crosscut sled

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Project by MichaelT77 posted 02-03-2014 04:06 PM 2124 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another project from my safety standdown weekend.

This crosscut sled is made from material I’ve had leaning up against the basement wall for years. The runners were ripped from a solid oak board. The pieces on top are from an old sheet of 3/4” oak plywood. I might have used that for the base, but over the years it had developed some curvature. So, I ripped some 3” boards from it, and glued them together (that’s a lot of lamination). Then, I ran those pieces across a jointer so the vertical face (unattractive as it is) is perpendicular to the base. The base is actually from a more recent sheet of 1/2” oak plywood. All the pieces are screwed to the base.

No bells and whistles, and I used material I might otherwise have sent out with the trash. The sled is rigid and strong. No problem clamping on a stop block or anything else. fyi, while I was looking at other people’s ideas, I watched the Wood Whisperer video. The back is square to the cut, and if it works its way out of alignment, I can fix that.

The stitches come out next week, but I still haven’t cleaned up the drops of blood on the basement floor and the steps coming up to the kitchen. Be careful out there.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#1 posted 02-03-2014 04:39 PM

“Down & Dirty”....
“Quick & Simple”....

Either way it is described, it boils down to….
“Safe & sound”!!!

Great little shop addition!

Hope the wound is healing well….
Along with the pride!!!

-- 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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#2 posted 02-04-2014 09:22 AM

ouch…nice addition to your shop…get well…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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