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A table saw is a very useful tool that can speed up your work immensely. By adding a sled to it, you can improve your speed even more, making it simple and quick to reproduce the same cut several times without making new measurements or any changes. But purchasing a table saw sled can be quite an investment. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to build one if you have the desire, a few tools, and a bit of DIY experience. The following 17 plans will help you create a table saw sled for a fraction of what it would cost to purchase one.
These simple plans from Fix This Build That will help you build an extremely accurate cross-cut table saw sled. The steps are well documented in an easy to follow video. You’ll need some specialty tools for this one though, so it’s best for those with a full workshop and plenty of DIY experience.
Crafted from plywood and hardwood using basic tools and materials, this table saw sled from Woodsmith might be the last one you’ll ever need! It’s pretty simple to build and will only take a few hours. What’s even better is that you can build it to whatever size you’d like, so if you work with large material, you can build this sled to fit.
Paul Jenkins shows you how to build a cross-cut sled in this video, with free plans available for download. This sled can do dado cuts, angles, and more, making it a great tool for advanced carpentry. It’s very accurate and allows you to repeat your cuts time and time again with no variance. You will need to purchase a hardware kit to build this sled.
Follow along with Creativity Hero as she shows step by step how she built a simple crosscut sled with a flip stop block. This one is easy to build and can be completed by anyone with a little bit of DIY know-how. It’s made from plywood and uses common tools that you’re likely to have on hand already.
This table saw sled by Family Handyman is easy to build and will allow you to make perfect 90-degree crosscuts without making any adjustments in between cuts. It will speed up your workflow immensely. It’s made from plywood that’s glued and screwed together for extra stability.
Learn to make this Easy Table Saw Sled with step by step instructions. It doesn’t take much experience since it’s one of the simplest builds we’ve seen. It’s made with basic materials; plywood and 2x4s. You can complete it in a single day, and they’ll even show you how to check the accuracy of your sled once it’s completed.
Easy to build and dead-accurate, this Super-Precise Tablesaw Crosscut Sled by Fine Woodworking makes a quick and fun project for a DIYer with just a little bit of experience and a few tools. It’s made from MDF and 2X4s, so you’ll be able to find the materials you need at any local hardware or home improvement store. It will allow you to make perfect 90-degree cuts every time with no guesswork involved.
Check out the Free Tablesaw Crosscut Sled Plan by Wood Magazine. This sled is simple to build and just as easy to use. It will make using your saw much safer while helping you to make cleaner and more accurate cuts, speeding up your workflow in the process.
This Improved Crosscut Sled from Popular Woodworking is loaded with premium features to help you make more accurate cuts and improve its overall functionality. It’s easy to store since it stands upright on either end. Plus, it’s got adjustable stops and a zero-clearance sub fence, making this a very nice tool to add to any collection. It’s a bit more difficult to build since it has so many features, but if you’ve got the skills and patience to build it, it will help improve your workflow immensely.
For advanced carpentry, you need advanced tools. This Tablesaw MegaSled by Popular Woodworking offers advanced functionality with many accessories to attach. Of course, it’s going to be a bit more of an undertaking to build, but the result will be worth it. It’s still crafted from basic plywood, but you’ll need to get some additional hardware to put this together.
This high-quality Precision Crosscutting Sled by Freud Tools is an inexpensive but reliable tool that will help you to make accurate crosscuts every time. It’s made from basic plywood, but you can use MDF or whatever is available to you. It’s a pretty simple design that can be completed by beginners and advanced DIYers alike.
Whether you’re limited in space or you have a smaller sized table saw, this mini table saw sled by Woodgears is a compact version of the larger sleds we’ve seen so far. It’s easy to build and works just as well as the other sleds, despite its smaller size. Just because it’s small doesn’t mean you can’t use it with larger material though. It will still work fine with pieces of wood that are larger than the sled itself.
The perfect DIY upgrade for any table saw, this Simple & Precise Table Saw Crosscut Sled by Gunflint Designs will allow you to make perfect crosscuts with speed and precision. It’s made from a cedar beam and some plywood with PVC rails that slide easily with very little friction. You’ll need several tools though to complete this job, so it’s better for advanced DIYers.
How to Build a Table Saw Sled 101 by SawingPros will take you through all the necessary steps to build your own table saw crosscut sled. This sled is easy to build, yet it’s still a great tool for producing accurate and repeatable crosscuts. It’s made from 2X4s and plywood so you can easily find all the materials you’ll need for this project.
If you’re worried about how difficult building a new table saw sled might be, then Table Saw Sled: How to Build Your Own by The Power Tool Website is a great set of easy to follow plans that even beginning DIYers can tackle. It’s made from basic wood you can find locally and only a few tools are necessary. Steps are even included for the 5-cut adjustment method to help you get your sled as accurate as possible.
If you’re looking for a more advanced build with some premium functionality, then check out Making a Table Saw Extension and Cross Cut Sled by I Like to Make Stuff. This build also includes a table saw extension for cutting large material. What’s really unique about this build is the way that the sled can be stored inside of the extension, so it doesn’t take up any extra space in your workshop. You’ll need quite a few tools and some DIY experience to tackle this project, so beginners should steer clear.
If you feel like you’re too pressed for time for some of the more advanced builds on this list, then Build A Table Saw Sled in 10 Minutes by Izzy Swan may be appealing to you. It’s a very simple design that can be constructed in just a few minutes using basic tools and supplies. Even beginners can easily handle this project.
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