Cross Cut Sled for the Table Saw

A cross cut sled allows you to make safer, cleaner, and more accurate cuts on the table saw. Using scrap plywood that I had in my shop I finally built myself a cross cut sled. The most important part of the build is squaring the fence to the blade, and ensuring that the cleats on the bottom of the sled slide smoothly. As an extra precaution I added a blade guard to the top of the sled. Furthermore a guard was added to keep my fingers away from the blade as the saw exits the sled after a cut is finished.

Additional blade guard to protect your self as the cut is finished.

Cleats screwed into the bottom of the sled that slide in the grooves on the table. Glue/screw the cleats onto the sled before assembling the fence. This allows you to make the fence perfectly square with the blade.

Blade guard made of plexi-glass to keep you fingers out of the saw and prevent saw dust from spraying all over you while cutting.

Primarily the sled is a 3/4″x24″x24″ piece of plywood and a 20″ scrap of 2 by 4. The grooves in my table saw are exactly 3/4″ wide, so there are a number of different cuts of lumber (any 1 by whatever) that could be used to make the cleats.

About Ryan

Ryan is currently a National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Air Force Research Laboratory. His research area includes Prognostic Health Management of Electronics. For more information please visit: www.rdlowe.com
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