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Improved Crosscut Sled Clarks Summit PA

Crosscut sleds have been around for a long time, but few are ideal. Many are heavy and hard to store. Most develop an extra-wide saw cut in the fence and allow the blade to throw sawdust in your face. The following design solves all these problems.

Olde Good Things
(570) 341-7668
400 Gilligan Street
Scranton, PA

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The Home Depot
(570)820-5901
41 Spring St
Wilkes-Barre, PA
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Dalton Lumber And Supply Co
(570) 563-1193
Rt 6 And 11
Dalton, PA
 
Viewmont Mall
(570) 348-2300
Rt 6 & Interstate 81
Scranton, PA
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Mon:10-21
Tue:10-21
Wed:10-21
Thu:10-21
Fri:10-21
Sat:8-21
Sun:10-19
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Tue:10-21
Wed:10-21
Thu:10-21
Fri:10-21
Sat:8-21
Sun:10-19

LOWE'S OF SCRANTON, PA.
570 344-9200
901 VIEWMONT DR. DICKSON CITY, PA, 18519
Dickson City, PA
 
The Home Depot
(570)346-3471
800 Commerce Blvd
Dickson City, PA
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Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

Justus True Value Home & Garden
(570) 587-3052
587 Justus Boulevard
Scott Township, PA
 
Kmart 3047 / Cross Merch
(570) 489-7591
1011 Scranton Carbondale Hwy
Scranton, PA
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Monday To Friday Working Hours is :8-22 and for Sat:8-22
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Monday To Friday Working Hours is :8-22 and for Sat:8-22
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Northeast Ace Hardware
(570) 457-5495
629 S Main St, Curves
Old Forge, PA
 
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(570) 344-9200
901 Viewmont Drive
Dickson City, PA
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Improved Crosscut Sled

Improved Crosscut Sled

A split fence guarantees accurate cuts

by Tom Caspar

Whenever I want to make an accurate square cut, I reach for my crosscut sled. Unlike a miter gauge, its right-angle setting doesn’t need constant tweaking. My cuts are always right on the money. 

Crosscut sleds have been around for a long time, but few are ideal. Many are heavy and hard to store. Most develop an extra-wide saw cut in the fence and allow the blade to throw sawdust in your face. My design solves all these problems.

3 New Features

Take a look at these great features:

Zero-clearance subfence. The subfence is composed of two adjustable sides, like many router table fences. When the saw cut between the sides widens with use, simply remove the subfences, re-cut their ends square and re-install them. A zero-clearance slot allows you to quickly make a super-accurate cut. Just align a pencil mark on the workpiece with the saw cut in the fence and you’re good to go. A zero-clearance slot also eliminates tear-out.

Adjustable stops. Two stops mount on the sled’s T-track, making repetitive cuts very easy to set up. One stop is for short stuff; it only travels the sled’s width. The other stop is on a long arm; it’s used for pieces 18 to 48-in. long.

Easy storage. This sled stands upright on either end. In addition, this sled weighs only 24 lbs., making it easy to lift on or off the saw. A clear plastic guard over the blade keeps sawdust from flying in your face. Blocks behind the fence surround the blade when it exits the cut.

I’ve engineered this sled to give you years of reliable use. The fence and back brace are laminated to prevent twist or warp. They won’t sag because they’re stiffened by aluminum. The runners won’t be loose in one season and tight in another, unlike most sleds, because they only bear against one side of the miter slots. 

Sizing Your Sled

Stood on end, this sled is 31-in. tall and just fits under my saw. If you make a shorter sled to fit under your saw you’ll reduce the sled’s 24-in. crosscut capacity.

I used one full sheet (60-in. x 60-in.) of 1/2-in. thick Baltic birch plywood to make my sled’s base, which is 36-in. wide and 31-in. deep. If you’re willing to give up 1-in. of crosscut capacity, you can make the base from one half-sheet of Baltic birch plywood (30-in. x 60-in.). 

Make the Base

1. Cut the base (A) to size. 

2. Make the runners (B). I made mine from the same material as the base: Baltic birch plywood. It’s 1/2-in. thick, but the runners must be 3/8-in. thick. To make the plywood thinner, cut a piece 4 in. wide by 33 in. long. Remove the tablesaw’s guard, raise the blade 1-in. high and set the fence 3/8-in. away from the blade. Stand the plywood on edge and rip both sides. Replace the guard, lay the plywood flat and cut the runners about 1/32-in. narrower than the miter-gauge slo...

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