Face it! The miter
gauge that came with your table saw was never intended to
be used for cutting wide panels. That's why we designed and built
this Sliding Crosscut Box. The workpiece rests on a large platform
that slides across your saw table. So it's easy to cut boards up to
24" wide safely and accurately.
Then we added a couple more features that make the crosscut box so
handy you'll use it for all your crosscutting jobs. First, there's
an adjustable fence so you can make quick, accurate angled cuts (a
simple stop holds the fence at the angle you want). We also added
adjustable stops on the main fence and the angled fence so you can
crosscut any number of pieces to identical length. And we included
"zero clearance" inserts so you don't have to worry about the saw
blade causing chipout on the bottom of your workpieces.
We built our sliding crosscut box platform out of plywood. The fences
are made of maple. The overall size is 40-1/2" wide x 32-1/4" deep
x 6" high. The knobs, bolts, threaded inserts and screws should be
readily available at home centers and hardware stores. This project
plan appeared in ShopNotes No. 27.