Crosscut Sled for the Tablesaw


Welcome back folks, in my last video
of course I posted my panel cutting crosscut sled and so in this video I’m
going to be building this more common style crosscut sled, which although is quite similar in how
it works, provides a slightly different function.
If you didn’t catch my last video be sure to check that out just here, because there’s some useful building
instructions in that, which I didn’t really want to cover again in this video. I just
felt it would be a little bit boring if I did that. With the runners milled to exactly the
right width, just like when I made my panel cutting sled, I’m using the same CA glue trick to
temporarily attach the runners to the sled. Once it’s dry I can slide it out of the slots and now I’m fixing the rails in place with a
few short screws. Next up is the fence and I’m just using solid wood (Pine) for this, although I do think a few sheets of
plywood laminated together, would also be a really nice option. To
avoid wasting too much wood, I’m actually laminating two pieces together. Just before I fix the fence to the
sled, I’m making sure to see that it sits nice and square, to the surface
of the sled. It does seem to be pretty good. I’m
putting a small round over on the top of the fence, just so it’s a bit more
comfortable to use. Once again, I’m cutting a small chamfer
against the bottom of the fence, to stop small wood chips from skewing the
registration against the fence. To attach the fence I’m going to start by
making a cut through the sled, being careful to stop just before the blade exits. Because of the chamfer which I cut
against the bottom and of the fence, I’ve actually clamped on a secondary
board, which I know to be nice and flat, so that I can get good registration,
with the square, against the fence. If I pull the sled
past the front edge, just slightly, I can drive a screw up here at one end and I’ve already
drilled a pilot hole for this screw. I’ve wedged this steel rule into the
kerf left by the saw blade and that will give me a far better surface to
reference against, than if I was just to try and reference
against the saw blade alone. Now I can butt this framing squared up
against it and because of that single screw I
can pivot the fence to the point where it’s just
square. And when I think I’ve got it just about
right, I can slide it carefully, just off the back again and I can clamp it down and drive
another screw. I’m checking to make sure that the fence
is still in square and now I can drive a final screw in at
the far end of the fence like before. I’m performing a test cut to make
sure that the sled produces adequate results. Wide boards, such as this, will help to
identify any errors. Of course, if the results aren’t adequate, you can simply remove the second two
screws and try again. So, that seems to be pretty good really,
I’m certainly happy to leave it at that. I’m adding this strip at the back of the sled, just to add some support. To finish up the fence, I’m driving
several longer screws here in the tall portion of the fence, as well as some shorter ones along the
length of the fence, to make sure the fence is well supported. I hope you enjoyed these two short
videos on building crosscut sleds, if you happen to have a table saw they
can be really useful accessories to have. I’ve posted a couple of
links down in the description, to two more videos, about building cross cut sleds, from
other YouTube personalities, which I think you might find of quite
a bit of use, if you intend to build a crosscut sled yourself. As there always is, there’s also links
down in the description to my YouTube channel, which you can subscribe to, as well as of course, like me on Facebook
and follow me on Twitter etc. Take care everyone, I’ll see
you next time, bye bye.

Antonio Breitenberg

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