Cross-Cut Sled

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Project by DaveWatha posted 12-21-2011 06:56 PM 11538 views 15 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nothing too fancy here, just a basic sled. I made this sled to use with my Bosch 4100 tablesaw. The sled is made from Baltic Birch plywood and the runners are oak. The base is 1/2” Baltic ply and the front and rear fences are made from 2x laminated 3/4” Baltic ply. I pretty much followed the process described in the Woodwhisperer’s excellent cross-cut sled video (#146). To set the rear fence square to the blade, I used the 5-cut squaring method described in his video and it worked very well.

I initially found the sled was binding a bit in the table miter slots but after applying a couple coats of Johnson paste wax to the runners and the base it slides like butter.

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#1 posted 12-21-2011 07:03 PM

That’s goona come in handy for ya! Nice work.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#2 posted 12-21-2011 08:02 PM

Hello Dave

I need to make one like this for my bosch table saw

Nice work

Thanks for all the details

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#3 posted 12-21-2011 08:04 PM

I thought someone had taken a picture of my setup at first…

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#4 posted 12-21-2011 08:33 PM

Very nice

-- I'll get it done when I get a-round-tuit.

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#5 posted 12-22-2011 03:47 AM

A guard on the back side of the fence will save a trip to the ER and might save a thumb!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 12-22-2011 05:26 AM

Great job! I’ve been thinking about making one for my Ridgid mobile saw like yours. Good to see it turn out well!

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#7 posted 12-22-2011 05:35 AM

looks almost like mine for my portable rigid saw. i put a guard on the rear for the blade.
also ,since i need to put away the saw after each use,instead of the hang holes you have,i put hand holes on both sides to make it easier for me to carry, no matter which way i pick it up.

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

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#8 posted 12-22-2011 05:14 PM

Looks good! I started making one of these for my Bosch 4100 a few weeks ago and then got sidetracked making Christmas gifts. I plan to complete mine after the holidays. However, I’m planning to use hardwood for the front and rear fences.

-- Steve, Pennsylvania

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#9 posted 12-22-2011 05:19 PM

Dave, I have the Bosch 4100 also and love it. Nice sled by the way.

-- Allan, Baltimore MD

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#10 posted 02-01-2013 03:30 AM

This is exactly what I want to build for my portable saw. Thanks for sharing!

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#11 posted 02-01-2013 03:35 AM

Most important table saw accessory ever!

BTW… A Sharpie or some red paint can create a colored area around the blade exit. If your fingers aren’t in the paint, you’re safe! I usually color 1 inch on either side of the kerf, and 1 inch above.

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#12 posted 11-20-2017 07:13 PM

Very nice looking sled. I am about to start building my first one and hope it comes out as nice as yours. A couple of questions, though. 1. What is the benefit of off setting the cutting area? It looks like your surface area is divided 60%/40% .And why off set to the right as opposed to the left? 2. How tall are your fences (and the step-ups)? Thanks

-- John - Huntington Beach, CA --- Growth occurs when we get out of our comfort zone.

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