what gonna make something with me David battuto and today we're gonna make this crosscut sled for the table saw check you may remember like three or four years ago I made one that broke in the move into the new shop so for the last two years I've just been using this miter gauge the surface of this is melamine and it's got this particle board I don't even know what that's called but this does not Bend like a piece of plywood and it's super super flat I also got a piece of hickory that we're good for runners so I'm gonna cut this to 24 inches which is the depth of our sled this gap is 3/4 of an inch so I've got my fence set to just over 3/4 and we're going to sneak up until we hit that perfect whip you can see it doesn't quite fit in there yet so we're just going to knock over the fence we have the perfect width there's no play in there at all we're gonna go ahead and cut a second one that we have our two runners that fit into the slot perfectly we need to cut this down so it sits below the table saw surface we're gonna keep this but we want to go just below the line that we drew this is a really small cut so you need some sort of sacrificial push stick to push through there I got my blade just above there and it's gonna cut through my push stick so now we need to raise these above the surface we want them when they're on the sled we want them below the surface so it doesn't bottom out but for gluing this on we want to stick some pennies in there to raise it above the surface just temporarily while we glue this on they're gonna use our fence to kinda keep it squared this isn't important right now I want mine to go to the edge of my table saw fence here and we're just going to glue this on then once the glue dries we'll flip this over and reinforce that with screws flip this over drill some holes countersink them and put some screws in there to reinforce that so when you screw this in the wood might spread a little bit making that a little bit tighter but we can sand this down and wax it down to make it nice and slips you want to make sure that is below the surface drops all right in there no play whatsoever so now we're gonna make the fence this is the critical part of a table saw sled I'm using 3/4 inch plywood I have my fence set to 3 inches and we're gonna cut to pieces if you're gonna use your own stop system you can go ahead and glue these two pieces together I'm using the Craig track and stop system and that requires one of these pieces to be cut a little bit shorter and the reason is this is going to go in the front and then this piece needs to go back here but as you can see it's too tall so I need to stagger the pieces and cut this one a little bit shorter so now we're going to glue these two pieces together just with some wood glue instead of just gluing them together and clamping them that that could potentially allow it to banana so you want to glue it to something flat as well I'm going to use my fence here and then just clamp it to the fence so now that this is dry if we're going to put on the Craig track the great thing about this aluminum extrusion is if the board did dry in a banana shape this will pull it straight because this is perfectly straight which is another reason why I like using this so I'm just gonna screw it in place so now that defense is assembled we need to put a little chamfer on the bottom here cuz as dust gets up against it it needs a place to go so it doesn't interfere with the piece so we're gonna go do this over at the router you can do this at the table saw by tilting your blade to 45 degrees whichever way works best for you I'm gonna go ahead and make my curve cut to about 3/4 of the way through and then we can attach the fence and set it to blade you're just going to put one screw in over here and that's going to be our pivot point to allow us to square this up with the blade pre-drill and screw into here a lot of people including myself in the past have used the five cut method I find that unnecessary for the table saw sled for the last two years I've been using this guy and just squaring it up to the blade and that has worked perfectly fine for small projects and big projects my friends can pivot and you want to make sure you're not biting up against the tooth and you're hitting the blade right there come to the other side just to be sure and then once you have that you can move this without moving it and then clamp this in place so I've gone and puts one two and then this would be my third screw in there so now we're gonna make a cut and see if that square so now to make this guy nice and slippery we're just gonna add some paste wax to the runners besides good before we test this guy out I'd like to tell you about today's sponsor and that is Squarespace Squarespace empowers you by providing the tools you need to bring your creative ideas to life on Squarespace is dynamic all-in-one platform you can claim a domain build a website sell online and market your brand 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trust them but it says 90 degrees most people will put a fence in the front as well I don't like doing that eventually this might break I'm a woodworker I can make another one the reason I don't like the fence I can put it on a board that's bigger than my sled to cut so it gives me a few more options and now I can run this through another way to use this is I can take the sled and flip it around this way now I have my friends in the front I can set a board here and push this through this Craig comes with these two stops there's this one that does not move once you lock it into place and this other one that flips up once you lock it into place I rarely rarely ever use this one so this is my stop right here lock that down this will allow you to lift it up and get it all the way when you need to if you do decide to put a fence on the front of your sled you can add a safety feature by putting a piece of plexiglass or a clear acrylic over top of here to keep your hands away from the blade a lot of people will also put a block back here so the blade never gets exposed I'm not going to do that I just know to keep my hands away from there that is how you make it quick and easy crosscut sled for the table saw if you want the dimensions that I'm using there'll be a link down in the description but you can make this any size you want small big I'm actually going to make another one that's smaller and easier to lift up and put on the table saw what I need to do smaller pieces I like to mention that I am doing a meet-up and book signing at Ken Kratz hardwoods here in Toledo Ohio June 8 2009 teen there will be a link down below for more information if you like this video hit that notification bell so you're notified when I put out new videos we'll see you next week with a brand new project as always be safe have fun stay passionate and make something then passionate and make something dan but with me okay stay passionate and make something yes

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42 thoughts on “Dead Simple Table Saw Crosscut Sled | The Easiest and Most Accurate.

