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TS sled

Postby Lurker » 26 Jul 2023, 11:22

My cross cut sled (or is it sledge?) reached the end of its life. Because of the design they only last a few years, but the pros outweigh the cons. I have used the same design for my past two TS over a good ten years.
Not sure where I found the design, but it eliminates all the flaff of removing the riving knife etc.
The base is just part of an old MDF kitchen cupboard door.

The tall bit at the front ensures that my hands are well clear of the blade, the small bit is just belt and braces incase I break though, not that I have ever done so.
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Re: TS sled

Postby Cabinetman » 26 Jul 2023, 13:55

I’ve never had one, presumably there are a couple of pieces of wood running in the slots in the TS top?
Suppose they wear slack after a while.
I’ve been fortunate to have had a Sedgwick with a built in cross slide, the only drawback with that is the (1 1/2”) steel bar sticking out the front that can give a nasty bruise till you remember its there.
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Re: TS sled

Postby Lurker » 26 Jul 2023, 14:26

Yeah, this is the underside , it stays surprisingly accurate during its life.
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Re: TS sled

Postby Woodbloke » 27 Jul 2023, 08:15

Cabinetman wrote:I’ve never had one, presumably there are a couple of pieces of wood running in the slots in the TS top?

Yebut, you're running a professional workshop in the UK and those things are illegal if you have to remove the riving knife and/or crown guard - Rob
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Re: TS sled

Postby Andyp » 27 Jul 2023, 12:44

It is not hard to make a crosscut sled and keep the riving knife, I have two.

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Re: TS sled

Postby Lurker » 27 Jul 2023, 13:08

My design retains the blade guard, I pushed it up for the first photo but you can see the base and the wing nut, but it is used with the sled.
Takes literally seconds to put on the table .
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Re: TS sled

Postby chataigner » 29 Jul 2023, 10:50

I'm also a great fan of shop made xcut sleds. Mine gets used almost daily. I have an overhead mounted blade guard and vac attachment that stays in place when using the sled.

However, I must ask why would you want a riving knife for cross cutting ?
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Re: TS sled

Postby Andyp » 29 Jul 2023, 10:59

chataigner wrote:I'm also a great fan of shop made xcut sleds. Mine gets used almost daily. I have an overhead mounted blade guard and vac attachment that stays in place when using the sled.

However, I must ask why would you want a riving knife for cross cutting ?


Of course David but my TS gets used for ripping too.
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Re: TS sled

Postby Lurker » 29 Jul 2023, 12:01

chataigner wrote:
However, I must ask why would you want a riving knife for cross cutting ?


My riving knife holds the guard in place, also taking the riving knife off and then replacing it is a good ten minutes.
With my set up, I can go between ripping and crosscutting in ten seconds assuming that I use the same blade.
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