in this video I'm going to show you how to make a crosscut sled using Craig's precision track and stop kit here I got a sheet of three-quarter-inch maple plywood I'm breaking that down using the guide and my handsaw I'm going to rip that down to about 39 inches I believe and then go ahead and cut the final dimensions on my table saw after I got the stop set to the distance I want it I got my trim cut blade in there that's an 80 tooth blade give a nice fine cut with no tear out I'm going to go ahead and cut all the parts for the table saw sled here I'm using my Craig precision stop kit go ahead and get all these cut down to their final dimension I'll use my miter saw here it's just more speedy and efficient now you can cut large boards on your miter saw if you watch this technique here just tilt it up and there you go adjust the stop and go ahead and make your next cut this kits great with your doing a lot of repeat cuts you can just set those stops and you go to work first thing I do is pre drill and countersink some holes for the back support that way I can get that glued up so it has a little bit of time to dry and set up before I get to building the rest of the sled I line everything up and go ahead and bury some inch-and-a-quarter screws down on them just using regular drywall screws here nothing special here I'm inserting this rail slides into the miter tracks and I'm gonna let them hang out a little bit and this is the technique I use to attach the bottom board on the sled you go ahead and set your fence to the distance that you want the sled to be from the blade and go ahead and just pull it out a little bit and then as you pull out the sled fasten in those tracks keep the edge of the board against the fence the best you can as you do this now it's not critical because you're going to be able to square up the back fence that you're putting on the sled to give you that perfectly square cut after the fact but the closer you get now the less work you have to do in the long run you're going to want to go ahead and attach the back fence now with just a screw on each side that way it can pivot once you need to adjust it down the line next thing you're going to want to do is slowly raise the blade through the bed of the sled after doing this you wanted to barely poke through and you want to go ahead and bring it to each edge without going the whole way – that way you'll have the reference line for the center of where your cuts going to be here I'm attaching the back brace I just make sure that I line it as close to center as possible like I said it's not completely crucial nothing will be referred to this piece of wood you're just going to have it there for support here I'm using the five cut method to square my board and make sure my fence is ready to go and good and square I'm not going to show you how to do this but you can go ahead and Google or YouTube a video I'll post a link in the description of a good detail one I used and there you go nice and square I think it was off by like two 1000 so I'm not sure but after that you can go ahead and start fastening down the fence permanently same formula as I've been using this whole build countersink some holes and then go ahead and use some screws to fasten down the fence you're going to want to make sure that all the heads of these screws are below the face of the base of this slide and now for the fun part attaching the track system this is pretty simple I just went ahead and screwed the one piece in first and then I'm going to go ahead and measure the second part to be cut I did it this way because I didn't want to cut twice so I only wanted to cut once so I let it overhang the center and then I measured it metal soft enough that you can do it right on your miter saw so you can see here breezes right through and then you can just go right back to your sled and screw it in you have to pre-drill these holes so measure those out beforehand and you can use any metal that you have in a little bit of lubricant and you should be fine here I'm pre-drilling the second board for support on the back of the sled it's going to sit below the track that ways both stops that you use on this track system can still freely glide along the top all I'm doing here is the same as before countersink it some holes and then drone some screws in this last piece here is just a 2×4 I cut down a size and rounded over the edges and it's going to go over where the blade comes out on the back of the saw now this doesn't stop the saw blade it's just there for a reminder and for you to put your thumbs on while you move the sled after she's built just go ahead and apply some wax to the base I'm using paste wax just rub it all over get it on those slides and the bottom it'll give you a nice smooth easy Glide and there you go stops real easy to use and go ahead and move it to wherever you want lock it in and you can make easily repeatable cuts I want to thank everyone for watching and I want to thank Craig for the track system if you like this video please subscribe and leave any comments you have down below thanks

How To Make an Easy Table Saw Cross Cut Sled | 8 Minute Video

41 thoughts on “How To Make an Easy Table Saw Cross Cut Sled | 8 Minute Video

  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    That defeats the whole purpose of the table saw itself

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    Lots of reaching across a moving saw blade in this film. Pretty sketchy stuff.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    Not turning the saw off before making adjustments is just asking for a heap of trouble!

