Sled for Wide Panels
The miter gauge that comes with most table saws is fine for crosscutting
a narrow board. But when crosscutting wide panels, a little extra support
for the workpiece is nice.
I made this simple crosscut sled, which works like a giant miter gauge,
for crosscutting panels on my table saw. The panel rests on a large, flat
base, which is guided smoothly through the saw blade by a pair of runners.
A fence on the back edge of the sled ensures square cuts.
To build the sled, start by cutting a piece of plywood for the base. (I
made my base 16” x 30”.) Then, cut a hardwood runner to fit
in the miter gauge slot of your table saw. Now lower the table saw blade
and position the runner in the miter slot. Align the base over the runner
just past the table saw blade, and mark the location of the runner. Mark
and then drill holes for #6 x ¾” woodscrews to attach the
runner to the base.
To help keep the sled aligned, a second runner is added that rides against
the edge of the extension wing on the table saw. Once both runners are
in place, place the sled on the saw and trim off the right edge of the
The last part of the sled is the fence, which is a piece of 2x stock ripped
to width, with a chamfer routed on the bottom edge for dust relief. I
used a framing square to position and then screw the fence in place (see