Just a crosscut sled - BUT...

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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 05-28-2013 02:43 AM 3092 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The boss told me – NO MORE BIG projects til after your son’s graduation.

OK fine. I’ve been doing a little of this and a little of that. Before I start my next big project, I wanted to tool up and I haven’t had a sled since the HF benchtop table saw bit the dust. This is my quick and easy crosscut sled. I decided to over size this sled to the full extended length of my Bosch. I can’t think of a good reason for that except I could. My 3/4 inch Jatoba offcuts fit neatly in the runner tracks so I got a really nice fit there out of some iron like wood. I rubbed down the bottom side with beeswax and the sled can now be pushed with a finger.

None of that is a big deal and I was not going to post the sled at all because it is so basic. BUT… something wonderful happened. I did the 5 cut check 3 times and was getting frustrated. I’d move the back fence .02 inches and I was suddenly .02 inches too far the other way.

Then I rembered the saw dust. I dusted the surface and did my fourth trial cuts. I adjusted one last time and cut the fifth trial. Here are the results.

Back side.

Front Side

I’m off to buy a lottery ticket! Thanks for looking!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 05-28-2013 02:50 AM

good deal there mark

be sure to use the numbers
0.652 in the lotto ticket
they seem to be right for you

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 05-28-2013 02:50 AM

A sled, is a sled, is a sled. Thanks for sharing. If it works don’t try to improve too much. Might mess it up.

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#3 posted 05-28-2013 02:52 AM

Wow, that is perfect. I could never get mine dead on like that.

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#4 posted 05-28-2013 02:54 AM

Nice build on sled Mark…. if you only use it half as much as I do mine it will have been a good use of your time and talent bud

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 05-28-2013 03:20 AM

Great job Mark, just think what you would get if you made a 6th. cut. LOL
Great job and Great Numbers.

-- Mark, ”...NEWBEE: On the road to learning a lot; but; a lot more to learn…” ("My Granddad used to tell me, if you didn't learn something new today, it just wasn't worth getting out of bed")

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#6 posted 05-28-2013 03:25 AM

Gracias Patron. Point taken. 652 is the lucky number.
Grandpa. No bells and whistles for this sled. I like a simple sled to cut wood flooring. I’m not even going to breath on it. I am going to build a 45 degree sled. I have a lot of pictures to frame. While I’m at it, I’ll make a spline jig as well.
Sarge. Thanks for serving us! I get it right every now and then. What’s that saying – Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. Sounds about like me.
Buster – You betcha! The saw dust cloud darkening northern Dallas will be mine;)

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#7 posted 05-28-2013 03:31 AM

Thanks Mark! For some reason, I’m inclined to think highly of you. Could have to be something to do with your name or the fact that you could be my brother. Lot’s of similarities between us including the distinguished grey pattern on the beard.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#8 posted 05-28-2013 11:56 AM

Nice sled, Mark they are so useful and yours is mighty accurate!! Now all you need is some snow LOL !!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 05-28-2013 12:46 PM

Well…..... I guess that is close enough!

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#10 posted 05-28-2013 02:20 PM

Pretty slick… Congrats on simplistic perfection :) Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#11 posted 05-28-2013 02:41 PM

I like the doubled up plywood fences, good job Mark!

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#12 posted 05-28-2013 03:49 PM

Great job Mark.

You have shown to be persistent while facing problems. You overcame a lot of problem with tools.

I had the bosch 4000 for almost a year. It was my second table saw. It was pretty good and Paired with this sled
it will be more accurate. It should last for a long time.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#13 posted 05-29-2013 01:38 AM

You dirty dog!!!!! I did this yesterday and couldn’t get mine right!!! Maybe the sawdust is what got me….

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#15 posted 05-30-2013 02:06 PM

So . . . I guess you don’t subscribe to the “measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, and cut it with an axe” philosophy, huh? :)

Well done.

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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