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crosscut sled, where have you been all my life?

by jamsomito
posted 12-20-2018 02:45 PM


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Monty151

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#1 posted 12-20-2018 06:36 PM

Congratulations on your first sled. They really make a difference in the cut, and saves a lot of time.

Mine is similar to yours at the moment, but when the holidays are through I plan on making a really nice one.

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BFamous

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#2 posted 12-20-2018 10:55 PM

I currently have a super sled my dad made, and despite it being ridiculously heavy to take on and off my ts, I love the thing.

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com

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jamsomito

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#3 posted 12-20-2018 11:01 PM

That things huge, haha. Looks awesome!

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BFamous

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#4 posted 12-20-2018 11:20 PM



That things huge, haha. Looks awesome!

- jamsomito


Haha, it is… But having the slots for miters comes in very convenient when doing repetitive miter cuts, particularly when they aren’t 45s

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com

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#5 posted 12-20-2018 11:28 PM

Congrats.
Adding a miter jig to your cross cut sled will have same glorious benefit when making picture frames too. :)

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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BlasterStumps

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#6 posted 12-20-2018 11:41 PM

jamsomito, I’d like to make a suggestion for your new sled. Add a cover block to the sled so that it covers the blade when it comes thru the front of the sled. I even added a stop block to mine so that when it gets pushed far enough forward that it completes the cut, the sled hits the stop block. That way the blade will stay covered.

-- "I build for function first, looks second. Most times I never get around to looks." - Mike, western Colorado

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jamsomito

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#7 posted 12-21-2018 12:18 AM

Yep, great idea. This was built out of necessity for the current project and I didn’t have time for frills. It made me a little uncomfortable without it so I always made sure to watch out for it this go around. But I’m a big fan of idiot proofing, considering I am one. It’s next on the list.

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ArtMann

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#8 posted 12-21-2018 12:38 AM

I know this information has been published before but let me complement you for sharing it again. I hope some new table saw owners will read this advice and take it to heart.

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#9 posted 12-21-2018 12:47 AM

Just weld on a block of alder for the blade guard. It’ll be the best out there.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#10 posted 12-21-2018 02:21 PM


Add a cover block to the sled so that it covers the blade when it comes thru the front of the sled. ...That way the blade will stay covered.

- BlasterStumps

Yep +1^^^ For my sled I just used a chunk of 4’x4” leg stock cut off to the back side of the rear fence, that covers the blade when it penetrates the back fence. Also I most always keep a hand on the left and a hand on the right side of the fences for cuts so that my “habit” keeps my hands clear, unless I’m using the pencil trick for small cuts

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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PPBart

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#11 posted 12-21-2018 06:48 PM


...If you don t have a crosscut sled, make one!...

Best shop accessory I ever made/acquired! Currently building another for use with dado set and to cut perfect miters.

-- PPBart

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corelz125

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#12 posted 12-22-2018 12:52 AM

Nice sled bfamous it eliminates having 2 different sleds. Fridge do you use 7018 or 6010 wire when welding alder?

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Ub1chris

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#13 posted 12-22-2018 04:02 AM

I also went years without and had a similar “wow” moment when I first used one. Now I couldn’t live without it.

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WoodenDreams

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#14 posted 12-22-2018 08:41 AM

If you install a T-track on your rail, and add a flip stop, helps verses using a F-clamp as a stop for repeated cuts.

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