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I've built a cross cut sled and I'm wondering how I should use it. I'm cutting fairly small things so I'm a bit nervous about holding things with my fingers. If I don't hold it, then I've found that the things move slightly. Do people tend to clamp things on the sled?

Another thing I've tried is using a push stick, pushing towards the back of the sled, (against my pushing motion). Is this a safe/reasonable thing to do? I use it side on, so it's not hard to reach.

Is there much chance of a kickback? I removed the riving knife when I made the sled.
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I've managed to keep them steady now. I've been holding them firmer at the start and also having a stop block clamped in place. They don't move now
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I would install some type of clamping device for small pieces. Fingers are important IMHO. Is there a reason you removed the riving knife? Using a sled does NOT remove the possibility of kickback occurring.

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I've built a cross cut sled and I'm wondering how I should use it. I'm cutting fairly small things so I'm a bit nervous about holding things with my fingers. If I don't hold it, then I've found that the things move slightly. Do people tend to clamp things on the sled?

Another thing I've tried is using a push stick, pushing towards the back of the sled, (against my pushing motion). Is this a safe/reasonable thing to do? I use it side on, so it's not hard to reach.

Is there much chance of a kickback? I removed the riving knife when I made the sled.
You may have already found out but all you need to do is hold the piece enough to keep it from moving after its cut. The sled is the safest way to cross cut on the table saw. If I'm cutting super small pieces I use a small stick to hold the piece from moving. Your sled should be made with zero clearence. If its not. mud in the slot with bondo and make a new cut.

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I found it easier to cut very small things on a sled I made for my bandsaw.

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Exclamation clamping...

This is what I did on a recent project.

This would be very easy to copy....
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A couple of toggle clamps and you'll be a lot more comfortable cutting small pieces.
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James,

I really like your sled. Several questions, if I may...Material used for base, size of base, how many runners and made of what? I have seen many versions of a sled and this looks to be the best I have seen. Thanks.....learning and asking....

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This is what I did on a recent project.

This would be very easy to copy....
Nice Jig James, its the correct answer. N

The other answer is Optus, still it seems to be fixed now. N
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