Fence and crosscut sled

  • 12 Jan 2012 5:40 AM
    Message # 793006
    Hi Rob.  I notice in episode 3 that you're using the fence to set the length of your cuts and the stock is carried by the crosscut sled or guided by the miter gauge.  Most of the reading I've done discourages the use of the two together.  Clearly you wouldn't do it if you didn't consider it safe.  I'd appreciate hearing your thoughts.
    Marian
  • 12 Jan 2012 10:54 AM
    Reply # 793095 on 793006
    ROB COSMAN (Administrator)
    Anonymous wrote:Hi Rob.  I notice in episode 3 that you're using the fence to set the length of your cuts and the stock is carried by the crosscut sled or guided by the miter gauge.  Most of the reading I've done discourages the use of the two together.  Clearly you wouldn't do it if you didn't consider it safe.  I'd appreciate hearing your thoughts.
    Marian


    Hi Marian, splint is off my pinky no i have to retrain it to hit the "a".  I dont see any problem using the fence to crosscut as long as you have a sled or mitergauge.  It is important to hold the work pc firmly to the sled so it is guided thru the cut.  Some may feel you should not pull the work pc back past the blade, i would rather do that than be reaching over the blade.  The important point is that you must maintain control of the work piece.   It has to be held firmly thru the cut and back. 

    cheers

    Rob

  • 12 Jan 2012 3:33 PM
    Reply # 793253 on 793006
    Thanks Rob.  Congratulations on getting the splint off and good luck retraining the pinky for keyboarding.
    Marian
  • 12 Jan 2012 3:38 PM
    Reply # 793258 on 793006
    Anonymous
    The big danger is using the miter gauge and the fence on opposite sides of the blade.  If the off cut ends up between the blade and fence, with no support, you are designing the perfect kick back.  Using the sled makes sure that the piece can not rotate and get pinched by the blade, and Rob stressed the need to hold the stock firmly against the fence.
    Always pays to be safe,
    Gary
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