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Just another boring build thread ... this one is for a sled for my table saw.

I watched the "woodworking for mere mortals" sled video, and thought, "I can make one of those". Then I watched a "5 cuts to a perfect sled" video, and thought, "wow, that is something I should do when I make my sled".

So I looked around the garage and found a piece of 3/4" BC ply that was a good size and got to work. I ground off the tabs of my saw's miter tracks, and ripped a couple of 5/8" pieces for the runners and glued them on the bottom.

The "5 cuts" guy made his front face 1 1/2" thick, so I cut two 3" wide pieces to glue together for that. I found another shorter piece of 3/4" ply scrap I could used for the back face. The "mere mortals" guy put a t-track in his, so I put a t-track in mine. I glued the back support down, and put one screw in each end the front face.

That is where I am now: ready to make my 5 cuts and tweak the front face to make it perpendicular.

You will notice that the front face is not flush against the edge of the slde: that is because my square showed that this orientation for the face is closer to 90 than having it flush against the edge.
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Another reference for a crosscut sled build.

How to Make a Cross-Cut Sled | The Wood Whisperer

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Good job Chris. I'm sure you'll like that and be getting some good use out of it.

The first thing you might find that will help with a sled that size on a table that size is some outfeed support. Most tables have the blade somewhat to the rear of the table. That makes for the back of the sled mostly off the table as you finish your cut.

I use a lot of sleds. To the point to where I rarely use my rip fence.

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Once it is finished, Chris, you will wonder how you could do wood work without it.

The only down side is replacing the splitter and guard when you want to rip on the table saw.

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Another reference for a crosscut sled build.

How to Make a Cross-Cut Sled | The Wood Whisperer

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This guy's video is just like the "5 cuts" guy's ... thanks!

the sled I am making is much smaller than many the ones these guys show ... my saw is also much smaller. it only has 12" on either side of the blade., and is only 17" front to back.

also, i used pine for the runners,

version 2 (whenever i get around to making another one) will be larger and have hardwood runners.
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You're right tablesaw sleds are one of the best jig .
You will wonder how you got along without one in the past.
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Chris you will find using a softer wood like pine will wear and you may need to replace them in the future depending on how much you use your sled. I have found the hardwood runners work better and with a little application of Paste wax glide very nicely giving you a smooth operating guide.

I need to make a new sled and one big enough to make Cross Grain cutting boards as shown on the Wood Whisper. With my sled I will incoporate the Greg T-Track with flip stop for repetive cuts. I have the Greg at my mitre station and can use the stop at both locations if nee be so the added cost of the T-Track should make it a good option.
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That's the thing about me ... ALL the wood I have is either pine or plywood. I MIGHT have one piece of oak somewhere ... think I could locate that if someone was holding a gun to my head?

The piece of ply I had lying around was 24"x24", so after cutting the pieces for the fences, it was 18x24. After putting the fences on there, there is about 15" of space between the fences.

So this sled is definately not as good or as big as it could be, but it will no doubt be better than what I am doing currently.
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Baby steps lol. Rome was not built in a day. Everyone has different uses and as long as it suits you that is all that is needed.
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I did the 5 cut method tonight, and it was pretty close. I adjusted the fence and locked it down. Phew, that's done.

Now I really need to clean up the shop!
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