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Mini crosscut sled for small parts + miter attachment

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Project by DIYMontreal posted 01-14-2019 02:14 PM 2841 views 27 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been meaning to build a crosscut sled for some time and debating what size I should make it. A lot of sleds out there are pretty massive and cover pretty much the whole table. While this can be practical for cutting large panels, it can also be bulky and discouraging to use. Besides, what I really needed was a sled to safely cut small parts on the table saw.

For that reason, I built this compact crosscut sled that features a T-track in front of the bridge (rather than on top like many models). This allows for a variety of attachments, like an adjustable stop block that slides along a T-track and a miter attachment for making picture frames or other miter cuts.

For more details on how I built this you can watch the video here.

-- DIY Montreal https://www.youtube.com/c/diymontreal





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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 01-14-2019 03:02 PM

I LIKE the small size and it doubles as a miter sled also thanks for sharing GREAT JOB :<))

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

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#2 posted 01-14-2019 03:06 PM

I like small cross cut sleds. I have a couple and have the T-track up higher. With my Sawstop, I want no chance of blade contact.

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Andre

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#3 posted 01-14-2019 05:11 PM

Small is nice! my first one was rather small, too many times just a little to small so I built a way bigger one that never gets used? Go figure?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 01-14-2019 05:44 PM

I like you idea of the T-track. I think I will copy it but put it on the back instead of the bottom. Then 45 degree angled over lays could then have a back board for attaching them. I have been using two separate sleds which is a storage nuisance.

You might consider putting hold downs on your 45 degree attachments to hold the wood being cut. I find that with angles cuts the wood sometimes wats to creep out of position as the saw cuts it.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 01-14-2019 08:41 PM

I like it! I already have the “massive” version and have a smaller sled on my list. Might have to borrow a couple ideas from this one…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 01-14-2019 08:55 PM

I just started building a sled for my much smaller Bosch table saw. I did not want a large slab of wood on that little saw. I have not watched your video as yet, but what size did you make it?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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builtinbkyn

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#7 posted 01-14-2019 09:24 PM

I have a big honking sled and though useful for cutting larger pieces, I do have a need for a smaller sled. Nice build. It’s on my list :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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DIYMontreal

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#8 posted 01-14-2019 09:35 PM



I like small cross cut sleds. I have a couple and have the T-track up higher. With my Sawstop, I want no chance of blade contact.

- Redoak49

I have a SawStop too so I just made sure to leave a gap between the blade and the T-track on each side so it wouldn’t trigger the safety mechanism.

-- DIY Montreal https://www.youtube.com/c/diymontreal

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DIYMontreal

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#9 posted 01-14-2019 09:37 PM

Ha! For some reason I’m not surprised to hear that! ;)


Small is nice! my first one was rather small, too many times just a little to small so I built a way bigger one that never gets used? Go figure?

- Andre


-- DIY Montreal https://www.youtube.com/c/diymontreal

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DIYMontreal

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#10 posted 01-14-2019 09:38 PM

The base is 16 by 18 inches, so pretty compact even for a small saw.


I just started building a sled for my much smaller Bosch table saw. I did not want a large slab of wood on that little saw. I have not watched your video as yet, but what size did you make it?

- Hawaiilad


-- DIY Montreal https://www.youtube.com/c/diymontreal

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James E McIntyre

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#11 posted 01-14-2019 10:04 PM

Great jig. I like the fact that it’s so versital. I also like you Saw Stop table

-- James E McIntyre

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woodbutcherbynight

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#12 posted 01-15-2019 04:08 AM

Nice, bigger ones are nice but I have a smaller one like this and it is used all the time. Have no idea why I waited so long to make it. LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#13 posted 01-15-2019 06:53 AM

Really nice build.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#14 posted 01-15-2019 11:22 PM

Direct to my Favorites. Nice job : )

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

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#15 posted 01-17-2019 02:29 PM

I like this one! I need a new sled and might use this for guidance. I like the miter insert as well but was curious why you split it completely in half? Is that to accommodate different blades or dado stacks? Just seems like it would make lining it up more difficult?

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