Sometimes, you need to crosscut a board on your table saw that’s wider than your crosscut sled.
And that means you can't use a stop block on your sled. So how can you make multiple repeatable cuts?
Your first thought might be to use your table saw fence as a stop…
DON’T DO IT.
If you do, the unsupported offcut between the fence and blade can get pinched.
And if it does, it’ll kick back faster than you can say ER.
But there’s a simple solution that lets you stay safe while using your table saw fence as a stop.
And all it takes is some kind of block. Let me explain.
What you need to do is attach or place a block on the user-side of the fence before the blade.
It can be:
- A scrap piece of wood held in place with fence clamps or double stick tape
- A machinist 1-2-3 block
- Any rigid and square knick-knack you have lying around
Before making the cut, bump your board against this block. Hold it in this position on your sled, then make the cut.
What’s critical is that the end of the board is no longer touching the block as it passes through the blade.
This eliminates the chance of the offcut getting pinched between the blade and fence — giving you repeatable results without the risk of a kickback.
Make sure to account for the thickness of the block when setting up your fence (1-2-3 blocks make it easy since you just add 1” to your fence position).
If you use a miter gauge more often than a crosscut sled, this tip is especially useful.
Want to know more beginner table saw mistakes to avoid? Read this.