How To Make A Cross Cut Sled | Dead Straight Table Saw Cuts

How To Make A Cross Cut Sled | Dead Straight Table Saw Cuts

In this woodworking jig video I’m going to show you how to make a cross cut sled for my DeWalt table saw. This demonstration is a simple woodworking table saw sled but very functional and is safter while providing cleaner cuts. It incorporates a Powertec t-track and t- track stop to make repeatable shorter cuts. You will be able to cut perfectly square cuts, safely on your DeWalt DWE7491 table saw.

I’ll cover cutting the slides to fit your miter slots, cutting the base, milling the fences and attaching them. Then I’ll show you how to attach the t-track and stop. Finally, we will cut the slot and wax the slides and base for smooth operation.

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Video Chapters

00:00- Intro
00:21- Cut Slides
00:31- Cut Base
01:20- Attach Slides To Base
03:36- Mill Front And Rear Fence
04:31- Drill Holes And Mount Front Fence
05:52- Cut Slot
06:03- Install T-Track In Rear Fence
07:58- Install The Rear Fence
08:51- Wax Slides And Base
09:13- Test!
09:54- Closing

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  1. How I Do Things DIY on March 11, 2023 at 7:21 am

    Update: I per everyone’s suggestions, I added a stop block since this video. Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. James MacDonald on March 11, 2023 at 7:23 am

    Question are you using an 8 1/4 or 10 inch blade in the video?

  3. nicholas schrader on March 11, 2023 at 7:24 am

    lol fake channel

  4. SLIM'S BOXING COMMENTARIES on March 11, 2023 at 7:32 am

    Brilliant video dude but I honestly wish u would make them a bit longer. It would be great to see the step by step slowed down a little bcos there are loads of us just beginning and this is still daunting.
    I bought a table saw bcos it was all I could afford and believe me I will be upgrading once I get the money together. I’m saving for a cabinet and a Bandsaw of a higher calibre. Both together will end up costing me 3,500 euros which isn’t a whole lot when u consider some saws are astronomical in price..
    My table saw is a cheaper model but has a fair bit of power and it scares me a little. LMAO.
    I have a question if u don’t mind me asking one bro..
    Q. My table is off on one corner by a 16/32 of an inch and it means my Mitre gauge has this weird wobble from side to side. Will a good sled stop that bro? or do I need to take the table off and reposition it and maybe use a couple of narrow washers to lift it slightly??
    Look bro I paid less than 200 euros for this bloody thing. It’s a start up saw for me and I’m new to this game. I stupidly thought it’d be ok and it cuts clean as u like but that kink at the side I use my Mitre gauge at is doing my head in.
    I was thinking of taking off the table top and building my own one from that plywood with the brown surface on it?? I can take the top off bcos I’ve had a look and there’s bolts and shit under there which means I can change the top out and put my own in there instead and I can finally make it level..
    Do u think it’s worth it or what bro??
    Love the channel btw so keep these top videos coming now man. My workshop is on the process of changing from a one car garage into my fulltime workshop.. I cannot wait man.. It’s finally starting to come together now.. Oh lord it’s costing some amount of money but it’ll be worth it in the end..

  5. James MacDonald on March 11, 2023 at 7:33 am

    Most add a chamfer to front of back fence as a saw dust chute

  6. Paul Skinner on March 11, 2023 at 7:36 am

    Brilliant, finally some easy to understand instructions!!

  7. Thor on March 11, 2023 at 7:40 am

    Reaching over your turning blade is a recipe for disaster and death. Just sayinโ€™.

  8. Ping Pong on March 11, 2023 at 7:40 am

    How become you didn’t use the 10 cut method?

  9. James Vandergriff on March 11, 2023 at 7:40 am

    So what did you use to cut the T track? Band saw?

  10. K Bos on March 11, 2023 at 7:42 am

    Is there any reason you drilled the holes and countersink separate instead of all at one go with a countersink bit?

  11. Lincoln's Creations and Rentals on March 11, 2023 at 7:45 am

    Great simple sled

  12. The HandyMan on March 11, 2023 at 7:46 am

    Finally a simple sled! Good grief every video says simple cross cut sled and then you realize you need a trigonometry refresher class to build it. This was actually simple design that gets the job done, nice job ๐Ÿ‘

  13. Dan on March 11, 2023 at 7:47 am

    Iโ€™m betting you realize cutting slides that touch bottom of slots and stand proud was a huge Rookie mistake

  14. Brigette on March 11, 2023 at 7:47 am

    Dado to rabbit?

  15. thirskA19 on March 11, 2023 at 7:50 am

    What brand is your saw? Iโ€™ve never seen a fence operate like yours.

  16. Takako Fisher on March 11, 2023 at 7:51 am

    This cross cut sled will be the first project I will be making with my brand-new table saw tomorrow! Thank you for sharing how to make it.

