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

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

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nice!
 

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

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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.
 

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Great job, love it
 

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Joe,

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

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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.
 

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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.
 

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

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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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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?
 

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Top shelf!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.................Jim
 

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I am a little concerned about the screw holes. I actually planned for inserts so I have enough room (and a package of inserts). I'll see how long they hold out before I need them though.
 

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Nicely built sled and will be a joy to use .
Like the idea of a multi purpose sled and the zero clearance inserts also allowing it to tilt and have zero clearance .
I built a sled with the same ideas in mind and came up with a double bottom design http://lumberjocks.com/projects/61820
which has worked very well for the last year and a half .
 

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The zero insert is a great idea Joe.
I wish you posted your sled a couple months ago :)

Oh well I will use it in rev 2.0

thanks!
 
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