Incra Miter Sled... My Version!

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Project by cFurnitureGuy posted 03-07-2010 11:27 PM 19613 views 31 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my version of the Incra Miter Express/ Miter 5000 Crosscut Sled….. I was in need of crosscut sled and was going to build a crosscut sled but already owned the Incra 1000SE miter guage! I like the accuracy of the Incra guage and wanted to utilize the guage in my crosscut sled.

For me the Miter Express was too small…and the 5000 came with another miter guage and i didnt need a second Incra guage…. plus the 5000 requires you to mount the guage permantly to the sled! So, i ordered just the Utility panel from the Express and made my own panels.. Just half inch birch ply laminated on both sides with light gray formica.

It works awesome and allows me to crosscut panels up to 26” wide and is accurate and stable… the Falloff table may be alittle too big but i like it for now… I may cut it down later but i will keep it for now! I have also considered adding a second miter track to the sled to reduce any chance of racking. i would add a track to the left side of my routertable extension. what do you think? think i will need the additional miter track? Thanks!

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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#1 posted 03-08-2010 01:24 AM

I almost pull the trigger on Saturday in ordering the miter sled to add to this same miter gauge. Now after seeing this sweet set up I just may rethink this one out. Your right on the miter express cut off panel being small, plus I like the add size of your main panel as well. Nice redesign work, thanks for posting …BC

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#2 posted 03-08-2010 03:40 AM

Very nice… see you have have that on top of an R4511… I have the same saw. With the size of that sled, I would go with the extra miter track.

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#3 posted 03-08-2010 04:02 PM

I guess we all think alike…I have the Incra 1000HD on my R4511 and was thinking of adding the crosscut sled…this just saved me some cash…I appreciate the post.

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#4 posted 03-08-2010 04:31 PM

I like this a lot. It looks like a good design.

I usually miter from the left side of the blade. Is there a benefit to being on the right side? Is your offcut support attached or freestanding? If it is free standing, do you find that it tracks forward when you cut, or does it stay put?

Very cool. I have favorited to use as inspiration for my next sled. Thank you for sharing.

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#5 posted 03-08-2010 04:51 PM

this is great! I was planing on doing the same thing a couple of months ago, but couldn’t find the aluminum track part that holds the miter gauge on Incra’s site anywhere, I could find all the other parts, except for that one- do you have a link to it? or the part ID?

thanks in advance.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 03-08-2010 04:53 PM

thanks fellas!
the offcut sled has an Incra Auminum Miter Bar that i lock it in place… just a quarter turn of a allen key and its locked in place and doesnt move. i drilled a small hole in the edge of the plywood on the offcut sled to slide an allen key in so i always know where it is and dont have to search through my tool box for one. i will take a close up!

I have mine setup on the right side only because the blade tilts to the left and if for some reason i need to make a crosscut on a 45degree angle the blade doesnt trap the work piece. plus its more comfortable for me holding my workpiece with my right hand and pushing with my left.

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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#7 posted 03-08-2010 05:02 PM

very nice work

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#8 posted 03-08-2010 05:09 PM

For the Utility Panel (PMXP-700100) you have to order it direct from Incra ( 1.888.804.6272 )
Here is the link to the Miter Express from which you can order just the parts you want… in this case its #7A. It comes with everything you need to set it up! just make sure to ask them about the hardware… the customer service rep said it didnt come with the hardware to attach your plywood panels to the Utility panel and they are an odd length. i didnt order them but they were in the box when it arrived! you can make this as custom as you want… i considered adding the panel connect and 90degree bracket to lock the miter guage on and angle but it want worth it to me. .. ican always go back and add it later! I also ordered a couple sets of the UHMW strips (PMXP-900200) to put on the underside of the sled.

Just an FYI the Miter Bar is part of the Utility panel extrusion… the Utility panel doesnt slide on the TS surface! its routed/dado into the plywood so that only the miter bar is touching the table! if you want to see details i can snap some pics tonight! just let me know!

Also check out there other parts and components on the website…. some of them are cheaper to order from them than it is to but locally or through rockler or woodcraft….

if you have any other questions let me know!

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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#9 posted 03-08-2010 06:58 PM

Thanks for the extra work cFurn.guy. Have a great week…BC

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#10 posted 03-09-2010 07:53 PM

Too me it just as rigid as using the miter guage on its own… i thought about adding the extra panel connector and bracket but decided to start off with the basics and if i needed it i would add it later! the one thing i may do though based on the size of my sled is add another miter track to my router table so there are 2 points of contact to reduce racking. anyways, one day i may add the panel connector and bracket but i dont think i need it right now! just last night i cut an oak board that was 3/4” thick x 27”w and 8 ft long … no problems!

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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#11 posted 03-10-2010 05:04 PM

the Main sled is 24” front to back (slightly longer than the utility plate) and about 20” left to right… that is from the utility plate over! I made it that wide so that i could add the extra miter track in the router table if i needed…. plus since my Miter guage extends out to 31” i like the extra support.

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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#12 posted 03-10-2010 05:15 PM

yeah… you can move the miter guage to almost any location on the panel… there was a small gap between the panel and the face of the fence… One thing i also did because of the sheer weight and size of the piece i was cutting, instead of sliding the miter guage back too far i had to raise the blade up through about the first inch! it was a rough cut so i wasnt worried about accuracy too much!

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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#13 posted 03-20-2010 02:35 PM

really nice job of MacGyvering your own sled from incra parts ! until i saw this my thought had been to change out the 17 3/4” miter slider bar of the SE1000 for the 25 3/8” slider bar from the SE5000 for the increase in crosscut length then put on a nice long, beefy sacrificial fence extending well across the saw cut and use this like a sled. dunno, you got me thinken’ now.


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#14 posted 03-20-2010 02:43 PM

Looks good, where did you get the panels to make the sled?

-- Mike, VT

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#15 posted 03-20-2010 11:22 PM

thanks fellas! the panels are just 1/2” baltic birch plywood that are laminated on both sides with laminate (wilson art/ formica).... last summer i found a guy on Craigslist that had a cabinet shop and retired because of health problems. he sold off all his tools and had a trailer full of high pressure laminate and wood veneers he wanted to get rid of… the best part was it was FREE! there were some really high dollar laminates in the bunch! so i am set on laminates for a long long time!

-- Justin, Savannah,Ga

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