Re: My new updated crosscut sled (pics)
12/21/06 09:27 PM
I really like seeing your iterations of sleds. I am surprised that you haven't incorporated a method to keep from cutting through your stop block.
One idea I saw at some point which I incorporated into my very simple (compared to yours) sled is:
1) Attach a long skinny stop block to the outfeed side of your table (to the left of the blade), on the far edge. this will sit below the level of the table, but stick out slightly past the end of your wing. I had an unused rail mounting hole in my cast iron wing that made this a no-drill proposition.
2) Inset a short dowel into the bottom of your sled, where it extends past your left wing, such that your sled will stop before where your blade is maximally buried into the stop block (blade all the way up), but never go through.
This wouldn't affect your ability to use any functions of your sled, but help keep your fingers safe, and never have to figure out when you really need to stop, before your blade exits your stop block. This only works on sleds that extend past the end of the left wing, but it's elegant, simple, and very retrofittable. <-- is that really a word?
Beautiful job, and it's neat to see the thought that goes into improving an already elegant jig.