Iíve been in and out of the shop lately, this week Iíve been working on another batch of cutting boards. THe last time I made boards back at the end of August, I found that on some of my boards, my cross cut sled was building in an uneven cut (out of square) when I was trimming for the flip/glue stage of the boards. To counter that, I'm making a new sled.
My old sled was built about 8 years ago, and IĒm sure the fence can be adjusted. I didnít glue it down, just screwed it on. HOwever it is built to do panel cuts on up to 24Ē deep workpieces. Thatís all fine and dandy, but Iíve been working on much smaller pieces of late, and that honking big sled while stable and wonderful as a support isnít getting any lighter to lug around the shop.
It is 18Ē deep by 22.25Ē wide, 3/4 borg birch plywood with maple fences.
Those photos were just before I made the center cut. Iím in process of doing the 5 cut square method for the rear fence. It was a bit cold out there tonight, so I shut things down Ďearlyí and tomorrow Iíll move the fence. My calculations using the method William Ng has graciously shared on youtube show that I have to move the fence .243Ē back which sounds like a lot, but hey, I want square cuts, soÖ gotta do it. Iíll post more photos tomorrow.
Once I get that moved, Iíll add a trap box to the back of the rear fence where the blade protrudes at the end of the cut. Iíll also drill a hole somewhere in the field so that I can hang the sled up when it isnít in use. I May also inset some T-track on the rear fence so I can add hold downs and a stop block etc.. Depends on how ambitious I feel as well as how I can easily lay hands on the t-track. now that I think of it, I believe I will definitely add the t-track, but that Iíll simply screw it on to the face, and add a strip of maple to the top edge, giving me a more substantial handle to push the sled with.