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#1 posted 02-28-2017 03:46 PM

Yes, that’s a big single-runner crosscut sled to which I screwed the form for the 60 degree cut. I made it specifically for this project, but then I realized there was no reason to add the 90 degree fence at the bottom if all I was going to do was screw on forms for specific odd-shaped parts. Nonetheless the fence will come in handy for crosscuting large pieces of flat stock later.

The single-runner design makes it really easy to make, compared to a two runner design, where you have to use the tedious five cut method to square up the fence. With the single-runner, I just cut one edge and use a roofing square to line up the fence. If I size my runner properly (I cut them from oak), I don’t know why I can’t use the single-runner design for most jobs. I’m going to try it next with a ¼ inch box joint jig.

I’m relatively new to woodworking. This was my first sled:

I made some mistakes when assembling it (namely, taking it off the saw when adjusting the fence so the runners got slightly misaligned, so I had to aggressively sand the runners to get the sled to slide easily and of course that allows some movement in the sled. Very slight, but it’s there). The first one is always a learning experience, right?

Still, I use the smaller sled all the time. For now, it’s works well enough (I’m not making cabinets or furniture or anything like that yet). I found myself using it with screwed on blocks to make smaller odd-sized pieces as in the photo above, so I decided to just make a bigger one when I needed to make these equilateral triangles that are 26¼ inches on a side.

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