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Telescoping Crosscut Sled
This is my adaptation of Steve Maskery’s Crosscut Sled (Workshop Essentials 3 http://www.workshopessentials.com/ ).
The base is 1/2” MDF, 24” x 24”. Thanks to the telescoping fences, I can crosscut stock to just under 60”, and can safely crosscut panels up to 24”. I still need to order a left-handed rule tape to attach to the fence. With a tape in place, I should be able to get accurate length cuts up 22” with the flip stop.
I used maple and oak to make the telescoping fences, the flip stop, the runner that fits my table saw’s miter slot and the diamond-shaped keys between the fence sections and the base.
The distance from the fence is 19.75”, so it is a bit of a stretch, but the payoff is that I can safely cut much wider pieces than if the fence were on the other end of the sled.
The sled this was patterned after is about 4” shorter and 4” narrower … I opted to to go with a 24” x 24” base for the increased cutting capacity. I just wish I would have built it sooner!
Note the diamond-shaped 'keys' on the end of the fence
Sled fence set to accomodate a 30" crosscut
Back end of sled showing position of fences and locking levers
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interesting that your pushing the stock with your hand instead of holding it tight to the fence and pushing the sled... basically reverse of what I'm used to seeing. Do you find it easier to use that way??
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