First little project/jig

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Project by topherstrux posted 08-10-2011 11:26 PM 2407 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well guys, made me a crosscut sled for my table saw. This was my first little project. It turned out pretty good considering my limited resources for tools. Took some 1×2 red oak stock and sanded it down to size so it would fit in my miter grooves. Then ripped it to 3×8” where it was flush with the table top. Base is 1/2” Birch and Fences are 2×6 Pine scraps I had laying around. Got to utilize my new Freud thin kerf blade. It’s nice. Getting dimensions together for my next project. Keep eyes peeled!

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#1 posted 08-10-2011 11:38 PM

Finally got your first project up on LJ’s!! How’s the table saw treating you? What’s next on the list to do in the shop?

-- Lance, Hook'em HORNS! ""V""

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#2 posted 08-11-2011 12:08 AM

you will love it,,i wonder why i didn’t make one sooner

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#3 posted 08-11-2011 12:15 AM

Great job!!! I don’t know what I’d do without my crosscut sled!!!! Welcome to LJ’s!!! I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!!!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#4 posted 08-11-2011 12:44 AM

Nice job on the sled; it’ll make your work much more accurate. I’ll bet you like that new blade almost as much.

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#5 posted 08-11-2011 02:16 AM

nice sled,i just made one this weekend and they are real handy for getting 90s and a bit safer too. i got to get one of those blades too. you’ll like the sled great job and welcome to LJ im new on this journey to. these guys are good with this craft and always ready to help.

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#6 posted 08-11-2011 04:46 AM

Nice sled and it won’t be your last one
There are many jigs and stops etc. to be build and it is a endless project one you get hooked.
I just build a couple one for a friend and used 1/4” bottoms for these to get a little more cutting height and they work very well.


-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 08-11-2011 04:55 AM

Wow, finally a jig safe enough for a barefooted child with no eye protection or shirt to operate. Impressive.

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#8 posted 08-11-2011 05:03 AM

LOL yeah I have to run him out of the garage when I am making a cut.

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#9 posted 08-11-2011 10:19 AM

Hi – nice one, and welcome to LJs. I’m sure you will get lots of great use from it.

I’ve used my crosscut sled, on an old Wadkin table saw, for many years. It’s actually attached to the sliding table rather than sliding in the slots – but it’s so good it’s [almost] permanently in place. Since I don’t convert large dimensions I do all my ripping using the bandsaw, although I do have a small rip fence that fits in the crosscut sled for short lengths!

Not many use this system in UK as in most cases the blade is unguarded and therefore seen as not very safe. But I’ve designed an adjustable guard – more than the bit of perspex you occasionally see running front to back – and I will be writing about this in one of the UK woodworking mags sometime soon.

Eyes peeled for your first project made using the sled and new blade.

-- Andrew Crawford, Shropshire, UK.

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#10 posted 08-11-2011 01:18 PM

It is always enjoyable to make tools for the shop, now show us what you can do with it :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#11 posted 08-11-2011 01:57 PM

It’s a nice sled and it will really help you in your shop.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 08-11-2011 02:54 PM

Very nice, im planning on making one tonight for my table saw!

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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#13 posted 08-11-2011 04:23 PM

Very nice….......only one question. Is there any beer in that Schlitz seat cooler pail?

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#14 posted 08-11-2011 04:35 PM

The crosscut sled changed my life. I’m still using the first one I ever built. There are some pretty fancy ones around here but I’m so happy with my $5 one, I’ve never bothered upgrading it. There’s nothing like knowing EXACTLY where that cut’s going to be.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#15 posted 08-11-2011 06:37 PM

Maybe it’s just me, but an accurate sled is only part of the battle for me. Another part is keeping the work from moving during the cut. And then there is feeding the sled past the blade to get the best results. I like hold-downs so that when I’m making the cut I only need to be thinking about feeding. Putting a bar clamp from the back fence to the front edge of the work can help, but sometimes that can lift the front edge of the work off the sled base. Another idea is to use a pair of wedges between the front edge of the work and the front fence.

-- Greg D.

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