The lifeblood of most woodworking shops is the table saw. To put that machine to its full and best use, jigs designed around the table saw are essential. While we at 360 Woodworking don’t care for jigs that require summoning the spirit of Rube Goldberg to understand and use, we think a simple sled is the primary jig for a table saw.
If you search for simple table saw sleds, you most likely will find two distinct designs. For the purpose of this article, we call these sleds a panel-cutting sled (designed to sit entirely to the right or left of the blade) and a crosscut sled, which straddles the blade in some manner. In the video above, Chuck rolls through the building process for a cross-cutting sled. (Go here to learn more about building and using a panel-cutting sled.)
The preponderance of sleds found in consumer woodworking shops are crosscut sleds. As you may have guessed, the 360 Woodworking shop, being a commercial shop, has and uses both designs. And we feel that each has its benefits and its draw-backs.