Cross Cut Sled

Cross Cut Sled

Last week I built a table saw sled Cabinet. Here is my first sled that fits into the cabinet. Every shop should have a crosscut sled. There are many advantages to having one. Safety, speed, and repeatable cuts are just a few examples. Let’s build this!

Make sure your 90 degree to the table.
Rip a piece of hardwood to the size of your table saw slot. I was a pinch off, using the drum sander I got down to a great fit. Then I ripped the it again to fit just under the height of the saw slot.
Put a few coins in the slot and rest runners on top. Make sure the runners are just a little over the table saw top. Place the platform on top of the runners bringing the fence up the the platform and adjust until you like where the blade will contact the platform. I placed my blade right in the center, but you don’t need to. Once your happy with the placement. Align the front part of the runners to the front of the saw. Place a little CA glue on the runners and place the platform on top. A little weight to hold until the glue sets. Then you will be able to lift everything and reinforce the runners with screws. Cut the extra runners off if needed.
I used 3.5″ for the height of the both front and back fences. I cut 4 of them to glue up two pair, just to make them a little thicker.
My sled is a little different because I have a cabinet to hold the sleds. In the cabinet there are dados to place the sleds. For this reason I can’t run the fence all the way to the edge of the platform. I placed the platform in the cabinet and marked a line to get the right measurement for the fence. I cross cut the both fence to the same size and rounded over the top edges. The front fence received a dado for a t-track.
Cut the t-track to size place into the dado.

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 The back fence is glued and screwed in from the bottom.
The front fence has to be 90 degrees from the blade. I used a framing square. I took my time and came really close. Go check out Nick Ferry’s Video on his cross cut sled. He does a five cut method and explains it in depth to get this part right. Once you like the setup screw the fence from the bottom. I would glue this just incase you need to adjust it later.

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My results from a framing square.
You can see here a relief cut at the bottom, inside face of the front fence. This is for saw dust. The t-track inserted close the the top. This is for a stop block. I cut six piece to test it out and all of them was the same. I’m all good with that!
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