If anyone out there watches the woodwhisperer or goes to his website http://thewoodwhisperer.com/ you will see that he has just made a new crosscut sled. Since I don't have one right now and I have a bunch of plywood lying around from a cabinet project I just finished I thought I might try it out.
Why have a crosscut sled?
Well, I have one question for you. How often do you cut a board at 90 degrees? I would say most often when people use a table saw that is what they are doing. With a crosscut sled you can do that operation over and over with ease and do it safely. It is easier to set up a stop block on it for repeatable cuts. You will also get clean cuts because of the zero clearance bottom and backstop of the sled. This would be one thing to think about if you don't have a zero clearance insert on your table saw at the moment. They usually run about $25 plus shipping and the material for the crosscut sled will cost you the same or less. If you have ever tried to cut a large panel on a table saw that needs to be square, especially if that large panel is something like a bookshelf, it is not fun. Because bookshelves are skinny and long they will not ride against the fence without rocking, which is really dangerous. With a sled you can just through the board on it and cut away knowing it will be a good 90 degree cut every time.
Plus, you get to go in the shop and basically build yourself a tool that you will use over and over. You can't beat that on a Saturday afternoon.
I will load pics in the next couple of days to show the finished project. In the meantime go check out the woodwhisperer video and make yourself a crosscut sled.