That is precisely why the hardboard is there. Bob has an extra-thin kerf blade on so the piece would fall right through the slot on the sled without it.
Great ideas! But always wonder why the sliding table jig instead of a good radial arm saw setup for these types of crosscuts...
just get a small sliding table saw. such a pleasure to use, more accurate, easy to rip on.
actually, probably more like 1/8'' or 3/16'' tempered hardboard. And i would assume he just has it attached to the cross cut sled with double sided tape
I believe it is 1/4in thick tempered hardboard. My guess is he uses it to create a sacrificial zero clearance backer so the small, detailed parts he is cutting with this sort of setup don't tear out or get stuck in the slot between the blade.
I Noticed you have a piece of laminate (?) on top of your cut off box's base & where you place the wood your intending to cut. I am assuming this is attached there to enhance the slide ability of the wood and make less of a problem? Or? The question is what is size to that "extra" piece and is it glued to that cut off box?