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Alaska Jim's Comments of the Day #28: Progress on the Super Sled…………and the Super-Sizer Panel Sled is finished

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Blog entry by Jim Bertelson posted 11-15-2010 03:21 AM 1966 reads 4 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally got the super sled miter arms done.

I still have to make the guard and a T-track mounted flipping stop block. I really don’t see those as being very hard to do.

But I can’t work in the shop any more this weekend. I over did it yesterday and worked there again today, and my wrists are complaining. And I have surgery in the morning. So done for the weekend. That is why I know I will never be a heavy hand tool user. Power, any time it makes sense.

So here is the sled, at this point in time, with a example piece of wood on it…....

It has been used quite a bit actually, even without the miter arms. I have a little adjustment work on one side of the fence, which doesn’t affect wood less than an inch thick. A warping and aging thing I suspect. Otherwise it is good to go. The fence is totally adjustable and replaceable, it is bolted on only.

Super Sled
Thanks to John Nixon, Patron, a1Jim, Scott Bryan, etc, etc, etc…........a work in progress with the help of my friends….....(-:

And the….........
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. Super Sizer Panel Sled, complete with oak trim
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For newbies……..that’s what LJ’s do…......oak trim on jigs and fixtures,
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.....................so I had to do it too……………(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska



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davidroberts

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#1 posted 11-15-2010 03:39 AM

I thought you had built one about a year ago. Is this a new improved one?

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 11-15-2010 03:57 AM

Those are Super NICE sleds!

Really COOL…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 11-15-2010 04:04 AM

david
Same sled, sloooooooooooooww….....finish. But I have been using it, I am just completing the details.

How are you doing…......haven’t talked to you….........er…..........for a long time. I remember batting around different aspects of the sleds. Hope all is well….....we are doing fine here. Work and old age slows me down…................(-:

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 11-15-2010 04:06 AM

Joe
Hey Joe, how are things? Yes, I have been working on these things off and on, and I am nearly through with the Super Sled….....easy stuff now. A lot of shop projects in between.

Thanks for stopping by…..always like to hear from you….......I’ll try to keep abreast of you as well….........

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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NBeener

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#5 posted 11-15-2010 04:12 AM

I keep looking at ideas for the next one I’m going to build.

I also keep coming back to the Dubby as an option.

I’m also kicking around using phenolic-faced plywood, for the table.

But … in the end … I’d really rather just … have yours.

Would you mind, Jim ?

I think you know (or—more importantly—could be convinced to believe) that I’d do it for you ;-)

Very cool gizmos there, Buddy !

-- -- Neil

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grizzman

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#6 posted 11-15-2010 04:38 AM

that is one heck of a sled….i need one, i know….should i wait to see if this one comes up for auction…i bet i would wait for a long time…so i guess i better build my own…or maybe get beener to do it for me…he has time wood and tools…and boasts of it…lol…......yea…i like that idea…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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lew

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#7 posted 11-15-2010 04:41 AM

Great sled, Jim!

Really like the flexibility/versatility built into the movable fences.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 11-15-2010 04:47 AM

Neil
.........just so you don’t covet my wife…...........that’s proscribed, isn’t it?

Yes, you may covet my sled…....(-:

The Dubby has been around forever, I think. But if it is built with precision, it might be worth it.

OK…............and away we go…............youse are going to love the rest of this…........(-:(-:

I think, once I get this sled finished, it will take up housekeeping sitting on the top of my TS.

Thats because, I think, when I get a new bandsaw, I will do most of my difficult ripping on it.

Or….......I may get one of Larry’s Torques WorkCenters (TWC), or possibly the Festool plungesaw with the guiderail….....or both, besides the bandsaw, making ripping a question of choosing the option.

And I am not just talking, I am serious about all the above. The TWC really intrigues me.

But I was thinking about possibly making a Christmas present, and realized I needed a real bandsaw….

But because I am older than dirt, I am going to buy one that will be my last bandsaw, so it has to be a good one. I am looking at the two Grizzly’s reviewed in FWW Tools and Shops Annual Issue, I think you get FWW also, so go look it up, if you haven’t already been drooling. I will never have great access to wood, so I suspect my choices will be limited, and I will buy in bulk, resaw, make my own veneers, etc. But I am old, and my shop size is limited. So the 17 inch is tempting, but the larger one….........that just couldn’t be justified for its footprint, in my small shop. It will have to be mobile, and that means big stable wheels with locks.

