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Project by mel52 posted 10-17-2019 01:27 AM 2111 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Decided it was time to make a well needed small crosscut sled. I got the idea for this one from a few different ones on the internet. I needed it to fit my Dewalt table saw, so got the dimensions from it. The bottom is 1/2 inch ply with the front and back of two 3/4 inch ply glued together for more rigidity. I used some scrap padauk for the two runners. After building it, I took a cut through it and adjusted the front fence to exact 90 degrees with the saw line with my digital measuring tools. I then installed a blade guard or block to protect hands etc. It was sanded, then sprayed with lacquer and sanded lightly. I then waxed both the bottom of the sled and the table saw to make it slide easier. I used the bandsaw to cut the back down a little to lessen the weight, and slightly rounded all edges for safety.

-- MEL, Kansas





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awsum55

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#1 posted 10-17-2019 03:20 AM

Nicely done.

-- John D, OP, KS

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 10-17-2019 04:11 AM

That looks like a great sled. Not overkill like some I’ve seen but I guess that depends on what you use it for. I’m like you, I think it’s time to make one.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 10-17-2019 04:43 AM

Great Job!

If it works for you, GREAT!

Thanks for the report!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: https://www.ncwoodworker.net/forums/index.php?media/albums/users/joe-lyddon.1389/

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#4 posted 10-17-2019 04:58 AM

Good looking sled!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 10-17-2019 06:09 AM

Thats a good idea with the gap in the blade guard. I will be using that in future sleds.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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Underdog

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#6 posted 10-17-2019 10:49 AM



Thats a good idea with the gap in the blade guard. I will be using that in future sleds.

- wildwoodbybrianjohns


And why do you say that Brian? Because you can actually see the blade?

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#7 posted 10-17-2019 11:49 AM


Thats a good idea with the gap in the blade guard. I will be using that in future sleds.

- wildwoodbybrianjohns

And why do you say that Brian? Because you can actually see the blade?

- Underdog

Yes.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 10-17-2019 12:31 PM

Real nice sled, Mel. I like that box on the back to bridge the cut area. I may use that on my next one.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 10-17-2019 02:25 PM

That is a nice sled. I am also amazed at how clean your shop looks!

-- Petey

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mel52

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#10 posted 10-17-2019 03:17 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments. I’m now designing one with these ideas, ( sort of ), for a 45 degree on both sides of the cut line. Possibly adjustable for other angles also. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#11 posted 10-17-2019 06:15 PM

Looks well built and designed. I have the same saw and I have been planning to make a crosscut saw and yours is a good example of what I want.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Artie623

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#12 posted 10-18-2019 02:31 AM

It looks like the sled from “King’s Woodworking”... plans are $2.99, I’m thinking about building one myself. Nice.

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Cliff

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#13 posted 10-19-2019 01:37 AM

Hi, Mike…That looks like a very functional and practical cross cut sled. You are right, there comes a time when a crosscut sled is needed. I think Ive reached that stage myself. Your sled looks ideal. I also like the safety box..
Well done and a great project.
Regards,

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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NormG

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#14 posted 10-22-2019 04:17 AM

These are so useful

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#15 posted 07-02-2020 11:09 AM

Hi Mel. Take a look at the sled Stefang made. he has inserts on the bottom for 90 and 45 degrees. I have one in Arizona that I made for 90 and 45 and then I cut 72degrees on it and the center is spaghetti. That insert idea makes a lot of sense to support small pieces!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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