Mini Crosscut Sled with Internal Guide

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Project by blockhead posted 09-01-2010 01:24 AM 12538 views 56 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to make a crosscut sled for quite some time and finally got around to it. I found this particular design with the internal guide fence in a book by Jim Tolpin called Table Saw Magic. If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend it. He has lots of tips and tricks including cutting circles on the TS. I also want to thank Todd for his input and pointing me in the right direction.

The sled is about 24” x 18”. It’s made from leftover ply and oak. I bought the 48” track on clearance from Woodworkers Supply for $6.99. The adjustable internal guide is a really nice addition that I’m sure I will get plenty of use from. The sled in the book has removable inserts for using with dado blades which I plan to add in the future, but I shouldn’t need for sometime. It’s nice to finally get this one checked off the list.

Thanks for looking.

-- 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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#1 posted 09-01-2010 01:31 AM

nice addition there brad

it will make a big difference in your work ,

and you have a sled ,
just in time for winter , LOL !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 09-01-2010 01:39 AM

What a great looking jig… I love the hold downs and the adjustable inner fence… also the blade is contained inside the sled instead of coming through the back fence like on many others…

-- Be safe.

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#3 posted 09-01-2010 02:54 AM

Nice TS sled, into my fav’s it went, now on my list.

-- Smitty

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#4 posted 09-01-2010 02:57 AM

nicely done – you’ll probably notice that all cross cuts now you’ll opt to use the sled. it makes things so much easier and precise

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 09-01-2010 03:06 AM

Heh, your sled is bigger than the table on my little cheapie saw. I’m working on ways to use it for precision work, but I expect that I’ll end up machining a top that’s worth more than the saw by the time I’m done.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#6 posted 09-01-2010 03:13 AM

A great looking TS jig. Nice design with the hold downs and adjustable fence. Well done.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#7 posted 09-01-2010 03:21 AM

Thank you all for the comments!

Yes David, just in time. lol

Larry- I like the fact that I can keep the blade contained when I need too.

Sharon- I used it yesterday to crosscut some ply for a taper jig I’m working on and it is SO much better.

Atom- Good luck with the TS. When you get it done, a blog would be cool!

Thanks again everyone!

-- 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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#8 posted 09-01-2010 03:39 AM

Nice one, Brad. You’ll find yourself using this a lot.

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

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#9 posted 09-01-2010 03:54 AM

I am liking this design, nice job!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#10 posted 09-01-2010 04:18 AM

Brad, Great looking sled. This has been on my todo list for quite some time. I may have to borrow that book again from the library, really liek the design and might work better for my small table saw.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#11 posted 09-01-2010 08:58 PM

Nice sled Brad! Now, if I can just find the time to replace my makeshift one with one more proper…

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#12 posted 09-02-2010 08:24 AM

nice work on your sled… one of my future projects if I ever stay home long enough to play in the shop again…

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

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#13 posted 09-02-2010 02:19 PM

Thank you all.

Chris, Div, Wisty- If you’re anything like me, once you have it built and use it a couple of times, you’ll wonder why it took you so long to make one. lol

-- 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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#14 posted 09-02-2010 05:14 PM

Great sled! Like it!

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

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#15 posted 09-04-2010 01:21 AM

Very nice! It makes me feel like cutting wood.

-- Dennis Zongker

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