I have some large commission pieces coming up, and I thought it would be a good time to get a smaller crosscut sled dedicated to my existing table saw put together. For this one, I added a miter cutting feature to the crosscut sled. It's super simple and easy -- I legit got it done in 20 minutes! Because this build was so simple, I have included FREE simple crosscut sled plans to download and tackle this one yourself!
You can basically build this sled with a handful of screws and some scraps. I used MDF because it is what I had on hand, and for the rails I used some scrap white oak. The runner rail is purpleheart, which was a piece of scrap I had in the bin. You can pick your own rail, but I do recommend using a dense hardwood like purpleheart.
So check it out! I’ve included a video below in addition to free simple crosscut sled plans and a quick step-by-step breakdown. Let me know what you think!
Begin by cutting the base of your sled to size. I used MBF for its durability and affordability, cutting it down to a specific width and depth for my table saw. You can find my suggested dimensions on the free simple crosscut sled plans I’ve included above.
Next, cut down the runner for beneath your sled. You’re going to want to use a strong, dense piece of wood. Cut it so it fits in your miter slot and smooth with a block plane for easy running.
Next, mark the centerline for your runner, measuring the distance from the base to the blade. Then secure your runner with countersunk screws and a bit of CA glue.
Start by tilting your miter blade to 45-degrees. Then mark the front and back for their fences. Once the fences are cut, begin by attaching the back fence with screws and check for square. Then add the front.
Once the fences are added, flip your sled over and cut your runner down to the final size. Add a coat of paste wax to your runner for easy sliding and gliding and add a coat of shellac to your sled for protection. And there you have it -- a super simple crosscut sled!
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Want to try this build out for yourself? Download the digital plan now for step-by-step instructions, measurements, and a detailed look at how to punch this project in the face.