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    👍+10

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    Hello jhon, great jig, I ask you to watch the first minutes of the video and pay attention to how close your hands pass near the closing in movement, be very careful please, the rest very good.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    You can use woodprix plans. The best handbooks and very detailed instructions. You can learn much from them and make it yourself.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    I will make it myself this week I think. Just got instructions from woodprix website and I'm ready for do it 😀

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    Let's go to woodprix website, if you want to learn how to build it yourself.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    What paste did you apply to the plywood?

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    Mistake I made on my sled a while back – I built it similar to this, and then later on decided to use it with a dado. When I put my fence support in, I used the same screws and had them fairly close to the blade (similar to how you have it, although probably closer). When I set it up and ran my sled through the blade to widen the slot, It hit a screw head and absolutely destroyed half the stack 😀 I'd recommend to anyone who might ever do that, keep your screws far away from the blade path.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    The cross cut sled looks pretty good, a couple of your safety practices on the other hand kinda suck. If your going to make an instructional video, you might want to consider the newbies who know nothing, and have a monkey see monkey do mentality. I'm pretty sure you'd feel pretty bad if someone was to get seriously injured because they followed bad practices they watched on yours or somebody else's video. Especially if a company like Kreg is supplying you with some of their products, it's incumbent upon you to showcase their products in a safety conscious environment. Oh and as far as making an accurate cross cut sled you might want to check out the five cut method for tuning in your cross cut sled. It works and it works well. After using the five cut method on my sled, it's accurate to with in ten thousands of an inch. That's akin to a blonde c**t hair split three times. Lol. But ya the sled looks good, and the rest of the video was alright too.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    You got a cut list for this sled?

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    Lets see 8×8= 1 year…🤪 before i get that done.. pfff

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    sounded to me like he didn`t want to do it or that he found it realy boring

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    It's only 8 minutes because you speeded it up. lol

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    Well done, glad I watched it before I moved ahead on my sled.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    Great Job ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🛠⚙️☠️🎸⭐️

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    Yes, your left side leaf is low and it probably is a problem for you.. hopefully, the sled cures that for you..

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    Most useful sled I’ve found on YouTube

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    Lengths? stopped watching after 35 seconds

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    I have to agree with Ron, very bad safety practices. Along with what Ron mentioned, I would NEVER consider lifting a piece of material while cutting (see 1:06). What if the piece slipped, broke, kicked back or his hand slipped? No more hand or fingers…

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    Thanks for sharing John! I built one of my own today with one difference, I extended my sled by 8 inches because I wanted to have a 2 foot trak and stop system on my sled (per side). Squared everything up and it's as accurate as can be! I couldn't be happier and believe this is one of the best, if not the best sled a woodworker can have!

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    How wide can you crosscut using that flip up technique?

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    hello John, nice sledhow man pounds does it Wright? 🙂

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    Don't use drywall screws. I broke one and had to redo my sled because I wasn't able to adjust the sled.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    ładne, bardzo ładne 🙂

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    what type of screws did you use to attach the sliding bars to the sled? I know they are 1/4 20 but which kind? yours seem to have flat head. where did you purchase these screws?

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    When you have to wait 8 minutes for something

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    The sled I made wood have come out a lot better had I watched this first.  I made some mistakes, but at least it made for a good YouTube video for my channel.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    couldnt hear anything you were saying….

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    Nice and simple video on the sled. I'll be getting the parts tomorrow to make one.
    How do you like your Bosch miter saw with the articulating arm? Have you noticed any flex on the arm? My current sliding miter saw is just to honking big!!
    Ron

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    what kind of paste wax did you use I just bought min wax finishing wax natural I want to now if I bought the right one can you let me now

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    Nice and easy build for beginners. Thanks for posting the plans too.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    well dude, I have to say . . . you are pretty much an idiot and your skills are absolutely atrocious

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    I enjoyed watching it. You didn't mess around with tons of useless verbiage.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    Rail slide and track system all from Kreg?

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    Why do you have to use the edge guide for the first cut of plywood? Could you not just do it on the table saw?
    I'm a noob, so I understand cross-cutting is an issue amongst a fence, but I thought it didn't matter with plywood?

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    What kind of mitersaw is that?

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  • June 20, 2019 at 8:15 pm
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    Hahaha! Silly me, I thought you were saying you built it in 8 minutes.

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