cross-cut sled

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Project by Robsshop posted 04-05-2010 08:38 AM 75752 views 279 times favorited 66 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK, You are on a deserted Island with a table saw of your choice(long extension cord) and enough material to make one fixture/jig of your choosing ! What do You do? My choice has to be a cross-cut sled. I have researched and built several types and sizes over the years, but to date, this one is My favorite! The base is constructed of 1/2” MDF and uses aluminum adjustable runners. The front miter rail is made up of hard maple/birch ply laminated together and the back rail is poplar fashioned with hand grips for easier on/off transporting. Both rails are fitted with aluminum tracks to add reinforcement and for various features such as a removable/adjustable Lexon shield covering the full length of cut. Also for safety,are the finger guards made of BLOODWOOD (pun intended)! One of My favorite features on this sled is the use of MAG BLOCKS in tandem with a metal strip inlaid down the right side of blades cut. I installed a self stick measuring tape allowing me 20” of quick, accurate and safe stop block capabilities, quick and repeatable cuts every time! I also have made different fixtures that are anchored down to the base with the Mag Blocks(#6 pic) that comes in handy as well ! In the 2cd to last pic You can see My adjustable side extension support rail that I designed into the front TS fence tube and I use it when cutting longer boards. It also comes in handy with cutting sheet goods as it can be adjusted to any length up to approx. 48+ inchs. Well that’s pretty much it, If You don’t have a Sled do your self a favor and take the plunge, it is well worth it IMO ! Thanks for taking a look and be safe!.......ROB

Also for those interested in the side extension support I put together a blog with the details .

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#1 posted 04-05-2010 09:14 AM

NICE ! ! . . .Very Nice ! . . . . . And welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA. [email protected]

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#2 posted 04-05-2010 10:56 AM

I like it alot, where do you find those mag blocks.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#3 posted 04-05-2010 11:35 AM

Real nice..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#4 posted 04-05-2010 11:46 AM

I like this a lot! Welcome to LJs’, you’ll love it here

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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#5 posted 04-05-2010 12:28 PM


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#6 posted 04-05-2010 01:23 PM

Well done!.Thanks for the pics.

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#7 posted 04-05-2010 01:29 PM

Hello Rob,

That’s a very nice and beautiful made cross-cut sled, my compliments.
Thanks for showing.

Greetings Schummie.

-- Greetings from the Netherlands.

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#8 posted 04-05-2010 01:37 PM

I like the sled but the extension off the table saw rocks, now that’s has me thinking.

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#9 posted 04-05-2010 02:06 PM

Great work, so many cool features I had to look at it a few times. The side runner along with the cut outs for your hand are nice touches.

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

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#10 posted 04-05-2010 02:41 PM

sweet sled, welcome to lumberjocks!!

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#11 posted 04-05-2010 03:37 PM

great job very cool I gotta make one of those soon

-- Harry, Jackson Mi

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#12 posted 04-05-2010 04:07 PM

Real nice! I just got done fine tuning my new table saw this weekend, now I may have to build one of these. :-)

-- Marc,

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#13 posted 04-05-2010 04:17 PM

Well, this is the nicest crosscut sled I ever seen. Great job, great finish, fancy details (shaped handle cut outs and delicate curves). And I love your extension bar support on the left side.

Welcome to LJs!



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#14 posted 04-05-2010 04:27 PM

Good-looking sled!



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#15 posted 04-05-2010 04:30 PM

That is one nice sled. I love the features. My sled has been humbled. I really like the stop block feature.

-- AJJ, Eugene OR

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