Crosscut sled

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Project by Orla posted 02-11-2018 05:42 PM 20729 views 31 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My crosscut sled inspired by Nick Ferry and James Hamilton. A little of both plus my own touches. Runners 24” incra. Inserts 1/4 MDF body 3/4 Baltic birch. The fences are just BB laminated and of course the t track from Kreg. Let me know what you guys think. Its my first post here.

-- Work safe!

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#1 posted 02-11-2018 06:56 PM

very nice sled ….Welcome 2 LJ’s :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#2 posted 02-11-2018 07:11 PM

Thanks a million man!

-- Work safe!

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#3 posted 02-11-2018 07:31 PM

Welcome, great looking sled.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 02-11-2018 08:38 PM

Looks good, certainly big enough.

Welcome to LJ’s!

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#5 posted 02-11-2018 08:43 PM

Yes it is! 27×40…its a great size for my applications. I’m planning in making jigs that are accessories to the sled as it pretty much lives on my saw.

-- Work safe!

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#6 posted 02-11-2018 10:04 PM

This is a great looking sled.

-- Gary, Florida

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#7 posted 02-11-2018 10:29 PM

yes sir, quite a sled. I would have to start going back to the gym

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#8 posted 02-11-2018 11:16 PM

Great sled. I like the hand holds. I think I will add some to my sled.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#9 posted 02-11-2018 11:32 PM

Thanks the holes were actually an after thought. Seen it done before on many sleds and it does really make it easy to handle. Was thinking about adding 2 holes near the back fence to hang it up on the wall using a homemade plate with dowels as hooks.

-- Work safe!

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#10 posted 02-11-2018 11:43 PM

I have not ever made any shop fixtures that resembled fine furniture – but you sure did!
Wow, pretty.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#11 posted 02-12-2018 12:08 AM

This looks great but why does it need mdf inserts? I’m going to build my own so trying to get it figured out.

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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#12 posted 02-12-2018 12:20 AM

The mdf inserts can be pulled out and replaced or interchanged depending on what blades you use. Could be dado stack blades or thin kerf blades. Also over use the zero clearance tends to widen out…not that the zero clearence is the big benefit but using the slot cut by the blade to line up work becomes less accurate over time. The inserts are not at all needed….they just add a little longevity to the sled and make it more diverse as you can swap out blades and keep the inserts that go with that particular blade. Thanks so much for the comments.

-- Work safe!

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#13 posted 02-12-2018 01:32 AM

Very nice! – a couple ideas here that I would like to add to mine . Another feature I plan on adding is a hole for a pencil.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 02-12-2018 01:54 AM

That looks really good. How do you find the accuracy of the cuts?

Did you have to fine tune the back fence using the 5 cut method?

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#15 posted 02-12-2018 02:22 AM

I did use the 5 cut method. 4 run throughs and got it to 3 thou of an inch over 77 inches…I was more than happy with it. I had a lot of fun making this sled. Was a second attempt as I just got a new saw. Well new to me anyways.

-- Work safe!

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