190 – FrankenSled (How to Build a Cross-Cut Sled Add-On)

Video - January 15, 2013

Back in Episode 146, we made a simple classic cross-cut sled. That sled is probably the most-used accessory for my tablesaw. But in some cases, the workpiece exceeds the capacity of the sled. For instance, on the current Dogon Platform Bed project I’m making in the Guild, I had several long boards that needed to be cut to the exact same length. My miter saw extension fence and stop aren’t reliable enough to make the cut. Cutting to a line just won’t give the the precision I’m looking for. So my only hope was to come up with a way to cut the pieces at the tablesaw with my cross-cut sled. It’s a pretty basic idea, but once you understand it you will likely find use for it on many projects in the future.

All you need is a long straight board (longer than your workpiece), and a few clamps. I also like to use a roller stand for extra support and a stop block for perfect repeatability.

This is just one of the many ways you can add things onto your cross-cut sled to make it one of the most versatile items in your shop. That’s why I call it Frankensled. A few clamps, some spare parts, a bolt of lightning and a little clinical insanity, and you’ve got yourself a sled that can do just about anything.

I’m curious to know what things you guys have added to your cross-cut sleds to make them more effective. Respond in the comments section below.



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