotta love that.

I have plans for a small parts sled and a panel sled. I’ll do those after the Christmas cutting boards are done.

Thanks for looking.

Merry Christmas!

-- Start with ten, end with ten.......

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#1 posted 12-08-2015 09:26 AM

Love the t-track idea. Looks very user friendly. Nice work.

-- Mike, Somewhere in Indiana with a splinter or two!

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