Sliding table attachment/BIG cross cut sled FINISHED!

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Project by childress posted 11-13-2009 08:34 AM 16961 views 32 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this idea started about 2 months ago and you can see the beginning of it in this blog. After spending lots of time in thought and going through one trial of trying to make the fence work, I came across Rockler’s sure-loc miter guage. I was a little skeptical of it (or anything) working because of how far the slider is away from the blade. Well, all I gotta say is, wow. This thing is really cool. I’m am amazed at how well this works and am extremely happy with Rocker’s guage. I did have to add one of thier miter slot hardware to lock the fence in sturdy. Without it, I simply had too much flex which caused and un-square cut.

It took about an hour or two to get all the bugs worked out. Now, I have no problem crosscutting long sheet goods. I have safely cut a 24” X 96” panel up for cabinet parts with no problems. As you can see, If I need to use the saw for ripping materials, I can turn the fence out of the way, or simply take it off.

My next step, is to rout a slot in the fence for the miter slot hardware, so when I need to cut an angle, the “locker” will slide in the slot as the fence turns, and then I can “lock” it in.

Thoughts welcome

-- Childress Woodworks

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#1 posted 11-13-2009 08:56 AM

Wow thar’s some sled good job

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#2 posted 11-13-2009 09:11 AM

Sweet sled Childress…nice job.

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#3 posted 11-13-2009 09:30 AM

That is one good looking sled. What material did you use to make it? Good job.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#4 posted 11-13-2009 12:39 PM

Very nice. That is a great addition to the shop. Well done and thanks for posting.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#5 posted 11-13-2009 12:43 PM

Well, my first thought is; what a remarkable sled. I love shop made accessories and this one is no exception.

For whatever it’s worth I’ll tell how mine is set up. I have an inexpensive combi machine. The table saw has a rail mounted parallel with the blade running the full length of the saw cabinet from front to back. I have a smallish table that mounts onto the rail, and when mounted it is level with the saw top. A miter gauge mounts onto the table and has a clamp to secure work pieces. One thing I like about it is that the sliding table is easily removable, so I just hang it on the wall when it’s not in use. This is not a brag or “mine is best” comment. I just thought that since you are into this, that you might be interested in other configurations. There’s a picture of the saw with the sliding table in my work shop pictures on my home page if you want to see it, but the sliding table isn’t mounted in the pic. I can take a photo of it mounted if you are interested in seeing the whole thing together.

I think your project will encourage a lot of others to make similar arrangements for their saws, and from my own experience with a slider, I believe it would be well worth the time to make an arrangement like yours or something similar.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 11-13-2009 01:34 PM

Great looking idea.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 11-13-2009 02:34 PM

That’s is great, really great.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 11-13-2009 03:50 PM

I think we have all been in situations where this would have been extremely useful.

Great job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 11-13-2009 04:16 PM

Nice idea!

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#10 posted 11-13-2009 04:43 PM

Very nice!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 11-13-2009 05:20 PM

What a great idea! I can see a lot of thought went into this.

-- Simon, Danville, IL

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#12 posted 11-13-2009 05:33 PM

Incredible project : )

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

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#13 posted 11-13-2009 05:38 PM

Excellent design
It looks very well built too.



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#14 posted 11-13-2009 06:16 PM

Nice, that might be overkill for a box maker though. LOL

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#15 posted 11-13-2009 06:20 PM

Great idea, I may have to borrow the consept from you, would love to have one of these on my saw. Have you considerd submiting it to ShopNotes? Thanks for the post.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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