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Project by kiefer posted 02-21-2012 01:12 AM 23021 views 144 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my new cross cut sled for my new /used table saw
I build this dobottom sled with a adjustable fence to be able to tune it anytime without much trouble.
The sled is build on a bottom layer of 8mm /3/8” MDF with maple guides which I cut slightly smaller then the mitre grooves to allow for seasonal expansion and contraction .
The fences are attached with bolts and T-nuts at the rear fence and screws at the leading or front fence with no glue .
As I assemble the sled I insert wedges between the bottom halves and this removes any play as both outsides of the guides are forced against the mitre slots removing any play and giving the maple guides room to expand in the mitre slots .

The rear fence is adjustable with a bolt into a brass threaded insert making it a very easy procedure .
The top layer is replaceable and can be adjusted to any blade width as required giving me a zero clearence insertand in all tilt positions ,the red thumb screws are the locking device for this ( see pic three )

The rear fence also has a removable insert which is housed in a dovetailed recess and adjustable by four screws . ( I have several inserts for different blades )

The stop blocks ride on halve dove tails on the fences and are locked with clamp bolts and wing nuts.
I left the bottom and back of the stop blocks with some clearence to keep sawdust away from the index face.

I will install tapes for the stop blocks (left and right ) and hope this sled works as well a I think it will.
I have done the five cut test and got it perfect in three attempts and the adjustment bolt made it very easy as the fence pivot on the left tee nut only which fits tight in the hole ( the three other bolt holes are oversize) giving the fence room to move during the adjustment procedure .
I hope to add a travel stop in the near future as I accidently cut threw the blade guard already ( see extra piece added )
Any comments and questions welcome ,good or bad !


-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 02-21-2012 01:18 AM

Holy Bat sleds batman a piece of furniture for in the shop! Great sled.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#2 posted 02-21-2012 01:25 AM

Looks like a well thought out sled,it should serve you well. a really good build.


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#3 posted 02-21-2012 01:36 AM

Where do I sign up for engineering school to learn and run this.Moe thought put into this than building a et of wall t wall cabinets.Well thought out

-- Grandpaj

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#4 posted 02-21-2012 01:38 AM

That’s PURDY!

Nice design.
Great execution.
Do you ship?

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 02-21-2012 01:42 AM

Great Sled! After I dropped mine once, I too converted the rear fence to an adjustable configuration!
thanks for posting,

-- Smitty

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#6 posted 02-21-2012 01:45 AM

That is the way to have it it’s more fun to use
Thanks Jim
It took a bit of thinking and more to come .
Thanks Grandpa
Send any questions you want answered.
Thanks Randy
This is not for sale it’s very experimental !

-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 02-21-2012 01:46 AM

Thanks Smitty
Yes I dropped my old one too which got me to build this one .

-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 02-21-2012 02:10 AM

could you post some more pics of the entire sled? Cant really see the whole thing. Ive been studying on making one kinda like yours, well maybe not as nice, but I been thinking lol

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut [email protected]#%#[email protected]!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#9 posted 02-21-2012 02:11 AM

Excellent idea with the adjustable fence and inserts. These will be going into my next one. Looks great too.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#10 posted 02-21-2012 02:14 AM

That’s too nice to be a sled, I would put that on the coffee table in my house & show it off

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#11 posted 02-21-2012 02:42 AM

Thanks Jimi
Here are more pics if you want more of details let me know !
Thanks __Z
Looking forward to your sled build .
Thanks Martin
My wife wants new living room tables maybe this will work ? NOT !!!

-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 02-21-2012 03:06 AM

Can’t imagine how anyone could have bad comments. Great job!!! I particularly like your half dovetail stop blocks and the replaceable bed.

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#13 posted 02-21-2012 03:48 AM

Nice job! Several good ideas here.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 02-21-2012 04:08 AM

My sled here isnt as pretty as yours, but I made my back fence adjustable as well – I can get this puppy accurate! Mine uses two bolts at either end. I use a paper to shim it to as close to square as i can get it. So far it works pretty nicely! Just have to add some safety measures and some accessories to it

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#15 posted 02-21-2012 04:39 AM

Thanks Steve
Looking at your sled you posted some time ago I feel I have a ways to go .
Thanks Doug
Yes I looked at your sled and the adjustment of the double board fence you came up with and it is a very interesting idea that seems to work well but I was well under way with my design and now we have several options to correct the alignment .


-- Kiefer

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