  17. Gerry S on March 11, 2023 at 7:53 am

    Nice simple, quick. But I would never glue it all together before testing it’s squareness…I don’t have that kind of confidence (experience talking)

  18. James MacDonald on March 11, 2023 at 7:54 am

    I like your design with t track and stopโ€ฆanother suggestion
    Most cut slides shallow not proud to eliminate bottom drag then raise slides with washers or coins before gluing so the only friction is on the side of the slides

  19. James MacDonald on March 11, 2023 at 7:54 am

    For V2 have you seen any issues with using 2x4s for fences? Some also move back fence forward and add a finger guardโ€ฆseems to also add structural support, sled may have to be closer to 24×24โ€ฆ

  20. Derek Peterson on March 11, 2023 at 7:56 am

    Great video! Thanks for sharing your time and talent!

  21. How I Do Things DIY on March 11, 2023 at 7:57 am

    My sled is pretty basic except for the t-track stop. Since this video I also added a safety block on the back What options or features have you guys used on your crosscut sleds? Download the plans for this sled on my webpage!

  22. DIM Tips on March 11, 2023 at 7:59 am

    I have always had issues with cross cuts. Great video

  23. Fabian Herrera on March 11, 2023 at 8:00 am

    Do you think solid dimensional lumber would be too prone to warping and pulling your sled out of alignment w seasonal and moisture changes? As opposed to more stable alternating cross grain of plywood? I have an outdoor shop I wonder if that would be a big concern if I make this sled with solid wood fence? Have you had any issues?

  24. ๐„๐ฉ๐ข๐Š๐ฅ๐ข๐ฉ๐™ on March 11, 2023 at 8:02 am

    lol you got a like from me before the first 20 seconds were up! Brill intro!

  25. Lance McGrew on March 11, 2023 at 8:04 am

    And now then – who the heck sells "almost" knot-free 2 x 4’s? And what, no 5-cut squareness checking routine everyone talks about?

  26. Ant n' Olive's Workshop on March 11, 2023 at 8:07 am

    Again awesome intro! Super convenient too since we have the same saw. Great diy video once again

  27. Lincoln Dickerson on March 11, 2023 at 8:08 am

    Great video! I need to make a new sled because I got a new sawโ€ฆ like yours in fact. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was thinking I might run a rabbet along the back fence to help assure alignment. What do you think?

  28. Sheila Stephens on March 11, 2023 at 8:08 am

    Wow! You definitely speak my learning language!! I think I can actually make one of my own now.

  29. Lance McGrew on March 11, 2023 at 8:08 am

    0:41 – well I’ll be dang that’s where the blade wrench storage is. Just got the DWE7491 and was baffled. Now then, does that reduced diameter dust connection provide sufficient removal?

  30. Chris Landry on March 11, 2023 at 8:08 am


  31. joe jacob on March 11, 2023 at 8:08 am

    I foresee a great future for you channel! Great videos, editing, & presentation. Looking forward to many years of more tips!

  32. zach smith on March 11, 2023 at 8:08 am

    Post video of the results of the five cut method on this sled. Iโ€™m curious to see how that stacks up against using a square on a 2×4 fence

  33. AD on March 11, 2023 at 8:09 am

    I give you a 10 on the Cross Cut Sled and 0 on safety. You came mighty close to the saw blade with your long baggy sleeves.
    Safety FIRST! Most table saws run in the 3,000 to 4,000 rpm range and can grab your sleeve pulling your all arm in to the blade faster than Bruce Lee.

  34. Canadianguy91 on March 11, 2023 at 8:13 am

    my fence has a slight bow to it. how two I straighten it so I can square the fence?

  35. Contessa Adella on March 11, 2023 at 8:14 am

    Let me addโ€ฆBy keeping those parallel fence tops, you also have the cradle for a router sled slab flattening jig. Doubling up its usefulness for those without a thickness planer huh!

  36. rave brave on March 11, 2023 at 8:14 am

    wow that chikola move at 0:16 wow well done chiko

  37. Christian Salas on March 11, 2023 at 8:14 am

    Thanks! Love the tooth gleem at the beginning, nice touch! Surprised you didn’t do the 5 cut method to dial it in. Were you aiming more for the DIYer/making it simple/more accessible?

  38. Jeremy Dean on March 11, 2023 at 8:15 am

    I realize this video is about a yr old. But I just wanted to say thank you for making it. I have really needed to make a table saw sled for a while now. But pretty much every video I watched, while they were good methods, they just weren’t for me. I followed along with your video, as I constructed my sled, and it was extremely easy to understand and follow along. Again, thank you very much, I greatly appreciate you taking the time to show how to do this! Take care!

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