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Forum topic by GrumpyGolfGuy posted 01-25-2021 02:53 AM 374 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-25-2021 02:53 AM

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After all these years I’m finally getting around to building a cross cut sled for my table saw. My dilemma is weather or not to put “T” tracks in it? So I ask those of you using cross cut sleds with and with out “T” tracks, Do you use them enough to justify putting them in?


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#1 posted 01-25-2021 03:17 AM

I’ve made several different types and don’t have T tracks in any of them. My final crosscut sled is a full sled on both sides of the blade with only one miter bar. I like the full sled for safety. After cutting lot of little pieces, I felt like I was getting careless, trying to get the piece I just cut off. I never did like reaching over the sled and stop block to get the cut off piece.

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#2 posted 01-25-2021 03:22 AM

ive made a few and never added t tracks,but that’s me,only you know what you whatever you feel will benefit your one can give you the answer except yourself.

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#3 posted 01-25-2021 03:45 AM

If you’re going to rip with it, sure, but that’s what your fence is for. You hold wood against your miter gage with your fingers don’t you? Maybe just put one on the top of the back fence to use a stop. I love my cross cut sled. Only thing I like better is my jig for cutting 45 degree bevels with a 90 degree blade. Now that one makes my loins warm. :)

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#4 posted 01-25-2021 04:16 AM

No T-track here. I simply clamp to the fence when I need to hold something in place or place a stop block for repeatable cuts. My fence is higher in the middle (or lower on either side) to make it a little easier to place the clamps.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#5 posted 01-25-2021 08:04 AM

Are you talking about down in the bed to put in a holding clamp? Or track up on the fence for a stop block?

I haven’t seen the need to put one in the base. I like something on the fence, because I use a stop block all the time.

Plus if you really want to use it, a light sled will get used a lot more than a heavy one. With that in mind I make my base out of 1/2” BB ply. Cutting into 1/2” ply to set T Track is a T Track not set in worth a hoot IMHO. For the T Track to work it needs 3/4” plywood, and that is the HEAVY sled.

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#6 posted 01-25-2021 10:38 AM

I would say it depends on how small a piece of work. I try to never get within 6 inches of the blade, so my next sled will have several T-tracks for hold downs as a coming project will have a lot of small pieces.

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I think I will also have a clear cover with a dust hose attached. Probably magnetic so it is easy enough to use

Big feature is replaceable zero clearance inserts. Just strips of MDF for both sides of the blade. If I make the right side one easy to put in and out, then I can have them ready made for different width blades of if I need to make a bevel, I can sacrifice one without messing up the sled.

I have seen several designs for half sleds, with a large right side held in the track and with a couple magnets. I like that idea. Pretty much makes it a sliding table setup. It can let you work with much larger pieces.

I prefer my wood blocks and clamps for stop blocks. Every one, even my Osbourne miter gauge, that flips down seems to have just a touch of play. I do like the idea of a stop block on a sliding rod so it can extend a couple feet out to the left.

Search the WEB, there are some really cool ideas out there.

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#7 posted 01-25-2021 12:51 PM

No T track either. Not saying they wouldn’t be handy, and might be a good idea for a beginner.

f I need to hold down a small part, I use another piece of wood or a pencil eraser.

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