Baby Crosscut Sled

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Project by Squirrel posted 01-02-2013 05:40 AM 2473 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So saw another crosscut sled post this morning and I was prompted to post mine as a result…

This sled model includes a cabinet door hinge hold-down clamp, some holes in the fence for clamps, a piece of scrap oak blade guard, an aluminum track cannibalized from the stock miter gauge, removable offset blocks, and a miter key jig attachment…

I made a bunch of small 2.5” cube boxes for Christmas using this small sled and it worked great. When I was cutting the sides to length I was getting nervous moving my hand close to the blade over and over again (needed 56 sides) so I screwed the scrap stick next to the blade so I wouldn’t hit it. Since I was working with the small stock I wanted some type of clamp and a cabinet door hinge was the only thing I had on hand that would do the trick.

I bought a 90 degree router bit awhile back because I plan on making some boxes using britboxmaker’s guides and instead made a small miter key jig (picture 4 shows my test box with some purple heart keys in a magnolia cube).

For my next sled I will probably use two tracks, but I don’t have a grinder to “fix” my non standard tracks so I used the miter gauge track and squared it to the back edge of the plywood base. There are probably better ways to square it but I simply screwed one side of the track in place, held a square up to it, then ran a screw through the other side of the track (you can see it protruding out on the top of the sled near its upper right hand corner…).

Thoughts/Tips for improvements and future sleds?
Thanks for looking.

-- Brian

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#1 posted 01-02-2013 06:06 AM

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#2 posted 01-02-2013 07:48 AM

I just rip my own tracks from oak. I have a this strip I put in the bottom of the groove, then put the tracks down, put some glue on top and weight the sled over night. They always fit and run good. Then I fire up the saw and cut the kerf. It always run square. No muss no fuss.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 01-02-2013 01:48 PM

Nice! I love how ‘used’ it looks.

When I put the rails on, I first cut them to fit then put them in the tracks and just laid the platform on top of it, cinched it off the back and screwed them in, then pushed it off the front 2” or so, and screwed them in that way. Worked great.

Looks like your table, unlike mine, is cast iron rather than aluminum. And I expect, judging by the countersink holes, that it’s a good bit wider. So I’d guess that you’re fine working around the tabs in the tracks.

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#4 posted 01-02-2013 04:48 PM

Topmaxsurvivor- I did something similar when I made another sled for a friend’s table saw (minus the glue). Put the board on the table saw with the sliders already sitting in the tracks, use a square to measure along the tracks, then pre-drill through both pieces on both tracks. Flip it all over then put your screws through. My sled here though is so small I was happy with how it worked using a single track.

madwilliamflint- No, its aluminum… Looking at your post our saws are probably about the same size. Mine is just a Craftsman that came with some ~4-5” wings to attach on each side. It is only wider because of the wings.

As for looking ‘used” it is a piece of plywood that back in high school to mount a heavy duty keyboard stand to my desk. The second blade kerf is for cutting 45 degree angles. Some day I will make a sled with tracks to move the blocks around, but until then I will just screw stuff in place where I need it making it look more ‘used’.

-- Brian

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#5 posted 01-02-2013 10:42 PM

I had that saw!

Cutting small parts on any TS needs all kind of help to do it safely and this really fits the bill.


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#6 posted 01-03-2013 03:33 AM

Great little sled : )

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