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A crosscut sled will increase safety, speed and accuracy of your crosscuts on the table saw. This simple project can be built in a couple of afternoons. The plan set and SketchUp drawings are available for download.
The construction starts with a 3/4 MDF base. Incra miter bars, or quarter sawn stock are secured to the bottom of the base. The fences are 10/4 Maple.
The front fence is mounted with ¼-20 x 4 hex head bolts to steel threaded inserts in the MDF base. Oversized holes in the front fence allow for fine adjustment of the fence square to the blade. This feature makes realignment a snap.
A piece of T-Track is inset into the face of the front fence providing an attachment point for a stop block, hold down clamps and an extended fence.
A block of maple secured to the rear fence provides an extra degree of safety from the saw blade partially exiting the rear fence.
I got a significant degree of inspiration from Gary Rogowski’s article Build a Simple Crosscut Sled for the Tablesaw.
Hopefully this will inspire a sled for your shop!
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Your crosscut sled resolves my doubts about other crosscut sled designs I've researched. The outstanding feature of your design is the capability of adjusting the fence initially and later on. The same holds true for the runners. I appreciate your good design work and your willingness to share with other woodworkers. Just viewing your video has helped me immensely.
Thanks David, I am planning to build a cross cut sled myself soon and will follow your design. I look forward to seeing details on the additions you still plan to make to the sled. Cheers...
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