The 5-cut method made easy | Squaring a Table Saw Cross-Cut Sled in 5 minutes

The 5-cut method made easy | Squaring a Table Saw Cross-Cut Sled in 5 minutes

Check out the simple 5 cut method table saw sled calculator:
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In this video, I will show you the easiest way to do the 5-cut method for squaring up your table saw crosscut sled fence. Squareness is so important for the crosscut sled fence because it determines the accuracy of your layout, cutting, and assemblies in woodworking. Materials on the 5-cut method haven’t been user-friendly in the past, which is why I’ve built this simple calculator that I can use on my phone in the shop. It gives me perfect 5 cut method results every time.

I created this calculator with Coda, which is like a supercharged Google Doc, Google Sheet, and app making program wrapped up into one web-based tool.

⏳ Timestamps
0:00 – Introduction
0:32 – Building the table saw crosscut sled
1:18 – The downside of the 5-cut method
1:45 – Attaching the front fence
1:59 – Attaching the rear fence
2:22 – The 5-cut method explained
2:59 – Calculating the error
3:10 – Using the 5-cut method calculator
3:36 – Micro-adjusting the fence
4:18 – Second 5-cut method + reading
4:26 – Securing the rear fence

Check out the simple 5 cut method table saw sled calculator:
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🛠️ Tools and materials
▸ UHMW miter bar runners:
▸ Digital calipers:
▸ Feeler gauges (similar):

▸ Bosch 12V MAX Drill/Driver combo:
▸ SawStop 1.75-HP Contractor Saw:
▸ Bosch Router:
▸ Zetsaw Japanese Pull Saws:
▸ More tools:

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  1. shayne sabala on June 30, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    Can someone please explain to me what the pivot point is. Thanks.

  2. Peggy Khiev on June 30, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    I would love to use this but can anyone explain to me what the distance to the pivot screw means?

  3. Daniel Kreipke on June 30, 2023 at 1:55 pm

    If your fence is in the front of the sled, would you reverse the correction amount?

  4. Kevin Scott on June 30, 2023 at 1:56 pm

    what’s this "screw" distance part?

  5. Brett Hallas on June 30, 2023 at 1:57 pm

    A great video on this topic, mate.
    Thank you.🤘

  6. SimpleCove on June 30, 2023 at 1:57 pm

    Excellent video on the 5 cut method! Covers everything you need to know in less than 5 minutes which is very impressive.

  7. Fake It or Make It on June 30, 2023 at 1:57 pm

    Great video! To the point and simple! I will have to check out your calculator!

  8. BHH BHH on June 30, 2023 at 1:58 pm

    Where calculator please?

  9. Andy Hess on June 30, 2023 at 1:59 pm

    Great video & app. Thanks!

  10. Cosmos Daze on June 30, 2023 at 1:59 pm

    Cheers mate, big help. Champion!👍

  11. David Vuong on June 30, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    Thanks for the calculator and the guide. It’s a great script!

    However, after multiple attempts I found that the end adjustment calculation could only get me to about .003” Seems to do with the length from the pivot point.

    How I got within .0008” was using the actual length of the 5th cut (in my case it was 12 3/8”) vs 22”. Then applying that adjustment number to the adjustment length point at 22”

    Doing this gave me the same result/adjustment as compared to doing the actual Ng’s calculation method.

  12. Marcel LeMay on June 30, 2023 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks man…This worked out great.

    For others that want to do this, a few tips. Something I learned. The pivot screw needs to be snug but not too tight as it will distort the fence or the bottom plate when you adjust it. Also when making the cuts on the test piece, push on the sled only where the screw locations are, or again you can distort the fence and or the base which will screw up the cuts and input dimensions. After doing it 3 or 4 times I realized what was happening and followed the above procedure and got it perfect under a thousandth. It’s also important that the 2 sides of the fence be square to each other, and absolutely straight for the best results.. I did this with a jointer but it can be done on the table saw being sure that your blade is perfectly square to the table saw top. This is pretty critical, that the fence be straight and 2 square faces. Also be absolutely sure to predrill all your holes. If you don’t the screw will shift the fence. That’s all I got.

  13. ArtieFufkin on June 30, 2023 at 2:01 pm

    Stupid question… what does this mean?

