Always love the pictures of your sled and jigs. Great craftmanship!!! Would love to see a detail on the replaceable insert.
One note of your comment above. True, but just adding a persective to ponder:
"Your" pictured saw has a depth of cut of 3.25" with a 10" blade. With an 8" dado, that puts it at 2.25". Say you use 3/4" for the base... (I know that's pretty thick, but an extreme example.) That puts the depth of cut at 1.5". 75-80% of dado cuts are less than 3/8". Even if using a 6" dado with the above saw and sled, your depth of cut would be around 1/2".
Just a thought that it might not be that bad... as long a you know where those limits are. Most my sled bases are 3/8" to 1/2", depending on it's intended use.
For dado's, I built this one with a 1/2" base:
Thanks for the Sketchup files Dan, they are really helpful in understanding the design and build of the sled.Here is another cross cut sled you may want to consider. Airman you will find many different variations and this is due in part to what you intend to use it for. When I rebuild mine I will make it big enough to handle what I do most commonly.
Good luck with the build and post some pictures so we can see how you made out.
Hi Steve,TRN thanks for your help. This is what I whipped up the day I got home. It's a variation of a few plans, 24"x36"Baltic birch base, alder front and rear fence with a T track on the top. I installed 2 UHDE runners and i'ts even turned out accurate. Made a little stop and so I am in the sled cutting business.
Thanks Brian - kinda thought that's what they worked best for. I generally use my radial arm saw for anything up to 12" or so wide as it is a lot more accurate then the poor miter gauge that has been on my list for replacement for a long timeDave, accuracy is the main reason people build a crosscut saw sled. The mitre guide that is included with "most" table saws is woefully inadequate. The sled isn't the answer for all cuts of course, but for straight crosscuts it's dead-on accurate when it's setup correctly. You can also build different sleds for dead-on angle cuts.