Concept Ideas using SketchUp #2: Adjustable Sled

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Blog entry by George_SA posted 12-03-2014 09:09 PM 2111 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My second blog in this series is an adjustable sled. In a perfect world a sled would stay spot on accurate for ever. In the real world however things go wrong for various reasons. To overcome this problem I thought about a sled with a fence that could be adjusted when it goes out of square for whatever reason. Then I saw Dave's Super accurate crosscut sled here on LJ. This was also the inspiration for the SketchUp model which can be downloaded over here

The other reason is that I found that squaring the fence on the initial build is quite a fidely afair and with this design I hope to overcome that problem.

I also put in a few features which I would like to incorporate in sled mk iii. The removeable long fence. Replaceable zero clearance inserts to name a few.

I also incorporated a piston block stop block from Woodsmith tips

Comments and positive critique will be appreciated.

Edit 12/12/2014
Here is an easy method to square the sled using a dial indicator. If you don’t own a dial indicator the 5 cut method can also be used.

-- Sometimes life gets in the way of one's woodworking :)

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