Crosscut Sled (Wood Magazine)

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Project by bch posted 02-14-2011 01:23 AM 5802 views 11 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is straight out of Wood Magazine. I didn’t make a single change, except I made the knob rather than buy one. As a beginning woodworker it was a great project for me. I made several mistakes which I had to think through, and it called for several techniques which I’d not yet practiced. Also, my table saw is a 1969 Craftsman I inherited from my Godfather (Thanks, Larry!) which has long lost any safety equipment. This design gives me some degree of protection during cross-cuts, which was a big concern for me and lead me to choose this design as opposed to other sled designs I’ve seen.

So, what are the merits or detriments of table saws vs. chop saws for cross-cuts?

-- --bch

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#1 posted 02-14-2011 01:27 AM

Yes it does give some protection, well done.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#2 posted 02-14-2011 01:29 AM

Been wanting to make another cross cut sled and I really like this design.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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Paul Pomerleau

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#3 posted 02-14-2011 01:33 AM

Excellent design.
I have yet to make one for my TS, been putting it off for some time.
I really like your style.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#4 posted 02-14-2011 01:43 AM

Well you can cut a much larger board with a table saw, my crosscut sled lets me cut up to a 20 inch wide board. You can also cut a much smaller piece, make non-through cuts, and generally (given the same blade) have less tear out. Im sure there are more reasons but Im fairly inexperienced myself.

The chopsaw has speed and portability advantages.

Nice job btw.

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#5 posted 02-14-2011 01:45 AM

Very valuable jig. To have perfect 90 degree cuts would be a godsend. I can’t make one so easily for my saw, because the grooves that the sled would slide in, have tabs. urggh!

I really like the homemade knob. So much better than a store bought any day. Very well done.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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