    "Length of distance from pivot screw to correction"

  14. Eric McWhirter on June 30, 2023 at 2:05 pm

    I definitely will have to give this a try, I recently built a kumiko jig and skipped 4 of the cuts, but still using a micrometer and feeler gauges to get everything in place.

  15. Luv Shak on June 30, 2023 at 2:07 pm

    "Length of distance from pivot screw to correction" I have no idea what this means. Is this the distance from the pivot screw to the kerf, the far edge of the sled or something else?

  16. Brent Henry on June 30, 2023 at 2:07 pm

    Great video, great calculator, 2 thumbs up!

  17. zach smith on June 30, 2023 at 2:08 pm

    Very confused of “the pivot screw” and how this relates to 22”.

    Are you just pulling a number out of the air – 22 in this case – and only using this as your reference on the back wall to do your adjustments against to move back or forth? It has nothing to do with the actual two screws we’ve put into this back fence up to now?

  18. MrFinn on June 30, 2023 at 2:09 pm

    This is awesome man! I’ve used William ng’s video in the passed, but often get myself in a muddle?! I’ll be using this tomorrow for my new sled..great work and thanks! 🙂

  19. ME First on June 30, 2023 at 2:11 pm


  20. Scott Simpey on June 30, 2023 at 2:12 pm

    How would this work for a sled that is offset to one side, like not completely even amount of the sled base on both sides? For example I I am making my sled so they there is more space on the left side than the right because I can cut longer pieces to the left whereas I’m limited to the length that I can cut on the right just because of the way my shop is setup. So the screws on either end of my sled aren’t the same distance from the cut line. Thanks for any advice on that.

  21. Stel Steller on June 30, 2023 at 2:12 pm

    Thanks. The calculator site is awesome!!

  22. Jeremy Wright on June 30, 2023 at 2:13 pm

    great coverage in a short time!

  23. JimJim on June 30, 2023 at 2:15 pm

    Hi, please can any one explain 4. Length of distance from pivot screw to correction in the calculator?

    Does this mean distance from pivot screw to the end of fence or the other screw in the fence in the opposite side.

    Or does this mean from the pivot screw to the cutting line of the table saw blade?

    Or is this just the length of the sled / fence?


  24. Don Mason on June 30, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    I just added some T track and a new rear fence to my C sled, and the new fence was way off. Your calculator + feeler gauges worked like a champ. Thanks!

  25. brian szymanski on June 30, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    I had the hardest time getting this to work. I think I’m realizing my problem was I was trimming the right side of the piece and rotating clockwise. This cuts the left and rotates counterclockwise. I think this made the calculators suggestions opposite. It took me a while to realize this.

  26. Emily Phillips on June 30, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    I’ll be asking about the USHW runners for the shop! Great idea

  27. Alain Mehani on June 30, 2023 at 2:19 pm

    Isn’t the material your cutting supposed to by on the fence.. makes no sense that your cutting the material and its sitting in the middle of your sled

  28. Wayne on June 30, 2023 at 2:19 pm

    What a great video and calculator method for squaring my saw.
    I have a DeWalt job site saw and the crosscut results in a lot of plat in the cut.
    I built my sled exactly like instructed in your video and after (1) adjustment and correction of .012…, my result is now .0005”…. This is a great video, very well presented, and super helpful….. Great Job! LIKED & SUBSCRIBED!

  29. Lee Cordochorea on June 30, 2023 at 2:20 pm

    So… Adjustment = ( screw distance ) x ( ( A – B ) / ( cut length ) )

    Why didn’t you just say that in the beginning?

  30. Chris Nolan on June 30, 2023 at 2:29 pm

    How did you calculate the distance from the pivot screw to the correction?

  31. Christian Salas on June 30, 2023 at 2:30 pm

    Thanks for putting together the calculator. I dialed in my crosscut sled to a .004" tolerance, which is fine for my purposes. However I must point out that the metric version is off. I tried a few times to dial in my fence using your calculator, but the "correction amount" was very off, as in 11-16mm (equivalent of roughly 1/2"!) while the same piece of wood remeasured in imperial was in the thousands of an inch tolerance neighborhood. Not sure if you got a decimal point off in the code or something? Otherwise great video and great (inches) calculator!

