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Considering making a cross cut sled for my table saw. So my question is...if you were to build one today...what features would you design into your build?

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Well, if I had the money I would have....

1. Adjustable metal bars for the miter slots.

2. Kreg tracks and klamps.

3. Adjustable stop block for repeated cuts.

4. Backstop so you can see the blade after the cut is made.

5. Nice smooth flat surface.

Take a look at this....crosscut sled.

>>>....''Backstop so you can see the blade after the cut is made.'".../em>

 

An exposed spinning saw blade poses a potential hazard to the operator.

The hazard exists when an operator completes the saw cut, the exposed spinning blade is nearest the operators arms.  Most dangerous, when wearing clothing, or the like.  The saw blade will catch the clothing material, and pull ones arm and body right into the spinning blade.

An accident waiting to happen.

''Think safety''!

No, it's not exposed, it will be covered so the operator will see the blade and it has completed the cut and will know to stop pushing the sled. Take a look at this image to see what I mean....

I made a similar sled works a treat and has 8mm i believe you call it plexiglass on top too see the blade.

@ James Walker...really nice job mounting the plexiglass.

Understanding the concern of the blade coming through the rear fence, I really like James Walkers solution.  I think this could be taken one step further though and build an assembly that uses the front rail of the TS as a stop block.

Overall team, looks like we are on our way to designing the best table saw sled yet!!  Thanks.

Unfortunately that is not "my" crosscut sled, as I don't have much of a sled right now, meaning I had a sled where now I have 2 half-sleds.

But when I do build another one this is what I want it to look like. That image I just used off the internet as an example to show that the blade is not exposed as the cut is finished.

Photo of a simple sled for cross cutting panels.

Make cleaner crosscuts

The fence-forward design allows you to cut wider workpieces

Stanley,

     Go on YouTube and put in Eagle Lake Woodworking crosscut sled. The guy on there explains how to make a pretty good crosscut sled in fact I'm building one for myself just haven't finshed yet. Good luck.

Hi stanley go on woodworking for mere mortals ,i am sure i have seen you on there.

Thanks Michael Evans...actually I have been to Steve Ramsey's house twice now.  We live in the same town about 20 minutes driving time from each other.  Actually, I sent him an email last week to see if he built a new sled for the Porter Cable saw he was gifted earlier this year.  I have not heard back  from him.

Hi stanley, i never forget a face stanley.Merry Christmas.

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