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Blog entry by NedB posted 11-17-2012 01:07 AM 1479 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi gang, long time no post…

I’ve been in and out of the shop lately, this week I’ve been working on another batch of cutting boards. THe last time I made boards back at the end of August, I found that on some of my boards, my cross cut sled was building in an uneven cut (out of square) when I was trimming for the flip/glue stage of the boards.

My old sled was built about 8 years ago, and I”m sure the fence can be adjusted. I didn’t glue it down, just screwed it on. HOwever it is built to do panel cuts on up to 24” deep workpieces. That’s all fine and dandy, but I’ve been working on much smaller pieces of late, and that honking big sled while stable and wonderful as a support isn’t getting any lighter to lug around the shop.

I have 6 ‘blanks’ in process…:

and so I dug into the plywood and lumber stash… and borrowing one of the two runners from the old sled, I made this:

It is 18” deep by 22.25” wide, 3/4 borg birch plywood with maple fences.

Those photos were just before I made the center cut. I’m in process of doing the 5 cut square method for the rear fence. It was a bit cold out there tonight, so I shut things down ‘early’ and tomorrow I’ll move the fence. My calculations using the method William Ng has graciously shared here on LJ plus on youtube show that I have to move the fence .243” back which sounds like a lot, but hey, I want square cuts, so… gotta do it. I’ll post more photos tomorrow.

Once I get that moved, I’ll add a trap box to the back of the rear fence where the blade protrudes at the end of the cut. I’ll also drill a hole somewhere in the field so that I can hang the sled up when it isn’t in use. I May also inset some T-track on the rear fence so I can add hold downs and a stop block etc.. Depends on how ambitious I feel (and if I can easily lay hands on the t-track. now that I think of it, I believe I will definitely add the t-track, but that I’ll simply screw it on to the face, and add a strip of maple to the top edge, giving me a more substantial handle to push the sled with.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com



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#1 posted 11-17-2012 01:15 AM

with a smaller sled
you will be much improved
those big ones are good for cab parts

but the smaller ones are a snap to use
and make woodworking fun again

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 11-17-2012 01:31 AM

David, that is indeed the idea… more fun in the shop is always a good thing. More precision and less waste are admirable goals as well. ;)

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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#3 posted 11-17-2012 02:38 PM

Ned, I thought you use a big sled on a table saw.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#4 posted 11-18-2012 04:12 AM

CJ, I still have that monster, this is Much lighter, and more importantly the fence is square to the blade, the other one isn’t anymore.

I’m not quite ‘finished’ with it, still have to put the t-track and trap box on the back of the rear fence. but I managed to get it squared up today.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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