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05-31-2018 09:01 PM

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I am looking to see how people do cross cutting on there table saws. Are you using a sled of some sorts or just using a miter gauge.

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#1 posted 05-31-2018 09:04 PM

For short pieces I use the miter gauge with an sacrificial fence, longer pieces I use a sled and for really long pieces I cut to rough length with a circular saw or miter saw.

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#2 posted 05-31-2018 09:12 PM

Are you using a sled of some sorts or just using a miter gauge.
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#3 posted 05-31-2018 10:00 PM

Osborne EB-3 miter gauge with fence that has stop block and a sandpaper face.

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#4 posted 05-31-2018 10:02 PM

Rough cuts with a miter gauge. Final / finish cuts with a sled (Dubby).

In fact. most of the cuts are done with the sled. I’ll sometimes do rough cuts with a hand or circular saw (biggish lumber), and I have enough off-cuts of my favorite woods that I can usually select a piece that’s close enough to finish size. And the particular sled I’m using makes it real easy to dial in a length and reliably repeat it.

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#5 posted 05-31-2018 10:31 PM

How do I cross cut on my table saw? I lift the wood right over it and make the cut on my miter saw.

Joking aside, I only have a cheap contractor saw (no space or money for a real table saw). I have a sled I use, made with Micro Jig’s “Zero Play” miter bars which is okay, but the saw is so inaccurate I needed to find a better way. I bought a nice sliding compound miter saw. The cut capacity is big enough for most jobs. Now I leave the table saw set up for rip cuts most of the time.

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#6 posted 05-31-2018 10:33 PM

Short pieces Kreg miter gauge, real small and repeatable cuts sled, hacking planks down to size Hand saw!

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#7 posted 05-31-2018 10:34 PM

Same as Bondo.

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#8 posted 05-31-2018 11:21 PM

I have 4 different size sleds for different size woods…..I hardly ever cross cut with a miter gauge….Depending on what I have to have, I also cross cut with my radial arm saw….Then move it to one of the sleds….!!

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#9 posted 05-31-2018 11:28 PM


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#10 posted 06-01-2018 12:22 AM

I have the stock miter gauge locked at 90 degrees with a long laminated plywood sacrificial face and it’s equipped with a flip stop.
I mostly use that in the right miter slot when I cut 45 degree bevels.

I have an Incra HD1000 that I use in the left miter slot, it’s good for batching out parts.

I use the crosscut sled a lot.
It is especially useful for small parts.

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#11 posted 06-01-2018 12:30 AM

Yep, same as above. Icra Miter, and crosscut sled.

I think the Incra V27 is a great value and you can add a face to it.

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#12 posted 06-01-2018 01:39 AM

These two are the most commonly used ones. I have a larger sled but no pics. Nothing fancy, no special miter bars just wood screws and some glue. Little time tuning them up and they have remained accurate.

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#13 posted 06-01-2018 01:45 AM

I have an Osbourne EB-3. I use it for most cuts. There is even a video on how to use it for crosscutting panels.
I will probably make a dedicated small parts sled but I use the EB-3 for everything else. I sometimes rough cut full sheets with a circular saw and cut them to finish on the table saw too.

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#14 posted 06-01-2018 03:22 PM

I use a sled for all cross cuts. I only use my Osborne miter gauge if making an angled cut.

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#15 posted 06-01-2018 03:49 PM

Hammer K3 Slider …

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