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How to Make a Simple Crosscut Sled (+Free Plans!)

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How to Make a Simple Crosscut Sled (+Free Plans!)

John Malecki Makes Simple Crosscut Sled Plans

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Jul 13, 2018

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!

Project Overview: Simple Crosscut Sled Plans

How to Make a Simple Crosscut Sled for Woodworking

  1. Cut Base to Size
  2. Cut Runner
  3. Secure the Runner
  4. Mark Front and Back Fences
  5. Final Cuts & Apply Finish

What You’ll Need for a Simple Crosscut Sled

Tools & Materials for Crosscut Sled Plans

  • Wood for the Base, Rails, and Runner
  • Screws
  • Table Saw
  • CA Glue


Simple Crosscut Sled Plans: The Step-by-Step

Cut Base to Size

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.

Cut Runner

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.

Secure the Runner

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.

Mark Front and Back Fences

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.

Final Cuts & Apply Finish

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!


If you liked this project, check out some of my other shop builds:

Download the Plan

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.

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John Malecki

I used to be an offensive lineman in the NFL, Now I run my own furniture business and am completely self taught. In my videos and posts you'll see a variety of wood and metal work as well as some tips and tricks. Enjoy!