Need rec for cross-cut sled for table sw
I have a Bosch worksite table saw and would like to purchase somesort of combination cross cut sled and miter saw. I would like it to handle larger pieces of wood as I currently have a table top that I need to cut down.
Can anyone recommend brand/model. I am currently considering the Dubby Cut off fixture and Incra Miter Express Sled
Edited 4/25/2007 1:23 pm ET by velomark
The Dubby is an excellent unit, if cost isn't a factor. I made my own from 1/2" plywood and laminated both sides to stiffen it and added an infeed and outfeed platform for large pieces. At least this set-up can be made any size at a reasonable cost. The infeed and outfeed platform also have the miter guage slots so the piece and sled glide smoothly. You can make the infeed and outfeed platforms so they fold down next to the cabinet when not in use. The outfeed can stay in line with the table top if the motor is not enclosed in the saw cabinet. The extra platforms come in handy for long pieces.
I used the Incra Miter Express sled for a while. I'm afraid I wouldn't really recommend it. Its quite flimsy and doesn't provide the stability of a sled that passes over the blade as a single unit. As you probably know, the Incra has one panel that is fixed to the table and the panel on the other side of the blade slides.
I would recommend that you consider just making a simple 90 degree crosscut sled for pennies on the dollar and using the money saved to invest in a really good aftermarket miter guage for angled cuts.
Take a look at the JoinTech unit. Very accurate and rugged.
I assume you are referring to the JoinTech Smart Miter? It looks great but is a little pricey. Have you used the Dubby Single Cutoff Fixture? How do they compare? I suppose you have to compare the SmartTech to the Dubby Double for a valid comparison?
No - I have not used the Dubby. I hear that it is accurate. The point that convinced me to go with the JoinTech Smart Miter is the patented 'swivel". I can't figure out how they do it (I guess I'm not supposed to) but the cut end of the board is supported AT THE CUT LINE no matter what angle is set. I have no trouble setting angles to 1/2 or 1/4 degree - dead on! It is rugged unit.Frosty
I have used the Dubby for years. Love it. It is adjustable down to a gnat's eyebrow. Try that with a homebrew. It is doable, but few do. The Dubby is also light, and is easy to do angles with, etc.
Measure your output in smiles per board foot.
The only thing I don't like about my Dubby is when near the end of cut, the weight of the cutoff can pull off a corner; that last 1/4". Do you do anything to address this?
I have not encountered your problem. It may be that I am doing lighter work than you. The Dubby is very light, as I said in my message. A homemade crosscut sled can be made which used both miter slots and which is much much heavier.
Hope that helps, but it does not answer your question directly.
MelMeasure your output in smiles per board foot.
Maybe I'm using it for the wrong purposes. I'll cross cut a long board into pieces (that is too wide for my chopsaw. When you've made say 90% of the cut, and all that weight is riding on a smaller and smaller area, it can break off a splinter or longer chip.
The owner's manual or the video that comes with the dubby describes how to make a platform that sits on the opposite side of the blade as the dubby. It is basically a piece of MDF the same thickness as the dubby -- it has a strip of hardwood underneath to fit the miter slot -- this keeps it from moving side-to-side. It also has strips of wood underneath at the front and back to keep it from moving front-to-back. It looks like it is very easy to put on and take off the saw as needed. Once there it levels the table on the opposite side of the blade with the dubby. This takes care of the problem of the cut-off dropping off.Lefky
Ah, so there is a missing part to this picture. I got my Dubby about 10 years ago. Durned if I remember anything about what you're explaining to me. Thanks.
I really like the Dubby. It is easy to adjust to square. Plus the miter scale is on the left edge of the unit -- because the scale is so far from the pivot point of the fence the degree increments are very far apart making for very accurate miter angles. The cross cut width is 24". And it has a stop for repeat cuts.
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