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    Well it is warming up and my workshop is about to come to life. One of the first things i plan to build is a crosscut sled for my 3612. I have several plans to chose from. None of them recommends material though. I am thinking of MDF for the base and some hardwood (probably oak) for the runners and the handle. Sound like the best way to go?

  • #2
    I used a piece of scrap Oak ply and Oak boards for the rails and fences.
    info for all: --- "I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me."


    • #3
      Baltic birch plywood seems to be a popular option. I prefer UHMW plastic runners (more stable). YMMV
      "Did you put the yellow key in the switch?" TOD 01/09/06


      • #4
        I've built a couple of sleds. The first out of birch ply using aluminum runners, the second using 7/8" melamine and UHMW plastic runners. I like the second combo best...the ply warped a bit.


        • #5
          BB Ply and oak. Don't like composite for two reasons----very heavy and may tend to loosen up at fasteners.


          • #6
            Plywood has gotten expensive around these parts. HD has Norboard on sale this week. 4X8 sheet is about 6 or 7 bucks. I was thinking of trying it? Use the "exterior side" down as it is slick and the rough side up?

            Planned on using oak for the handles and hard wood for the miter slot runners until i can get around to upgrading to the plastic or aluminum rails that have been suggested. I know this will see a lot of use, should i not scrimp and just spend the money on the plywood?


            • #7
              I made my sled out of MDO (Medium Density Overlay.) This is the same material that they use to make road signs. It is very stable and last a loooooong time. The runner is made from quarter-sawn red oak.

              I cut a 1/4" dado in the bottom of the sled to secure the runner firmly to the sled and my fence (also made of MDO) is attached to the top front edge of the sled and is held in place with counter-sunk (top & bottom) 1 1/4" carriage bolts washers and lock nuts.

              "Been using it for 14 years now with no problems!"

              [ 06-25-2005, 09:58 AM: Message edited by: CARPENTERDON ]
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              • #8
                I used a piece of 1/2" Birch plywood with plastic runners.
                Last edited by NewfGuy; 01-10-2006, 09:08 AM.


                • #9
                  Engineering material with a difference

                  Tufnol, a couple of years ago I came across an old machine built in the UK, which had teflon lined tufnol sheet material 3/4" thick, as it was going to scrap I salvaged about 6 - 2' x 2' Pieces, when I developed my first sled with this stuf for my original home made router table, the result was shocking, the level of friction was almost zero, lots lower than plywood. The fence I use for this is 2 x 2 oak, At one end there is a pivot and at the other end there are a few holes which line up to 90, 60, 45 22.5 & 0 degrees, one recessed screw and a steel dowel on the underside locks the fence at whatever angle I need and there is a small T-track routed into the top face which holds toggle clamps. Its really good stuff, its like steel it can be drilled and tapped, never ever warps no matter what the temp or level of humidity is and its as light as a feather. But don't ask me where to get it. My find was pure luck and absolutely by chance, now I am making a new sled from this stuff for my 3650, when I first tried the material on ithe TS cast iron table it was like a hovercraft, with the bonus of being a 100% non-scratching material combination.


                  • #10

                    Not much in the way of a web site yet, under reconstruction it says, but there was a contact email;


                    This site has a little more info;

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