Crosscut sled V3.0 - this one's a keeper (with instructions)

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Project by lumberjoe posted 304 days ago 4271 views 102 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Problem – I have a need for a lot of sleds. I like the precision and safety of using them. The issue is they take up a lot of space. I don’t have a lot of space.

The solution ONE sled with replacable zero clearance inserts. Now I get true zero clearance cuts with any blade and any cut.

I made the bottom insert 1/4” and the fence insert 1/2” since it will be taking the full height of the blade.

While this is fairly unique, I can’t take credit. I combined John Nixon’s supersled with an idea I saw in popular woodworking.

I added my usual incra T-Track plus, Miter fence with Incra t track, incra T-Track stops and stop blocks.

A detailed how-to instruction guide can be found here


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#1 posted 304 days ago

Very nice looking and functional CC sled. And I agree with You that a good sled is a must have!

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#2 posted 304 days ago

Thanks. I’m sick of tripping over sleds, so I’d rather have just one that does everything. Also if you only have 1 ZCI per blade, you can trust your kerf lines for cut alignment.


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#3 posted 304 days ago

This is an awesome sled. Great instructions too. Thanks for sharing.

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Canadian Woodworks

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#4 posted 304 days ago


-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#5 posted 304 days ago

That looks like a great sled! Thanks for sharing all the pictures and instructions.

-- Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.

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#6 posted 304 days ago

Looks like a perfect sled for what you were setting out to accomplish. I like the replaceable zero clearance insert idea and the durable look of the jig.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#7 posted 304 days ago

Great job, love it

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 304 days ago

Very nice, thanks for sharing.

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#9 posted 304 days ago


Thank you very much Joe! I’m studying your instructions. This will be the second sled you helped me with!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#10 posted 304 days ago

Nice sled like your details,,,, I watched a video a yr or two back on this super sled and have thought about making it. Well done should serve you well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 304 days ago

Joe, about the 0 clearance insert. Would it ruin your back fence if you were to make some beveled inserts? I see lots of possibilities but I wouldn’t want to compromise the alignment or stability.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#12 posted 304 days ago

Great sled! Now all you need is an insert in the back for different angles that match difference ZCI.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#13 posted 304 days ago

I have a lot of blank inserts for future bevel cuts.

Mark, the insert in the back fence takes the hit for the bevel cuts. I can cut at a 1” depth (with the gullets above the work piece) before I cut into the actual fence.

That is also why I chose to use 1/2” plywood instead of 1/4” plywood for the fence inserts.


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#14 posted 304 days ago

I can see that now. Thanks Joe!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Matt Przybylski

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#15 posted 304 days ago

This is basically what I planned to do but with a slight modification. I think eventually you will wear out the holes where you screw down and into the bed and the fence with the sacrificial inserts. I was planning on adding either inserts or nuts into those spots and using machine screws to hold the inserts down. Thoughts?

-- Matt, Illinois,

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