Cross cut sled

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Project by Chase posted 03-12-2010 08:35 PM 3591 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cross cut sled I have been working with for a little bit, and might actually be finished modifying. Both fences are squared to the blade by using a method I first saw on Hawgnutz’s project list.

A single temporary stop was added on the left side after a number of uses, and when I realized the benefits of stops on a sled like this I added a more permanent set using stock aluminum. If I were to do it all over again i would make the far fence long enough to incorporate the stops better. Havent finished it yet because I am always adding on and trying new things. First time doing all of this, so a lot of learning is occurring. I will probably give it a coating of BLO when I decide to stop making changes.

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Rick Dennington

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#1 posted 03-12-2010 09:26 PM

Greetings Chase: Stellar job on the ccs. Looks like it should do the trick. One thing you might want to consider is building a couple of more of diffrent sizes and widths. I have 4 ccs, and 1 dado sled. My ccs range from about 16” (width of cut), up to about 40”. All have Ttracks with stops, and all are range from 24”—40” in length to use with different size panels. I also have 2 panel cutters of different widths and lengths. You will find as you go along that “one size doesn’t fit all”....... lol. But I have a big t.s. and plenty of outfeed table as well, so you have to make due with what you have to work with….. just a few thoughts to ponder on in the future…... keep on keeping on, and yes——wood is good…..... later.

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#2 posted 03-13-2010 05:39 AM

good job chase, i have built two cc sleds. The second i built was much more fancy than the first because useing the first one gave me ideas on how to do the second one. Out of all of my projects my cc sled gets used the most.(with almost everything i do) This will serve you well.

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#3 posted 03-13-2010 05:54 AM

I made a simpler one of these a while back. It gets used almost as much as the TS fence. Looks really good.

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#4 posted 03-16-2010 08:13 AM

nice looking jig.. very useful to have…

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#5 posted 04-27-2010 06:45 PM

Very nice, I’ve got to make one of these!

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#6 posted 08-22-2011 03:30 AM

Looks nice. That’s the same saw I have. My first ccs was smaller, and I only squared the rear fence since that’s the only one I expect to use as a fence. The front fence just holds the base together if the rear fence is removed.
I figured it was a first try so start small, but here’s the key question: To what reference should the ccs fence be made?
1. Perpendicular to the existing miter slot? (assuming the blade is parallel to the miter slot)
2. Perpendicular to the fence on the saw table? (assuming the blade is parallel to the saw fence)
3. Perpendicular to the blade? (most people do it this way, but this assumes the blade is parallel to BOTH the miter slot AND the saw fence.
Bottom line: If your table is not all true to begin with, a ccs made perpendicular to the blade could end up being out of whack.
BTW, I’ve had to fuss with the fence on the Ridgid saw because it tends to shift out of true when you tighten it.

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