Crosscut Sled for Large Panels
Steve Fikar's panel sled is guided by a single runner in one miter slot attached to a torsion-box base to keep the sled light.
Synopsis: Crosscutting large sheet goods accurately can be a challenge, so most woodworkers turn to a crosscut sled. The typical design tends to be very heavy when built to hold a large sheet, so Steve Fikar designed this sled, guided by a single runner in one miter slot, that runs along one side of the blade. Torsion-box construction keeps the base from getting too heavy. The single runner is made from a steel bar for durability.
I cut out large plywood parts pretty regularly for a variety of woodworking projects, including cabinets for the house and shop. Ripping these big pieces on the tablesaw is easy enough, but crosscutting them accurately is a challenge. A tablesaw crosscut sled will do the trick, of course, but if you stick to the usual design, a large-capacity sled tends to be very heavy. So I decided to start with a clean slate and…