Quicky Crosscut sled

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Project by sgtq posted 11-20-2013 02:05 AM 2791 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided I need a crosscut sled, I was cutting crosscuts against the fence and last week I experienced my first major kickback accident.. The piece came back and hit me in my ribs luckily not doing any damage but it made me realize how dangerous what I was doing was. I loosely based this off of the miter sled in the last woodsmith magazine. The runners are MDF, the bottom is 1/2 ply and the back/front are walnut. The whole project only took around 45 minutes and it works great. I squared the fence to the miter gauge and ran a couple of test cuts, I have never gotten more square cuts and I am super excited. (plus I feel much safer lol) Thanks for looking

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#1 posted 11-20-2013 02:26 AM

You will enjoy having it, and will get a lot of use out of it. Nice job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 11-20-2013 03:03 AM

Nice job. I’ve been meaning to make a new one too. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- If it ain't broke, you're not trying. - Red Green

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#3 posted 11-20-2013 03:31 AM

Nice first CC sled, you will find that many of your saw ops will be much improved and (as you mentioned) safer ! I have done a lot of research and have made several different sleds over the years and enjoy the versatility they offer. Good luck with yours and thanks for sharing.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#4 posted 11-20-2013 06:37 AM

I recently upgraded my tablesaw (well a little bit anyhow) and gave the old one to my son-in-law. Since the sleds I had were built for it, I sent them along too…and gosh I sure miss them. I have managed to replace the miter sled but still need to do a crosscut sled…thanks for giving me a little inspiration to get that done.

-- 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 11-20-2013 09:30 AM

Nice job, Sleds are great and once you have then you wonder why you didnt make one sooner. I made one and put a saftey block on the end… Ck it out here,


There are many great sleds out there, and I susoect you will be making your own improvements on yours over the yrs…

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

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#6 posted 11-20-2013 11:12 AM

Good looking sled Ken, I like the sliding stop block and might have to incorporate that! Thanks for all the comments!

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#7 posted 11-20-2013 07:58 PM

Nice sled. Quick question though… Why didn’t you use the walnut for the runners instead of MDF? The runners will be getting the most wear and would probably be more durable in walnut then MDF.

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#8 posted 11-20-2013 11:15 PM

Good job sir. Enjoy those marvelous cross cuts. You’ll love it more when you need to shave a hairs length off a board. Oh yeah – Precision!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#9 posted 11-21-2013 12:37 AM

Very nice. Simple and efficient.

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#10 posted 11-21-2013 12:37 AM

Actually scvwood, I don’t know why I said meg it’s actually half inch ply and the walnut is actually a good idea!! I am sure when they need to be replaced I will do it with walnut! This was a quickly job and I probably should have thought it out more lol

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#11 posted 11-21-2013 09:56 PM

Nice looking sled. Simply functional.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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