I’ve wanted a SawStop sliding crosscut table ever since I tried one out at Woodworking in America 2016. Sliding crosscut tables were a basic fixture in the English shops where I worked; I took them for granted as a safe, precise means of breaking down sheet goods and cutting multiple parts to identical length. For eons, I’ve used a radial arm saw, but I recently decided it was time to upgrade.
The unit arrived less than a week after I ordered it, and I wanted to get it working right away. According to the installation guide, I needed another pair of hands, so I called my longtime client-turned-friend Rick Harter, a retired teacher of high school science, who helped me set up other machines in my shop some years back. Neither of us is an engineer or millwright (translation: