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    Rockler cross-cut sled

    Does anyone have any recommendations (positive or negative) about the Rockler sled? I have a TS3650. The online descriptions don't tell me the width of board it can handle for 90 degree cuts. I would get the offcut accessory for the right side of the blade if I bought this unit. I'd appreciate any input on this or comparably priced alternatives. Thanks

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    Tony,

    I ain't telling you your business or them their business, but personally I wouldn't go in that direction.

    Lots of people make their own crosscut sleds, and there are tons of tutorials out there. It ain't rocket science. I personally learned a ton making three of them for my 3650. Each one was better than the last. Most people end up very happy with their shop made sleds, even if it takes a couple tries.

    In the end, I decided I was sick of fiddling. I ordered the incra miter 5000. The thing's a dream. I just used it to make this:

    http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...ead.php?t=9960

    I'm not saying you couldn't cut those angles with the rockler, I *will* say I wouldn't even have tried...

    So that's my best advice: make a good one, or buy the best you can find. The rockler seems like an intermediate step, and it may end up being a dusty decoration on the shop wall, an object lesson in how not to spend money...

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Tony,
    I'll second Bill's suggestion. I built my sled #1 (#2 will be coming early once I start Making things in the shop, vs making the shop).

    Bill, I didn't know you were in club Orange. Good to know.
    -Ned

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    Bill and Ned: Thanks. I don't have as much time as I would like in the shop; we're here until October and then Florida for the winter. I'd rather buy a good jig than spend the time fiddling (as Bill put it) with a shop-built unit. I'll probably keep an eye on the sale price for a couple of weeks, and then suck it up and order the Incra. It looks like a better (and bigger) unit. I appreciate your input.

    Tony
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    Tony,
    Oh I'd like to have an incra too, or a Dubby, but I'll go with a Bulken in the meantime. Can't wait to see what you build with it, cause if it gets you more time in the shop, that's always a good thing!
    -Ned

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    Rockler's sled, like it's cousins are for smaller pieces. The 23x23" bed is about the size of my miter sled. I have four sleds; large, "normal", miter, dado. They jut take a couple hours to build (longer if you put finish on them). I would say the Rockler should handle anything that can fit on the bed's surface. If you are after a good 90* on long boards like bookcase sides, you are probably after more support.
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    looks like Rockler has that sled on sale right now, strike while the iron is hot!
    -Ned

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ned Bulken View Post
    Tony,
    Oh I'd like to have an incra too, or a Dubby, but I'll go with a Bulken in the meantime. Can't wait to see what you build with it, cause if it gets you more time in the shop, that's always a good thing!
    Speaking of time in the shop.... are ya done yet? (just checking....)
    Ted

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    Just in case you haven't bought it yet....

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    Let me cast my vote for Incra, for one specific reason...the GlideLOCK miter bar. This is the one with the nylon discs that are "spread" into the miter slot by tightening down a set screw. The bar slides smoothly in the slot, and can be adjusted to no wobble. I have 4 of them...at one time Incra was selling just the bar, and I had a few jigs in mind, so I bought them "just in case". I have one left unused and I'm hoarding it. They really are the berries. In my opinion you can find 3 or 4 after market sleds that are well-made, and they'll all do the job, but what will really set them apart is how they ride in the slot.

    Cheers.

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