The Less Absurd Cross Cut sled

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Project by lumberjoe posted 06-30-2012 01:08 AM 4657 views 14 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well after my journey with the Absurd sled I decided to have another go for a few reasons. 1 being looks. I wanted a more uniform wood choice. The second is the base. This thing is a beast. the 1/2 plywood is not up to the task. You can hear it crunch every time you tighten down the track clamps. This time around I used 3/4 BB plywood.

Vital Statistics: Wood
Runners – Hard maple
Base: 3/4” BB ply 36×24
Fence: 3/4” BB ply (x2). 36×4x1 1/2” thick
Blade guard: 3/4” bb ply
Handle: Soft maple, all edges rounded over
Stop blocks: red oak

Woodpeckers T track knobs (x4)
Woodpeckers T-track hold down, knurled knob (x4, 1 used)
Kreg T-track clamps (x2)
Incra T-track plus – 36”
Incra T-track – 24”
Incra T-track stops (x2)
1/8” ballistic lexan

I decided to keep the lexan blade guard even though it raises the handle height for a few reasons. One is that is actually the perfect height for me. The second is safety. Like I said before, I know it’s not going to stop me from hitting the blade. It does make it a royal pain to stick my hand in there and undo the track clamps or remove an off cut. I really have to think about what I am doing, in which time I always re-think sticking my hand within a few inches of an unguarded spinning blade. Also and very unanticipated, it keeps the sawdust out of my face when peeking over the edge at the cut. I would have kept it for that alone. I don’t have dust collection so with a ZCI and the sled, the blade really throws the dust around.

I also kept the provisions for hanging the stop block with hardware and the miter fence with hardware on the back of the sled. I lose everything.

Also I really like the Incra T-Track stops. You set the stop to your cut length and leave it there. You can then side your stop block out of the way to either square the edge, or relieve the cut after you clamp it down if your are clamping on the other side of the blade. No re-measuring for the next cuts. WAY cheaper than a Kreg swing stop. I have one on the miter fence too.

In my last build, I thanked helluvawreck for his tips. This time I also owe knotscott some props as well. If you have never used a premium grade router bit, your life will change when you do. I have been slowly replacing my old craftsman and random multi-pack cheapo bits with higher quality ones. First was the edge profiling bits, and I got Freud. this time I took knotscott’s advice and got a few Infinity fluted straight bits. I seriously thought I was using my 3.5hp 7518 instead of my 2.5hp Craftsman. What took 3 or for passes with my older cheap bits the Infinity bits were able to eat through in one pass while saying “pffft, is that all you got? Plywood??” I just thought that was to be expected. Boy was I wrong.

All in all this was super fun. I’m kind of mad I like this one, I really want to make another


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#1 posted 06-30-2012 01:10 AM

Looks good. I think you’re gonna get a lot of use out of it.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 06-30-2012 01:11 AM

Rance, I already did! Started on a new box for my chisels today


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#3 posted 06-30-2012 01:25 AM

Looks good , Joe …lots of nice features : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 06-30-2012 02:01 AM

Very Nice, Joe! Love all the stops and tracks, very versatile. I’ve used the heck out of my second sled (supersled derivative), now have some ideas for a third!

-- Smitty

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#5 posted 06-30-2012 11:46 AM

I am afraid that you will find out that this thing is just too big for most use.
I have a large sled like this one that I rarely use (only for panels) and a maller on the I use very often.
It is good to have a large one around but a smaller one is more convenient to use so you use it more often.

-- Bert

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#6 posted 06-30-2012 12:48 PM

b2rtch, I am actually going the make the 1/2” one considerably smaller for the little stuff. I am also considering making yet another sled for dados. Has anyone ever done that?


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#7 posted 06-30-2012 01:40 PM

Kreg? Incra?? Woodpeckers???
What, no hardware from Harbor Freight? Decuct one star…...

Just kidding, great job on the sled!

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#8 posted 06-30-2012 05:35 PM

And Infinity if you read the whole thing :) I have my far share of cheap tools, but I recognize when and where I actually need to spend money. Precision is not something I generally skimp on.


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#9 posted 06-30-2012 05:52 PM

Sleds help out so much they really make lots of jobs a lot easier. Enjoy.


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#10 posted 06-30-2012 06:16 PM

Nice job. Thanks for sharing your ideas and thought process.

If you really “want to make another one”, I could fib a little and say my birthday is next week.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#11 posted 06-30-2012 07:10 PM

Joe, you are very impressive because you don’t give up and you learn quickly. I have no doubt whatsoever that we will be hearing many worthwhile things from you in the coming months and years. May all of your woodworking adventures be rewarding to you.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 07-01-2012 12:23 AM

Thanks Charles! I appreciate that but I have a LONG way to go. Rick, I would make these all day if they weren’t saw-specific. The first one took me a few days, this only only took me a few hours (minus the 12 hours I let the glue dry)


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#13 posted 07-10-2012 09:15 PM

hey Joe did u use plans for this if so where can i find them, looks good

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#14 posted 07-10-2012 09:50 PM

DonnyD, I loosely followed John’s plans from Eagle lake woodworking for the super sled. I customized it quite a bit though. His plans came in really handy for routing the slots in the base.


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