After spending the last two months building nearly 40 holiday gifts for family and friends, I’m really looking forward to spending the winter building a furniture piece or two. To build these presents, I needed a very accurate jig for crosscutting stock on my tablesaw, with a minimum of tear-out. To do that, I built the crosscut sled shown below. The sled measures 24x24”. The front and rear fence are 1” thick (two pieces of ½” plywood laminated face to face) and 3” high. The fences are glued to the top of the ½”-thick plywood base. The back fence (closest to the operator) has a ¾” wide groove ¼” deep running its length.
The 6” long stop has a mating cleat on its back side that slides smoothly in the groove. Read more
The list is made and I’ve got three-dozen gifts to make in the next month. One of the gifts my son Carter and I have been working on is turned cheese planes. Shown below is a very basic PIP for this project. Craft Supplies did have some very rudimentary instructions on their site, but I cannot find the download now. The key is the correct size of rabbeted tenon for the metal ferrule. I used scrap figured maple for the handles. Read more