Crosscut Sled

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Project by beaudex posted 02-03-2010 05:02 PM 4232 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a crosscut sled I built about a year ago, I got the original idea from one of the FWW magazines. I attempted to modify it as you can see. If I recall the original plan called for 1/2 inch baltic birch for the base which at the time I did not have so I tried using 3/4 inch oak I had kicking around. The odd shape was to try to lessen the weight of the jig as it is insanely heavy and frankly I am getting older. Also, I wanted to support the largest panel I could hence the middle ‘blob’. In retrospect I would change it only slightly, I would add more holes (which I still may as I get older) and the jig occasionally catches on the edge of the table when I reach the ‘hill shaped protrusion’ on the far right of the jig.

I used the aluminum mostly to see what it was like to work with. In fact I have never once used the channel I added but its there anyway. The rear brace is hard maple, the wooden part of the fence is Cedar (weight and scrap) I shimmed the cedar/aluminum fence to be square using card stock. The handle is a hardwood dowel which I pinned with a smaller dowel (not shown in pictures) and I would highly recommend the handle as it makes crosscutting so nice.

Thanks for looking!

-- Derek Tay, Venerate the Tree Design

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#1 posted 02-03-2010 05:42 PM

Very nice looking sled, in fact too beautiful.

Most woodworker would make beautiful shop furniture while keeping the ease of use & functionality at the utmost importance,.(except commissioned ones if so required). People not in the woodworking world would question why we need to build beautiful workbench from beautiful wood or a chisel box from spalted maple with piano like finiish, or Tool cabinet with trim moldings. If I were asked that question, my anwer is first satisfaction and second that is how I practice/learn doing/making new things.
Sorry Derek, maybe I got carried away and you might have your own reason(s).

Thanks for sharing.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 02-03-2010 05:48 PM

Hey Derek
A interesting sled ,looks like a work of art.

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#3 posted 02-03-2010 06:12 PM

It sure is a thing of beauty, but I guess I’m dense. It doesn’t look like what I think of as a crosscut sled, and I can’t figure out how it works. :-)

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

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#4 posted 02-03-2010 06:45 PM

Honestly this is not a thing of beauty, The shape and the holes are only there to make it lighter and still support the panels. I very much appreciate your comments, Thanks.

-- Derek Tay, Venerate the Tree Design

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#5 posted 02-03-2010 07:24 PM

Hey Derek,

I actually like the concept of your “Blob”, I believe I will use a variation of it on my sled.

Thank you for sharing and the inspiration..

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#6 posted 02-03-2010 08:54 PM

nice – which FWW mag did you see that one in?

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#7 posted 02-03-2010 09:43 PM

Great job on the sled



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#8 posted 02-03-2010 10:01 PM

i thought it was a sleigh not a sled, nice job

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#9 posted 02-04-2010 02:36 PM

Ken_c I am not near my collection at the moment but it was a recent one so in the last 2 years. If you need more specifics let me know and I will check when I get back to the shop.

-- Derek Tay, Venerate the Tree Design

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#10 posted 02-04-2010 09:34 PM

This looks really nice. Good work!

-- Russ

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#11 posted 02-04-2010 09:46 PM

great looking sled… hope you get a lot of use out of it…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#12 posted 02-10-2011 12:31 AM

strange looking sled, but i can see your point.
very well done

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#13 posted 07-07-2011 04:07 AM

Unique design and well made : )
What brand / model of saw do you use it on ?

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

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