I was having trouble using a hand plane to flatten my workbench top. The plane was having tear-out, and despite trying a backbevel, the blade continued to tear out. This is my first time trying a hand plane, I basically don’t know what I’m doing. I decided to try the router sled method to flatten it.
I just recently made a crosscut sled, and thought I’d go over some of the advantages and disadvantages of owning a crosscut sled. I can’t think of too many disadvantages, except it is another thing to store in my small shop, which doesn’t have a lot of storage space, or any space at all. Of course, that may not be a disadvantage for you! The only other thing is you can’t use the table saw blade guard, but the sled has a lot of safety advantages.
I looked all around online at the different cross cut sleds that people were making. I really liked the Nick Ferry video, his sled really looked awesome, and he explained how to make it really well. I went ahead and purchased his plans as well. You can also check out his plans here: https://nickferry.com/product/table-saw-cross-cut-miter-sled/
Here’s a link to Nick’s how to make video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtwK9X8o1Gw
I needed help supporting my maple lumber when ripping it on the table saw. These were unsurfaced 8/4 boards (2″ thick), 9 to 12″ wide, and ten or eleven feet long. To rip these by myself, I needed something like this to support the board coming into the saw, and on the outfeed side. The outfeed side in my case for a board this long actually has to go out my open shop door, and down a step, so it needs to adjust to fit the saw height when sitting down a step. I needed something that would fold up for easier storage.