Crosscut sled, pink?

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Project by Sandra posted 07-30-2013 10:41 AM 4003 views 8 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my version of a crosscut sled. I borrowed ideas from various places and kept it small as per Doug Stowe’s Basic Box Making book. It measures 16 1/2 ” x 24 1/2 ”.

The base is piece of 1/2” MDF shelving. The width of the shelving dictated the width of the sled. The base rides on two hard maple runners.

The front and back fences are pieces of a broken maple bed rail, which was previously painted white. Since the base and much of each fence was white, I decided to slap some paint on the other side of the front fence. The stain on that side bled into the paint, making it an odd shade of pink.

While I contemplated the unfortunate color, I had a bit of fun scraping the paint off the edges.

The T-track is homemade. (pic 3) using the undercut bit from Lee Valley. The bit worked wonderfully once I figured out that I had to cut with a straight bit first.

Rather than build a box to cover the blade, I attached a thick block of hard maple.

The most time was spent getting the runners right and the front fence square.

Thanks for looking.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#1 posted 07-30-2013 10:43 AM

Good job. I need a new one of these as well.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 07-30-2013 11:37 AM

Nice work, Sleds are one of those tools once you hae one you wonder how you lived without it…. Well done….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 07-30-2013 11:50 AM

Well done 74. You will get a lot of use out of this sled. Looks great, nice job.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#4 posted 07-30-2013 11:59 AM

Great job Sandra, I made one a couple of months back and like Ken said… once you make one you wonder how you got along with out it…excellent sled.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#5 posted 07-30-2013 12:17 PM

Love the shop made T track. OK Sandra, what do you have against pink?

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#6 posted 07-30-2013 01:23 PM

It looks very cool and I’m sure will help you allot. The only thing I would have done is to make the back fence shorter and maybe even make some angle cuts to it, just make the whole sled lighter.
Great job

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#7 posted 07-30-2013 01:50 PM

Nicely done. And it being a shade of pink…. That’s just an added bonus. Lol

I need to make one if these. I tried when I first got my new TS. Couldn’t get it square. Just walked away and got distracted. Need to work on finishing it. I like the t-track.

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#8 posted 07-30-2013 02:33 PM

Nice sled and they are always useful

Instead of struggling to make it square and hoping it never goes out of square you could make a pivot point on one end and have a locking adjustment screw on the other.

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#9 posted 07-30-2013 02:38 PM

Sandra great job and idea
I need a cut that this will do the job nicely
Glad I took a break and checked on LJ’s
Thank You

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#10 posted 07-30-2013 03:44 PM

Thanks for the comments,

Nailbanger – nothing against the colour in particular, just the assumptions that sometimes go with it. Pet peeve I guess. The pink fishing rod never worked as well as the proper ones, the pink bike was flimsier than the boys’ bike….

Steliart – I completely agree about the back fence. The same thought crossed my mind, but I left it as is.

Greg – I don’t think I’ve seen one with a pivot point like that. Sounds like a good idea.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#11 posted 07-30-2013 03:49 PM

I started to make one of these a while ago….
Got side tracked, not a difficult thing for me!!!

I’m sure you will get plenty of use from it. Looks fantastic!!!

What method did you use to “square” the fence???

-- 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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#12 posted 07-30-2013 04:01 PM

Well, I read about a variety of methods, then I just used my carpenter’s square. Once it was done, I made some test cuts and tested them for square by rotating the cut off piece and seeing if it would still sit square with the main piece. Did a variety of testing that way, and it always came up square.

Not the most scientific method, but worked for me.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#13 posted 07-30-2013 04:51 PM

there ya go… a pink sled to match your pink hammer :^)

Looks great…. did you try the 5-cut trick to check it square?

Be careful if you do… you can approach insanity trying to “perfectly” square up a sled

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#14 posted 07-30-2013 05:04 PM

Your thinking is now of a woodworker. And your projects show it. Nicely done.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 07-30-2013 07:00 PM

Why you wanna cut sleds?

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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