Advantages of making a table saw crosscut sled

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.


This sled also is a combination miter sled, so I am getting two sled in one. Which helps with the storage problem.

Since I put in tracks into the base of the sled, I can use that for hold downs, to help hold small pieces. This will keep my hands further away from the blade. The miter sled also had tracks, which will be used for stop blocks, but I guess could be used to help hold a small piece on also.

This sled has the Kreg top track, which has a place for tape measures to go, as well as can hold the Kreg swing stop (a fancy stop block, that uses the measuring tapes too). That is super easy and nice to help make pieces the exact same length. The Kreg swing stop swings up out of the way, and can swing back in place, all while being in the exact same place it was.

With the front fence being there, pieces can’t get kicked back into you. It is possible they could get kicked over the front fence. A lot of your pieces will be held right up against the front fence though, making sure they won’t move.

The front fence can be set to a high accuracy using the 5 cut method. I used this method and got the fence to within 2.4 thousandths of an inch. That should give me easy 90 degree cuts.

The miter fence that comes with the saw is small, and for large pieces, the pieces drag on the table saw top, and inevitably pull the piece out of 90 degrees exactly. With the crosscut sled, the piece rests on the sled, and since the whole sled moves, it makes a much more accurate cut.

Overall, I’m liking the crosscut fence already, and have been using it a lot. Thanks to Nick Ferry, who made the excellent plans for this sled.

Parts used in this article:
Kreg Swing stop:
Kreg 1/2″ measuring tape:
Kreg 1/2″ left to right measuring tape:
Kreg 48″ mini track (Qty 2):
Kreg 48″ top track:
1/4 20 bolt, 1.25″ long:
1/4 20 knobs:
Sanding drum drill press attachment:
Countersink bits:

Optional parts:
Mini hold down clamp (3″):
Hold Down clamp (3 5/8″):
Hold down clamp (about 6″ (?) and it looks like you’d need to replace the 5/16 bolt with 1/4 20 bolt and knob)
Kreg miter track (if you don’t make your own out of wood – Qty 2):
End cutting nippers (to cut screws shorter):

Big Tools I use:
Table Saw, SawStop PCS:
SawStop Industrial Mobile base:
Overarm dust collector:
SawStop 80 tooth blade:
SawStop 40 tooth blade:
SawStop Dado safety cartridge:
DeWalt Dado:
SawStop Cast Iron Extension:
Bench Dog Router Extension:
Router Lift:
Band Saw:

Smaller Tools I use:
DeWalt Drill/Driver set (very nice!):
Bessey REVO Clamps:
FastCap Glue Bottle:
Chisel set:
Brad point drill bits:,180
Forstner Bit Extension:
Bubble Level:

Sharpening Stones:
DMT 8″ Course (D8C):
DMT 8″ Fine (D8F):
DMT 8″ X Fine (D8E):
DMT 8″ XX Fine (D8EE):

Safety Equipment:
Dewalt safety glasses:
Dewalt safety glasses Rx-BiFocal (choose your power):
Dust masks N95:

Camera Equipment:

3M 100:
3M 220:

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