hello everyone I'm calling Canet today I'm going to make this prototype jig of a crosscut sled for the circular saw and the purpose of this jig is to make good accurate cuts and a portability but also to try and preserve sawdust from flying around all over so stick around and watch how this turns out so where this all stem from is a friend of mine who manages a commercial business and from quite often he tells me that he has to go around and cut little pieces of wood from time to time and they need usually need to be fairly accurate so I'm not sure what he's doing but and he doesn't want to pack around sawhorses and he's trying to reduce dust so I said leave it with me and let me see if I can come up with something and we'll we'll take it from there so that's what we're going to do today and that's the purpose of it so we'll see how this all turns out so let's head over to the table saw and get started so the first thing I need to cut is the skid where the deck of the saw is going to ride on and I want to use the thinnest material I can I've got some recycled really thin material here so I'm going to use that for starters the next material I'm cutting is where the deck of the saw is going to ride against but this is also going to help support the thinner material underneath now because this is a prototype I don't really know how long to make some of these parts so I'm gonna cut this at 20 inches and I can always cut it back if I need to later on okay there's the strips that'll be the sliders I'm going to glue them now and I'm going to pin them as well so that they don't move around then I'm gonna flip them over and clamp them to the top of my workbench and hopefully when they get finished drying they'll be nice and flat it doesn't matter if they're not perfectly fat flat but the flatter would be better okay okay I measured the size of the outside of the skitters so I know how wide the carcass is going to be so I'm going to cut that now and there's two pieces obviously one for the front and one for the back now the next thing I'm going to cut is the backer and basically when you're cutting into wood if the saw was moving this way into wood the wood has to have some sort of a backer just like the back of a miter saw or the back of a miter gauge that's a support so we have to have support there too time we're going to cut an l-shaped piece that will sit inside the box and it will support the wood that's being cut okay you can see I've already made one cut and I'm going to end up with sort of an l-shaped piece here so we'll just cut the final one so there's all of my components all together and what I'm doing right now I've worked on what I think is going to be the placement of this the little stepping piece that we made there the little L piece so that should go in right about there and remember that this is a prototype so all we can do is do the best we can and hope it's all going to work out now I'm going to make this plunge cut and I've marked my fence and a couple of spots where the blade stops and starts and I will line that up with those and that way I can move it back and forth a little bit just to get a nice straight cut in there okay and I'm gonna cut the other ones I'm just gonna take that to the bandsaw and cut that off and we'll be all ready to go okay there's all the components that we have and I'm ready to do some assembly and I think it's going to be a little bit fiddly so I'm probably not going to videotape the whole thing for you but that you get an idea what that's going to look like and the rails glue it up nice and straight so they're going to go on there some take like that there we go so that's what we're gonna look like here in a few minutes so well and there's my finished little prototype circular saw crosscut sled whatever you want to call it but there's one thing that I didn't think about and that's why we make prototypes of these things from time to time and it's an obvious thing and it wasn't until I put it on here that I went oh what about the blade guard what's the blade guard going to do now I know first of all that I'm going to have to cut a slot in here and probably a partial slot in the front as well so I'll run the saw through with nothing but I need to watch the blade guard to see what it's going to do I may end up needing to cut a notch out of there I don't know maybe the blade guard will just flip up the way it's supposed to so anyway we're going to try it and see we'll put the put the batteries in and we'll see how it works well I was okay there you can see when I made this Jake I wanted the blade to just graze that top of that and that would make sure that I cut all the way through that would so that part of its working so let's let's try a cut here and you can see I've got a piece of ugly scrap wood here but well that's it all right yeah look at that it's even perfectly square – that's excellent all right let's unload the dust here and get another little bit larger wood to cut and see if this really does trap sawdust in there all right here let's make our first real true test of the saw dust collecting ability here I don't know if you could see but there's a lot of sawdust spewing out from sort of this area here but it did collect a lot and I don't know if you'll be able to see that there you go that gives you a little bit better idea so it really did trap actually more sawdust than I thought it actually does a pretty decent job of trapping the sawdust and I would say it's probably 50 or 60 percent maybe even more than that and when they look over here you probably can't really see anything I can see a little bit of sawdust maybe you can there you can kind of see when I move it around there is a little bit of sawdust here and a little bit that's come through and if I move that you might be able to see that as well so there's probably I still say there's probably about 50% or 60% it's trapped in there so that's I guess that's probably about as good as you're going to get without doing something much more specialized than this well I must say this jig turned out better much better than I expected it part of the purpose was to collect sawdust and it does do that but it still spews out probably 50 percent or something like that and if you're gonna have to clean up sawdust doesn't matter whether you're cleaning up fifty percent or a hundred percent so I don't know if that's a big benefit but you know what it's a big benefit what I really like this thing is really light it's easy to carry around and it gives you a nice safe place to make good accurate cuts without having a carrying around sawhorses or whatever paraphernalia you might need to do nice accurate cross cuts safely so it's another option for people who are wanting Portability and someplace safe to cut using their circular saw it works out very nicely well that concludes my video for today making a crosscut sled for the circular saw and this was a prototype and I love it when prototypes actually work out the first time and this one did that it turned out much better than I thought so this would be a keeper and I'll put some of the dimensions on the website and you can check it out there if you're interested in making one I'm called a cadet for woodwork web thanks for watching you