  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    Great simple sled! Love seeing things like this

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    Go Blue ! πŸ˜ŽπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    You are easily my favorite woodworker to follow on YouTube!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    Another great shop project, since I know you love those. πŸ˜‰

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    Are you gay? Just wondering . Love your videos bro

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    Very cool and well explained.

    I also like how either quiet your power tools are, or that you turned down the mic volume while using the power tools. Thank you.

    Suddenly loud music or power tools is a bad thing while using headphones.

    For those who are making this like me who are new to woodworking, and choose not to use the stop block where the blade can come through the fence.

    Use some red paint a couple of inches on each side of the cut to remind you NO FINGERS, or you may have NO FINGERS.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    Instead of gluing the runners try using double sided tape, it is less messy and allows for a screw up or 2.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    We use washers now in Canada!πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ Ok forget it… I just wanted to make that same dad gag from your last sled comment section! πŸ˜ƒ Nice job mon ami!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    Most table-saws do not have the blade perfectly centered between the miter slots. So most people will not be able to flip the sled around and still have the kerf match up with the blade.

    You should note that you have to be very careful to attach the sled VERY FIRMLY to the fence if you are only going to have one fence. You essentially have each half of the sled bottom hainging in a long (24-in) cantilever off of the fence. So you should treat that sled gently. Adding a back fence toughens it up considerably.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    I’m certainly not the safety police, but one day you’re going to catch one of your thumbs on the blade that has no guard at the back of the fence….Mark my words! Add it NOW! You won’t regret it.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    "Move it, with out moving it" is that some sort of riddle 😁

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    I WILL be making this! Simple and effective!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    Nice Stuff mister David Piccuto ⭐️⭐️πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    As for squaring the fence instead of squaring to the blade, why not square to the kerf you just cut. Larger length. Put a carpenter's square on it. But this is a REAL good design and I"m going to build one! I'm stealing all your ideas!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    Nice video as always question though David. How high did you make the fence with that T track since you have a saw stop and don't want it to engage.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    Norm Abram and Roy Underhill looking over your shoulder?

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    I almost didn’t even watch this- I made one years ago… but after this, I think I need a new one. Or two.
    Thanks for doin what you do!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    I almost didn’t even watch this- I made one years ago… but after this, I think I need a new one. Or two.
    Thanks for doin what you do!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    Dapper Dan the camera man seemed a little shy at the end there. Great build as always David. Just moved the shop and need to completely reset everything. Between you and Bob I’m getting plenty of ideas on how to set it up again. Thank you.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    I used to make sleds like the one you showed in this video. Now I use an Incra sled with an Incra 1000SE miter gauge. Thanks for a good simple video on making a crosscut sled.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    I've watched several videos about the 5-cut method to square the back fence. I initially thought that was awesome, but then realized, how many cuts do you need to make that are within 3 thousandths of an inch? Most of the time, being within a 16th is good enough, so if you are only 5 thousandths off, does that really matter? I don't think so.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    My squarespace site: www.coregeek.net

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    How do people store these big jigs? I never seem to find any space.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    Thank you very much Dan, Simple and straight forward.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    Nice one Dave

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    Come on Dan, wake up for tou que's πŸ˜‹πŸ˜†πŸ‘

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    The trak link you have listed is for (4) 2’ sections of trak. Yours appeared to be one longer single piece of trak? Thx

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    I didn't know that turning around tip, always learning. Good and simple project, Thanks for sharing !

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    I would prefer a sliding table saw, more accurate and saver….

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    how would you build the sled for the portable saw? My saw has a sort of T channel

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    That could potentially allow it banana. πŸ˜‚

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    You live in Ohio? but you using Canadian Pennies?

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    What is the five cut method?

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    Whoa, did I miss something, is the carpet on the shop floor gone?

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    I just wanted to say thanks to this video because I made one today because my uncle lost my mitre gauge

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    Looking forward to going to Kencraft June 8th!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    Your table saw is bigger than my workshop.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    I gotta get one of these made. Lol'd at the pennies.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    thats a good idea to clamp the fence to the TS when you glue it. I was super careful not to let mine banana when I glued it up and alternated my clamps, but this is a more fool-proof way of doing it.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 12:52 pm
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    5:07 yikes, I'm usually not the safety police type but a free hand cut on the table saw seems like a big no-no

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