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I just built a new cross cut sled for my table saw, I had an old one but it was not as accurate as I need to build the jewelry chess. This time I used ½" Baltic plywood for the base with Maple for the front and rear fence. I went with 1/2 inch plywood so I wouldn't lose very much blade height capacity. I designed the sled with versatility in mind. I added four slots; these slots function the same as t-tracks but keep the top of the sled smooth. The four slots allow for the use of stop blocks, miter fence and other add-on jigs. I routed the hold down slots from the underside first with a ¼" spiral bit all the way through the board, then with a ½" to a depth of ¼" this so that I can accommodate ¼"- 20 bolts. I made some miter fences from ½" Baltic with Maple edges, and also put slots in them to incorporate the use of Toggle Clamps, hold downs.
I used the five cut method as described by William Ng in his video to get a sled dead on square. I also added a stop block/rip fence so that I can rip thin strips of wood for the trim on the jewelry chess. The stop block has a ¼" slot in it so that it can be adjusted. The saw blade protection block is solid Cherry.

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Sweet sled!
 

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Very nice work Jake, looks excellent.
 

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Very nice sled. Can not find the video.
Jeffrey
 

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Nicely done. did you also make cheater setup blanks for commonly used angles? also fyi the video references is not available.
 

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Great job
 

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Nice, I made one just like it a few years ago. I love mine.
 

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This sled you claim you designed is stolen….............by me! nice work
 

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beautiful sled. I am waiting for my Metabo Table Saw. I may have to adopt your design and make a sled for my shop. thanks for sharing this.
 

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Beautiful and functional… Great sled, thanks for sharing…
 

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Very well done and looks like some nice joinery work too, have fun. Alistair
 

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Very nice…. I need one bad, but…. well maybe someday…. lol
 

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Terry, just build one already. It is that simple, and you will not regret it. You will most likely wonder why you took so long to decide that it was/is a good thing to have. ;-)
 
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