hi there today I'm going to show you how I made this small parts crosscut sled with an adjustable stop and a miter attachment I'll leave a link to my website in the description below where you'll find all the measurements and a link to the original plans from wood Smith magazine that I use for this build I started off with a small piece of 3/4 inch plywood and mark the center on the top side I then flipped it over to make some other markings that will come in handy later on more about that later over at my table saw I positioned the fence so that the center marking lined up with the blade I locked the fence down and removed the board so I could install the runners I'm using this polyethylene runner but you could alternatively make your own runners out of hardwood I like the idea of these plastic runners since they're a perfect fit slide smoothly and won't be affected by fluctuations in temperature or humidity which can cause wood runners to swell or shrink I only needed one of these runners that I cut in half I then used a few dimes in each miter slot to raise up the runners and apply it a few drops of crazy glue before dropping the board into place and applied pressure for a couple minutes with the runners temporarily attached I was then able to flip over the board to drill some countersunk holes to permanently attach them with some screws and I made sure to screw these in by hand so I wouldn't split anything back at the table saw I did a test fit to make sure the fit was good and that the sled moves smoothly without any resistance next I moved on to making the front and back bridges the plans I use call for hardwood but I think plywood wood you just find you'll need a full-length bridge in the front while a shorter one can be used at the back at this point I'm only attaching the back bridge the back bridge doesn't need to be square so I just clamped it in countersunk some screws making sure to avoid the center line where the blade will pass I can now cut the kerf line in the sled but I made sure not to cut all the way through stopping just short of the front edge of the sled next I got to work on the fence I need to cut a dado in this strip of plywood that I'll hold the t-track the data has to be half an inch from one edge so I use a piece of 1/2 H plywood as a spacer to set up my router table I could then raise my bit and make a few passes until the depth was just right now if you don't have a router table you could also do this at the table saw I checked the fit and made sure the t-track was below the surface I then switched over to a chamfer bit to make a small chamfer on the front bottom side I attach the front bridge with a single screw on one side and then clamp the fence to it note that that chamfered edge is on the bottom front edge closest to the blade so that the sawdust will have somewhere to escape and won't interfere with the fence the fence needs to be squared of the blade and there are various methods to do this like the five cut method I'm not going to cut anything along with this sled so I'm comfortable just using a square to line it up visually once I was happy with it I clamped it down so I could flip the sled over and countersink some screws now this is where those lines come in handy so you'll know exactly where to put the screws without potentially hitting the T track speaking of the T track now would be a good time to install it however since my table saw has a safety mechanism that gets triggered by conductive material I don't want the aluminum P track touching the blade so I'm using a different method first I finished cutting the kerf line through the back fence I then measured the length of the day toes on each side and cut the T track pieces slightly shorter in order to leave a gap with the blade the last step is to make a simple stop block that'll ride along the T track I used a piece of hard wood with some leftover backer board from an old IKEA dresser but a quarter inch plywood will work just as well once it was dry I drilled a hole for the flamed bolt using a backer to prevent tear-out I'm actually using toilet bolts but the heads are a little too wide so they need to be sanded or filed down just a bit in order to fit the tee track now you could stop here but I'm also going to show you how to build a simple attachment to cut miters oh and I almost forgot I added a little box in the back for added safety and as a reminder to keep my fingers away from the blade all right so moving on to the miter attachment you'll need two identical squares one from three-quarter material and the other from one-quarter material I drew diagonal lines from one corner to the other on both pieces I then drew a line slightly offset from the center with the help of a combination square I grabbed a scrap board that was nice and square and lined up my markings on the edge with the help of a speed square the key here is to get a perfect 45 degrees so take your time I used a couple of Brad nails to hold it in place and then made the cut on my table saw and I did the same for the second piece which has a greater offset I may have underestimated my strength here anyway I then glued both pieces together it's again super important to get the edges perfectly aligned so I used the edge of my level and once the alignment was perfect I put in a couple Brad nails to make sure it wouldn't move while it dried I then pre-drilled 4 holes for the T track bolts and carried it over to the sled with it pushed back square against the fence and the point of the triangle dead center on the kerf line I made the cut next all that's left is to lock it into place using the T track hey I hope you liked this video and if you did please give it a thumbs up and if you're not already subscribed to the channel I love to have you so be sure to hit that subscribe button until next time thanks for watching see you soon

Small Parts Crosscut Sled

35 thoughts on “Small Parts Crosscut Sled

  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    That's fricken' awesome

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Very nice project! Sometimes you just need a small sled. I like the low profile fence for the t-track.

    Is there any reason to cut the miter not into two pieces? Since you are always cutting at the front corner, it seems that you don't need to cut it all the way back.

    I enjoy your videos. The pace is good. The attention to the useful details is good. The calmness is good.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Awesome job on sled I plan on making one myself tnx

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Recently found your channel. Love the content! You now have one more Sub! 🙂

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    U don’t sound croissant ?

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Muy genial!!

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Impressive as everything you do. Congratulations! Where do you usually get the te track???

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Sensacional! Obrigado por compartilhar!
    Bruno de Curitiba – Brasil.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Very neat!!! Beatiful accesories.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    I like your creativity.
    disculpa, ¿que nombre tiene el riel de aluminio color rojo?

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Hello been watching your videos I would like to know about the plastic runners for the sledge can you tell me what the material is called
    As we try to put the name in as we can understand it Google comes up with clothing material
    Could you spell the name of the product is it readily available on the web
    Regards
    David Pitman
    [email protected]

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Хорошая работа,аккуратно. Молодец Мари!👌✊

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Great video. One question that I have been thinking about: where do you get the red aluminum track? It does not appear to be from Rockler. Is it painted like those drawer knobs on your router table? I like the look of the red track!

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Just found your channel. I'm impressed. I've just gotten into wood working. been building my own equipment for wood working. will be making your small sled real soon. question , how would you scale the miter attachment down smaller to accommodate large pieces of wood?

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Good day. What kind of glue did you use when gluing plastic guides?

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Indeed a great build and I agree with Jonathan Popp about the build – I had so many bookmarks on cross cut sleds – glad I found this one.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Very convenient solution!

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    I really like that small parts holder. I made a number of small cuts the other day and use a pencil to hold them. Not the best. It worked but was a bit cringy.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    I'm almost finished building mine according to your specs in this video, and I must admit it looks really good. I just have to install the T-track (which I already have) and make the little stop block. Thank you for your inspiration and for sharing this project.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Lots of practical content in an extremely well presented and made video. Thanks.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Vital: thumb-saving box at the back!

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Nice job! 🙂

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Nice job.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    The miter jig is genius!!

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Bonne année! Vous avez fait un excellent travail à ce sujet. Je vais devoir en construire un pour moi-même. Continuez votre bon travail.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Very well done Miss Marie. I would have maybe taken a moment at the end to cut a small frame and put together to show the accuracy of the miter attachment. Very good video.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Bravo Marie, c'est tres bien construit et presente!

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Une très belle réalisation et un outillage vraiment pratique. En conclusion un magnifique pouce bleu et en prime un abonnement. Tous mes vœux pour cette nouvelle année.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Nice video. I really enjoy your videos over all and I learn a lot from them. Plus it's cool to see how your shop is always getting better and better!

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Excellent video and process. I love your design process. Keep it Simple Stupid. Bless you for sharing and much success in your future.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    Nice build, Marie! I like the addition of a miter attachment.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    I watch this a couple of days ago but was in hurry here is the comment, great job, better job keeping simple than most are. keep going

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