    Also, tip for everyone: Don’t use plywood for the temporary pointed "calibration board" that you clamp down in front of the fence. The plys are too soft and compress/break at the tip, compromising your measurement. Better to use hardwood.

    Tools used: Sawstop 36" Contractor Saw; ‘igaging" brand digital calipers from Rockler. Pivot point was in the 25" neighborhood.

  32. DaydreamingArtist on June 30, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    Tried the calculator 8 times and not one answer was correct, I did it once manually and got to 0.07mm on the first try.
    There is "definitely" something wrong with your calculator!!!!

  33. Brandon Donahoo on June 30, 2023 at 2:33 pm

    This was very helpful. Thanks!

  34. Mark Hazlewood on June 30, 2023 at 2:34 pm

    The calculator and feeler gage make ALL the difference. Now bookmarked.

  35. JUST TRY IT! DIY on June 30, 2023 at 2:34 pm

    great video, and the calculator worked great. easy to do

  36. SuperDuperTango on June 30, 2023 at 2:35 pm

    Wow. Thanks for the calculator! This made it so much easier!

  37. Robert Gaudsmith on June 30, 2023 at 2:37 pm

    I love your video. I am rebuilding my sled soon and appreciate the calculator. Thanks

  38. Bob on June 30, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    Many thanks for your very informative video and App. It was extremely useful in helping me make my first table saw sled. I was surprised but pleased that in my first attempt I reached an inaccuracy of 0.005098 which was within the tolerance offered in the App (0.001 and 0.01400).

    However, I didn’t want to known as ‘The (enthusiastic hobbyist) woodworker of imprecision’, therefore I narrowed the inaccuracy of the sled to 0.00081355, after buying some inexpensive feeler gauges. As we say in the UK, “I’m right chuffed”. Thanks so much for your advice.

  39. Alex Bjørlig on June 30, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    Can somehow explain what you mean with the 22inches? Would be so helpful

  40. Mike Pickard on June 30, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    1) BE 100% SURE YOUR BLADE IS ALIGNED (for me a deviation of .003 was tolerable) WITH YOUR MITER SLOTS (there are countless YouTube videos on how to do this but what worked best for me was a combination square placed against inside edge of miter slot to set distance to a marked blade tooth, then rotated that tooth 180 degrees and measured deviation with automotive feeler gage)

  41. FOB Werks on June 30, 2023 at 2:39 pm

    2:39 into the video, and I just caught something. You’re cutting on the opposite side of the blade from every other 5-cut video I’ve seen. However, your pivot point is on the same side you’re cutting vs. opposite side. I wonder if that matters.

  42. Jeff A on June 30, 2023 at 2:40 pm

    I used your method and calculator today. I spent a lot of time with my first alignment using my square to the saw blade. My first results was 0.0004. So I re-executed the process and came up with the same results so I screwed the fence down where it is.
    Thank you so much for your video and your great calculator. You time is greatly appreciated.

  43. jeff newcomb on June 30, 2023 at 2:41 pm

    Thanks. I knew the method, but the calculator made it so much easier.

  44. Trevor Sachko on June 30, 2023 at 2:43 pm

    But you only need 1 cut…

  45. Borja perez-abad on June 30, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    One stupid question, you’re supposed to start with a perfect square piece, right?
    Thanks for the video!

  46. Drskvch on June 30, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    First time watching one of your videos. I can’t tell you how many 5 cut videos I’ve watched and something was missing. watching yours and everything came together. Thank you! I think it was your use of a feeler gauge for some reason opened my eyes. Will check out your channel

  47. Elad Sinay on June 30, 2023 at 2:48 pm

    when doing the 5 cut method, does it make a difference which side of the blade you cut on?

  48. Chad Duncan on June 30, 2023 at 2:49 pm

    Dialed in to .001 in just 3 adjustments with the calculator. Awesome tool. Thanks for making it available.

  49. Rob Gill on June 30, 2023 at 2:49 pm

    A great calculator and well explained! I was just wondering if I can use this on my miter saw which has a one piece fence?

  50. educated robot consumer on June 30, 2023 at 2:49 pm

    Bro that worked perfect just made my first sled with micro jig zeroplay rails and after one adjustment I had it to perfect