How to Make a Table Saw Sled Super Safe

How to Make a Table Saw Sled Super Safe

I wanted to make a cross-cut sled that was safer to use. This cross cut sled features push handles on each side of the blade and a blade guard. You can also clamp down small parts and cut miters with the adjustable fence. Amazon and other affiliate links are used in this description and they help support this channel.

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0:00 Intro
0:10 Features Overview
0:47 Carbide 3D
01:56 Building the Cross Cut Sled Fence
02:54 Building the Sled Base
03:07 Installing Miter Slides
04:48 Cutting Clamping Grooves
05:38 Cross-Cut Sled Design
06:53 Square Cross Cut Sled Fence
07:38 Cross-Cut Sled Handles
08:35 Cross-Cut Sled T-Track Install
09:27 Adjustable Fence on Cross Cut Sled
10:06 Cutting with the Cross Cut Sled

50 Comments

  1. Harley Rider 99 on July 16, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    One of my favourite woodworkers to follow. Your videos are very informative, and easy to watch. You don’t pretend to be perfect, but you are always evolving, and sharing all of your knowledge with us woodworkers wanting to evolve our craft. Thanks again Matt!!



  2. profcah on July 16, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    My next project. Thanks brother!



  3. Steve Bossie on July 16, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    I like your videos very much — super clear, a nice amount of humor and personalization, and chock full of good ideas. I also like your references to other makers (e.g., JKM and Tamar) — kudos on your friendly professionalism.



  4. Joseph Burnham on July 16, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    Great project. Best fence ever



  5. Bruce Gibson on July 16, 2022 at 10:32 pm

    Great sled! I like the handle idea also. WHY?, didn’t anyone else think of that? I also like that when you make a mistake you don’t have a problem showing it so others don’t make the same one. One improvement you might want to make. You could make a larger table for your trim router with some 1/4" plastic sheeting. It makes your small router so much safer. Just one question, Why did you use wood instead of "T" track for runners?



  6. Robert Madden on July 16, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    Yep the riving knife bought me in done once as well – forgot to take it off. Glad to see you guys make mistakes as well. Great idea those handles will add to my next sled.



  7. dennis medeiros on July 16, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    great job. i was wondering where you bought the track holders on your garage door. thank you Dennis



  8. Robert Kerby on July 16, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    An amazing Tablesaw sled!
    Well done!



  9. lacttech on July 16, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    Dramatic reenactment 😂😂😂



  10. David Peters on July 16, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    The handles are a great idea!



  11. Dirk van Bergen on July 16, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    That’s one lovely sled! Still haven’t made a proper one yet for my shop. High time to do so! Have a bunch of microjig hardware too. Love the handles



  12. marcus hepler on July 16, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    One of my fav channels, wish you’d go back to building things more though like before. To many lives and tool reviews which are also good content and good info but seems like it’s been limited to that anymore.



  13. Scott Bionic Nerf on July 16, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    That’s definitely the Most Coolerest table saw sled I’ve ever seen. When I get around to building one, it’ll be cause I’ve moved on building primarily interior furniture, or it’ll because I had to give up the day job to do wood stuff full time.



  14. Victor Morrison on July 16, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    I really like your newest crosscut sled and the safety features it provides. I have an 8 1/4 DeWalt table saw and don’t want to lose much, if any of my cutting depth. do you have any ideas for a thin base or no base cross cut sled?



  15. Rudy Gonzalez on July 16, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    I’ve used God knows how many stop "blocks " in the 30 + years of woodworking. Saw the one from jkm and I’ve never looked back. That has to be the best stop block I’ve ever used.



  16. bbest8 on July 16, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    WOW! NICE! So Smart! Thanks!! 👊👊👊👊👊



  17. ken erickson on July 16, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    i like your improvements. However, I’m toying with the idea of having replaceable blade inserts in case I shift to a different width blade or even dado blades.



  18. Brian Rodecker on July 16, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    Love this idea, can’t wait to finally build one. I was wondering if you have a charging station for your Apple Watch and if not are you planning on making one. Love to hear your thoughts



  19. W&I Woodworks on July 16, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    Great idea.



  20. DAVE KNOTT on July 16, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    Great improvements Matt! Would you consider letting everyone know for this and future videos rough time (just building estimate), along with rough costs at time of video. Obviously time and some cost will carry but a general ball park. I notice this among many you tube and would be greatest helpful for us garage warriors who are both time and money limited. This will be incredibly helpful to determine when a viewer may want to or be able to build your projects. Ex: roughly $130 and 5 hours building. I’ll check out buying your plan but it would be nice to have the info upfront when watching vs digging more which may or may not happen. Thanks! – God Bless



  21. Anthony Audain on July 16, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    Great idea 👍👏😎



  22. lacttech on July 16, 2022 at 10:50 pm

    Stupid question, but it’s just burning me up: so, the bottom of the sled actually comes in contact with the table saw? There’s no gap?



  23. AgentChodyBanks on July 16, 2022 at 10:52 pm

    looks like you were trying to raise the blade with the riving knife in



  24. Paul Coburn on July 16, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    Hi Eric Rhoten sent me



  25. Brent Fowler on July 16, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    My guess is, your riving knife wasn’t allowing you to raise the blade?