Portable Circular Saw CrossCut Sled: Woodworking Jig

34 thoughts on “Portable Circular Saw CrossCut Sled: Woodworking Jig

  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    That is an amazing coincidence..I just got a cordless circular saw and had pretty much the same idea of this jig and you already knocked it out of the park. Thanks for the video I will see about making one. 🙂

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    Hi Colin , what type of table saw do you use here, I am thinking about getting a new one , yours looks better than others I've seen

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    Colin got his ears lowered. Looking fresh.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    Ill bet its great for cutting laminate flooring, great idea

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    Very nice! A 45 degree fence would be a great addition. Thanks Colin

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    HERE BRASIL. I LOVE IT. SMALL AND EASY TO DO. I WILL DO THIS JIG MYSELF. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    You use mustard to glue wood?😳👷😂👍

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    Very interesting design, Pls give us measure. Thanks

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    Excellent concept as I just purchased a circular saw for small DYI projects around the house. My garage space for storage and work is very limited but see a need to have more accurate cuts after working on a small project. I do not have the space for a mitre saw and been looking for something like this. Just came across this video and many more of yours. Great content and explanations.  When will you have 2.0 prototype ?

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    I suggest (removable) six feet long L board so I can set a stop for repeat cuts

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    This is a good idea. I think if I make one I think I would add a place I can connect my portable shop vac. You would get 100 % then. Thanks for sharing.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    The big problem that I see is how to hold the piece in place. Holding it by hand is not desirable.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    great jig Colin I just bought my first circular saw and this jig would be so handy 2 have because I don't have a table saw. I can't wait 2 build this so I can get more accurate cuts on smaller pieces. Thank you

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    Parabéns muito bom

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    Great jig idea Colin. I am learning a lot from your videos, as I get my wood crafting shop up & running. Keep up the good work. (Patrick – a fellow Canuck)

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    It's really good, it only needs be able to do 45 degrees cuts to be perfect

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    Add a cleat to the bottom along the leading edge so you can put it up against the edge of a table. Also add a hole to the opposite side you could hook a small shop vac to.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    I like it! compact. nice and easy to make! thanks!

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    Brasil 2018. 🇧🇷

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    Muito legal, prático, e sem complicações. Parabéns

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    The only problem I see with this is that you cant clap the wood in any way, otherwise nice design.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    Thank you for good Idea. It works can proceed.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    Well I have had a great day watching a marathon of your videos. That is what I do when it is too cold to work in my shop. Thanks again.

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    If I don't have the table saw, what I can do?

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    WoW! so simple and effective! Thanks!

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    What about a miter saw and a vacuum 😏

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    We used to use something very similar in the 1980s for cutting noggins put a gauge to one side and you can cut to your required length with out messing with a rule ,before any of us had mitre saws all we had was a Skil saw and an electric drill

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    Very interesting design,… with a little accesory to differents cuts,.. 30º, 45º it will be something absolutely necessary to use to building boxes and frameworks. I love it!!!

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    it's awesome!!!,I'll build it!!

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    it's awesome!!!,I'll build it!!

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  • July 29, 2019 at 12:40 am
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    Clever design! I love your channel! I also am a fan of mustard glue. 👍😁

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