Another Crosscut Sled

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Project by SFLTim posted 01-18-2013 01:44 AM 2042 views 4 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve started back into woodworking with a vengance over the past several weeks after purchasing a Jet Tablesaw & Jointer, and most recently a 17” Grizzly Bandsaw. So needless to say, the past few weekends have been spent building jigs for those wonderful tools. I ran across the video for a crosscut sled from the WoodWhisperer, and it made a lot of sense, and it seemed like even I could build it. The sled base is 1/2” MDF. I chose 1/2” to reduce weight and also to maximize the thickness cutting capacity. The main fence is a nice piece of red oak I found at the big orange box store ( the only thing we have available in South Florida for lumber …... ). I picked thru the entire selection on the rack and found a piece that looked very close to quarter sawn. Surfaced it, squared it up, cut it and and glued up a 1.5” thick fence that is dead flat and square. The rear fence is just an old piece of Red Cedar i had in the scrap box. The neatest part of the sled are the runners which are ultra high density plastic, namely “Starboard” in 3/8” thickness. This stuff also came from the big orange box store and is awesome. No swelling with changes in humidity ( which is intense where I live). It’s also very easy to work with and slides nicely in the miter slots. The sled turned out very accurate; I used the “5 Cut” Method from the WoodWhisperer and was able to be at .003” in tolerance over 70 inches of length. Fine enough I think for my plans. After looking at some other sleds that have been posted here, I will definitely be adding the small box behind the blade exit on the “business” side of the fence for safety purposes. I also plan to build a spline cutting jig to clamp to the sled for box making. Feel free to comment. Thanks.

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#1 posted 01-18-2013 02:04 AM

I desperately need a new crosscut sled right now and I am glad that I looked at yours. I like the simplicity of it. What has really been slowing me down is my concern about using wood for the rails and I haven’t been able to find any affordable rails of different materials. I will be looking into our local “orange box store” here in South Dakota.

Thanks for sharing and nice work!

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#2 posted 01-18-2013 02:16 AM

Grant, take a look at the WoodWhisperer website, and search on “table saw sled”. It’s a very well produced video and he explains the build very nicely. Good luck and thanks for the comments!

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