That FWW review was a very interesting, and if it all pans out, a great review of the big bandsaws. I read about people cutting most stuff on the bandsaw, if they have a good one. Crosscut wouldn’t be reasonable, but ripping of all sorts would be. But I would also have to get a good jointer, and planer, and/or drum sander. Space is an issue, but I am programmed to eliminating a bunch of old stuff. I have been hesitating until I decided this is really a good hobby for me, but I think I am now committed. So….........we have another blog item….......ripping in the shop…....and then in the delicatessen section, which bandsaw to buy…..(-:

........a fun week looms ahead, except work looks like a bear…............

Thanks for peeking into my world…........

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#9 posted 11-15-2010 04:54 AM

Grizzman
Maybe we could barter a train or two for my grandchildren…........for the sled…........(-:

The panel sled came together for the project table, made it in a hurry, but it works very well.

The super sled, of course, worked without the miter arms…....patron, when seeing my design a year ago, got me into that, and then I ended up making a sled similar to Scott Bryons’s. Bunch of other’s were in there too.

So the sled has been working, but now is really ready for the big time.

Have a good one, 34 deg here, has been melting all day…...typical Anchorage freeze, thaw, snow, rain, winter…........you know….....

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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David Craig

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#10 posted 11-15-2010 04:56 AM

Jeez Louise Jim! I know I made cracks about you being the Q of the James Bond woodworking world but how many jigs are you set to replace with the almighty one? You do much more then I am certain that you and Larry will be working together to bring out the Torque Workcenter Junior to the production line.

Hope the surgery is in your favor tomorrow Jim. And I hope the surgeon has your since of humor.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Jim Bertelson

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#11 posted 11-15-2010 04:58 AM

lew
Loved your trays for Christmas, your usual great work.

This should be very flexible. I used the T-track installed in the sled proper to set up an impromptu jig last weekend to make a bunch of stuff. Now with the arms, that is magnified considerably. I have a shelf full of hold-downs for the project table and the sled. On the fly jigs are really easy.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#12 posted 11-15-2010 05:11 AM

David Craig
In case there is any doubt, I am the surgeon….....and the patient needs my sense of humor to heal….....as well as my hands and wrists to do the job….....but some days, my cutting sense of humor alone….....is sufficient…....(-:

By the way, I wanted you to know, that T-track should be bought only from Rockler, as the preferred provider of such products, as well as their holddowns….....you noted I gave them an exclusive….......for the obvious reason…............ ............................ .................

I am sure it is obvious…............

..................doesn’t blue constrast with the wood just perfectly, and their holddowns….....the Rockler imprint….......the Rolls Royce of holddowns….........

..................don’t you think that is just devine…........if not elegant…......and oh so chic….....

Perhaps we might elevate the sled to an artistic statement…..............

.............huh?

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#13 posted 11-15-2010 05:27 AM

Oak trim? Nah, not me. I like using Walnut! (I have more walnut scrap on hand right now…)

The sled is starting to look really sharp. I bet Rockler is loving you with all that T track you bought from them!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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twokidsnosleep

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#14 posted 11-15-2010 05:33 AM

Hey Jim,
Read that FWW magazine on the plane over to Oahu, bought it in the airport.
I am vegging out on the lanai after a hard day at the beach and pool and liberal applications of MaiTai’s
I just bought a GO555P this last summer:
http://lumberjocks.com/twokidsnosleep/blog/17346
Grizzly was fine to deal with, shipped to Canada and the unit went together fine. I do not have 220 in my garage so many larger saws were out. If you get a 14”, then would suggest
1.Must have riser kit to get 12” capacity
2.Must get a good aftermarket blade (Woodslicer or Timberwolf)
3.Mobile base is an asset
My saw does everything I ask of it and the only complaint I have is dust collection port is poorly located
So much for my .02 regarding bandsaws

PS:
I am blow away by this resort and its use of wood- Koa I think….the woodwork is amazing. You know you are a wood-nut when you spend time fondling woodwork around a resort ;0

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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Jim Bertelson

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#15 posted 11-15-2010 05:34 AM

Hey David (dbhost)
Don’t have much walnut, have a few scraps left over from Norton the sanding block. And he sanded those miter arms prior to finishing. He is the shop mascot, and makes for an excellent sanding block.

Yup, Rockler preferred customer.

My mother always said I looked best in blue….............(-:

Watching your electrical…......it is money….......plan for it….......save for it.

You need it for a lot of reasons….........

Have a good one….......off to eat corn chowder and home made bread sticks, from scratch…........byyyyyyyyy….....

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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