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Tips and Jigs for the Shop #5: Large Sled - Sketchup

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Blog entry by Jim Bertelson posted 1595 days ago 2395 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is the Sketchup view of my Large Sled, hopefully will start it this weekend. I do most crosscut on the radial arm saw up to about 14”, so I need a large sled for sizes beyond that. It will take a panel up to 24” wide. MDF base, high impact acrylic guard (thanks MickeyD), the rest is 3/4” birch ply. Runners will be aluminum bar backed with MDF.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska



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patron

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#1 posted 1595 days ago

looks good jim ,
put some removable swing protractor arms on it ,
and some stops ,
and you can do other cutting tasks as well .

-- 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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Tim Dahn

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#2 posted 1595 days ago

Nice Jim,
I agree with patron, incorporate a t-slot on the main rail to mount a movable stop for repeat cuts, I did this and use it all the time.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 1595 days ago

Thanks David and Tim. Guess I better find some T-slot. Is the only recourse to order that stuff? What are the outside dimensions of t-slot, or do they vary with the manufacturer? I haven’t looked hard, but I assume Lowes and HD don’t sell it. Alternatively, I could cut a groove and then cover the face with hard board with a smaller slot in it, saw that in my jigs and fixtures book.

With the size of this baby, I guess I might as well make it as versatile as possible. Have to do a little research on the protractor arms, but I have seen a few designs. I’m a digital freak, and just got my Wixey digital protractor from Rockler, along with some other measurement stuff. It would help set angles precisely.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 1595 days ago

Looks good Jim
The t nuts and track are sold by Rockler and a number of other on line sites. I’ve never seen any in a box store.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 1595 days ago

Jim:
Thanks for the info, I kinda suspected that. Guess I’ll order it up with some spare track and nuts. Its the kind of thing I like to keep around.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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patron

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#6 posted 1595 days ago

get some of those knobs while you are at it ,
that ride in the track ,
they are good for some other stuff too .

-- 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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Tim Dahn

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#7 posted 1595 days ago

Jim, You can also buy a router bit to make your own T-slot; http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=1572&filter=26099&ne_ppc_id=776&ne_key_id=3421663&gclid=CMTH35OOwJ4CFUlo5Qod_DyCog

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#8 posted 1595 days ago

Jim, this is the same size as the sled that I posted a little while ago. It is a handy tool to use in the shop but finding storage for it can be a challenge. If you haven’t seen it yet you might want to take a look at John Nixon's video that shows the construction of his version of a miter and crosscut sled. In the video he also demonstrates how to make a t-track out of hardboard.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 1595 days ago

... and mine!

But the miter piece is a great idea!

The SketchUp plan looks really good, Jim. The only mistake I made was in using Home Depot’s 0.093” plex. I’ve since bought something (?) much thicker and will soon switch it out.

Mine hides behind a few other things, against the wall, but gets even more use than I expected.

-- -- Neil

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#10 posted 1595 days ago

Looks good Jim. Luckily I don’t need one, but if I did I would build Nixon’s design with the mitering capability. I have this feature on my sliding table and I use it a lot.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Tim Dahn

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#11 posted 1595 days ago

Jim couple pics of the t-slot I made, toilet bolts from your local hardware store work great.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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Jim Bertelson

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#12 posted 1595 days ago

Whew. Guys, that is a lot of advice. Had to run some errands, lunch with Sherie, and had been looking at the Nixon’s site before I saw your post, Scott. But I remember now seeing your sled post back awhile when I was searching for something.
Then I was working through a search result here on LJ’s before lunch. With the links, thats more info than a guy can absorb. And then I get back here and you guys shipped me an encyclopedia. Now you got me, OCD has taken over, I have to do some variation on the super sled like Scott. Another week at least, just to wait for the parts. So more planning, more procrastination. I like procrastination, it is the mother of indulgence and laziness, and it creates mental exercise to find excuses. OK, so a few questions.

Tim: How well does your wooden T-slot hold up. I assume it has to be in a solid piece of hardwood? I noticed Nixon was using some routed slot stuff. I have a 3/8” T-slot bit, but would have to get the 3/4” one. I have had good luck with Rockler.

Scott: How is the sled working out for you, would you have done anything differently?

Neil: Your sled is the inspiration for this sled….....you are lucky though…....you don’t suffer from OCD to the degree that I do….......do you?

David: You are right, rats, I was gonna forget the knobs…....have to make up a parts list. Thanks.

Okay, I’ll wait for answers, chew my nails, and try to figure out how big a project this is gonna be….....

...............I can see and hear you guys, don’t think I can’t, you want a big project for the kibitz value…....huh (-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#13 posted 1595 days ago

Mike:
And of course Mike, you have to goad me on to the big project, too…......but somehow, I think there is less of the vulture in you, the other guys are just perched there looking for a meal (-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#14 posted 1595 days ago

All:
And believe it or not, I have a place to hang it. Over a frosted out window, one of three, one won’t be missed….... ................. mmmmmmmm… will it honey?

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#15 posted 1595 days ago

David:,
You are to blame for this…....”put some removable swing protractor arms on it, and some stops”.......right, kick it up a notch, you got me hooked….....but your advice is sound, if I am going to make this monstrosity and find a place to hang it, bargain with the wife for the window, I might as well make it really work. Thanks?!??@#%%^........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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