  26. SRCASTK on July 16, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    I Think It’d Be Very Beneficial To Your Subscribers If You Show With Router Bit You Use Before You Put It In Your Router… There’s A Lot Of People Who Turn To YouTube For Education, Including WoodWorking, Show Show Your Bits, And What They Do While Shooting Your Vids…



  27. Laura Marshall on July 16, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    Just made a cross cut sled for my new (to me) table saw. Loved your idea of the handles. I combined your ideas and one other’s and love what I got. Thanks for your great videos and attitude.



  28. Douglas Haber on July 16, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    Awesome video! 2 ideas. Make the safety block so the 2 center pieces can be replaced. Extend your rear fence wider to maintain strength considering the dove tail groves



  29. Chris Horne on July 16, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    This is an awesome idea!! Although I haven’t made a cross cut sled yet. I have always wondered about the safety of them. Now this design takes the worry away! Thanks this will be the cross cut sled I build!!👍🏻



  30. Josh Machado on July 16, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    Nice job! Looking at upgrading my table saw. When I do, this will be my new sled.



  31. Hansang Bae on July 16, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    The handle is a terrific idea..One I haven’t seen before. But question: Is it pronounced Shape Oh Ko or Shep echo? I have the smaller version of it, and always called it Shape Oh Ko. Am I wrong? I never thought to ask. And LOLOLOL @2:08 "Dramatic Reenactment" The tracksaw cut had me on the edge of my seat! 😂



  32. steve steve on July 16, 2022 at 11:07 pm

    Another great build, a while ago I bought on Amazon a set of 3/4 by 3/8 bars that fit in slot of my table saw with the intention of making one now that I saw your build I want to that one, they also carry a set of bars with pre drilled holes and screws I may get also thanks for the video



  33. Bill Moore on July 16, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Thanks Matt! This is great! I can’t wait to get started making one for myself.



  34. 731 Woodworks on July 16, 2022 at 11:12 pm


  35. Nick Lagios on July 16, 2022 at 11:12 pm

    I’m building one!! Great design!



  36. Brett Faris on July 16, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    This is a great idea Matt with the handles! Nice work.



  37. Mario Fischer on July 16, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    The quality of this video is awesome, great job!
    I need to make a new sled, too – for the same reason: the "wart" at the back is just not enough to feel save when using the sled, so the idea with the handles is just what was missing to finally get started.



  38. Solosaxon on July 16, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    Hello Matt,hello YouTube viewers,I’ve been following Matt for a long while now he’s lifted me,and encouraged me,I love his channel and what he stands for,Matt thanks for the videos they help soooo much,I’m gonna ask in return if you all would keep my wife Phyllis in your prayers,she was admitted into the hospital today,they’re running tests so we don’t know what’s wrong yet,but god’s will will be done thank you all,and a fist bump for y’all 👊



  39. Howard J. Moreau Jr on July 16, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    The knife



  40. PaganWizard on July 16, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    A few weeks ago, I decided that I wanted to build Jason’s (Bourbonmoth) table saw sled. I watched this video a few times now, and I REALLY like the handles on this sled. They add a safety element that I have never seen in a table saw sled. What I am going to do, is a hybrid sled, a mix between your design, and Jason’s, and I’m going to try adding in another design element of my own, HOPEFULLY a way to extend the Multi Track to make longer crosscuts with a stop block. I just ordered the plans for this, as well as your Shop Projects Plan Bundle. EDIT I didn’t notice that this was included in the "Shop Projects Bundle" OOOOPS



  41. jonpaul1981 on July 16, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    Do you have a video on the cnc?



  42. RadDad on July 16, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    Looks awesome Matt. I’m looking to replace my sled soon with something quality like this soon, can’t wait to pick these plans up.



  43. C Carson on July 16, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    It’s been 2 days since this video,I’m going through 731 withdrawal 😂



  44. Nick Lagios on July 16, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    I’m in the process of building this sled and I was wondering if you thought about a replaceable blade reminder. I mean the 1.5” thick piece that sits in between the 2 part E pieces that support the handles. Thanks for your help.



  45. McMath Woodworks - Hugh McMath on July 16, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    Nice job Matt! I like your idea of the handles to make sure hands stay out of the way!

    I was thinking- if you sometimes take the secondary fence off, maybe you could attach it to the back of the sled under the handles with some extra dovetail grooves, to make sure it doesn’t get misplaced?



  46. N person on July 16, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    For a even safer sled, install a stop to limit the sleds travel.



  47. David Norton on July 16, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    Matt I haven’t seen one of your videos in a little while and you’ve really stepped up your game on presentation and smooth video work. I know a lot of work goes into the backend to pretty everything up but it looks great.

    And that sled looks great too. I also appreciate that you offered a free update to folks who might have purchased the old plans. Speaks of your character.



  48. N2 Guthrie on July 16, 2022 at 11:23 pm

    Downloaded your plans for this because I am starting to introduce my grandkids to woodworking … SAFELY. The download process was flawless and instant. Also … thank you so much for raising the flag regarding your faith.



  49. Larry B on July 16, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    Sorry, but I have NEVER felt that my crosscut sled without handles was in the least a dangerous design. Seems like a very unnecessary "feature". YES, I have a block behind where the blade exits. But grabbing the back upright a bit away from the blade seems entirely safe.



  50. Mark Hendrickson on July 16, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    I always heard not to put plywood through a jointer or planer, but you did so here. Did I previously misunderstand?