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My new Crosscut Sled. (It kinda got away from me!)

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Project by dansnow posted 03-27-2020 03:03 PM 1398 views 11 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ever have one of those projects that seems simple while it’s still in your head, but then seems to take on a life of its own once you get started? And from then on all you can do is play catch up? Well, that’s what happened here.

I just recent;y took delivery of a SawStop Professional Cabinet saw, and of course the miter slots were just enough different that a new cross cut sled was required. I did some you tube watching on the builds of various types of sleds and cherry picked the features I liked and did a quick sketch on paper of what I thought the finished project might look like. (Someday I need to learn how to use that Sketcher, or Sketch up or whatever it’s called!)

I knew I wanted a T-track for the stop blocks, t-tracks for clamping, and a removable section so I could swap out zero clearance plates for angle cuts or dadoes.

Simple, Right?

Started with a sheet of 3/4” Baltic birch ply. Yeah, I know, heavy. But since I was making the removable zero clearance section I wanted the thickness so I could rabbit in the plate and still have a decent thickness for screws. Plus I needed the thickness for the blind dadoes for the clamping t-tracks. I went with a 36” x 24” size for the base. Back fence is 4.5” high with a 1/2” rabbit for the t-track for the stops. Here was the first plan deviated from actual moment. I had fully intended to add removable plates to the fences to accommodate angle and dado cuts, but didn’t remember until AFTER I had squared the back fence. Damn! I have the fence square to within .002” over 14” and didn’t feel like taking it off and re-squaring it, but at some point will. The removable section in the base is made from 1/2” thick MDF. The cursors for the stop blocks were made from 1/8” thick acrylic

It took much longer than anticipated, is heavy, but so far it does everything I wanted. I’ve already thought of a few things to change if i make another one!

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts





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Julian

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#1 posted 03-27-2020 03:55 PM

Fantastic cross cut sled.

-- Julian

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#2 posted 03-27-2020 07:07 PM

It is a real beauty. and very versatile. Are you left handed? I noticed the hand hold on the far left. Have you seen the 5 cut method of verifying square?

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#3 posted 03-27-2020 08:00 PM

Looks great. Enjoy it.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Randy M.

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#4 posted 03-28-2020 12:16 AM

Nice job – removable inserts a plus
Especially like the extras you incorporated into it

-- Do it with your heart in it.........keep sanding

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#5 posted 03-28-2020 12:20 AM

Very nice

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#6 posted 03-28-2020 12:36 AM

She a beauty. Nice job and enjoy using your new SS!

-- AJ

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#7 posted 03-28-2020 10:55 AM

As a matter of fact, Rob, I am left handed! Good catch. :) And yes, I used the 5 cut method to square the back fence. Initially used a framing square against the blade to get it close, then it only took 2 series of cuts to get it where it is. More than accurate enough for my needs.

-- Snow's Wooden Toys & Gifts

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#8 posted 03-28-2020 12:57 PM

Nice sled. I have built many and use smaller ones most.

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#9 posted 03-28-2020 07:51 PM

Nice work and well thought out! I have made several CC sleds of the years and yes they are simple in practice but offer so many safe options on the table saw. Thanks for sharing

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

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#10 posted 03-29-2020 10:32 PM

That almost looks too god to use for cutting timber. Superb job sir

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#11 posted 03-30-2020 09:47 PM

Very nice!!! Great Job!!!

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