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ez sled #1: toy tablesaw sleds - simple tutorial tip

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Blog entry by patron posted 07-14-2012 02:09 AM 2287 reads 7 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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i have gotten tired of making things
and halfway thru the process
find i need to make one of something again
and the tools are set for some jobs still ongoing

so having seen some great sleds by LJ Andrew Betschman

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/67727

i whipped a couple small ones together last night
no frills or whistles
‘just the facts ma’am’

turns out they work great
the first is a flat miter
for box parts

the second is a small straight crosscut sled
with the short side to the saw fence

at some point i will make some cadillac sleds (yea right)
the thing i wanted to share
is the simple way to cut lengths

i clamped a block to the saw fence
back a bit and measure my longest boards to it
(the fence as usual can be ‘tweaked’ for a perfect fit)
from the cut line in the sled

then since i wanted the grain to wrap around the box
(i had butterflied the boards)
i just made a spacer for the shorter board
and butted to it (be sure to remove the block
before cutting)

when i do boxes this way
i find the inside of the butterfly
is the better match
so i unfolded the board lengthwise end for end
and marked the parts roughly
and number the corners
1-2 2-3 3-4 4- 1
then 1a-2a 2a- 3a 3a-4a 4a- 1a (etc)
so regardless of how many parts are involved
i can always get them to each other correctly
(like when sanding final and gluing)
so as not to cut out of phase
one end has a side and an end
and the other has the same but in reverse
they have to be cut correctly
or the grain will not match

here they are folded open

and how they need to be cut

as i was scrounging boards from wherever
and had to jump back and forth with these processes
i was able to cut the parts for 10 boxes
in about 3 hours (including jointing
planing and sanding)

the one thing that will stop me from pushing ahead
is when the shop proces becomes to much like work

so i am a happy camper today
and though to pass this along
for you all to help make the shop fun

enjoy

-- 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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JL7

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#1 posted 07-14-2012 02:46 AM

Hey Happy Camper – looking good! Carry on!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#2 posted 07-14-2012 02:50 AM

thanks David , need these too your are a cleaver one ,the tutorial was great ,thanks for sharing .this a keeper going on favorites ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#3 posted 07-14-2012 02:55 AM

Nice sled, I am an advocate of KISS.

-- Tom D

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#4 posted 07-14-2012 03:07 AM

This is very similar to how I do things. While the big fancy sleds are cool and all, I find the light little “throw a ways” are usually easier to use. I lost a set of 1970’s bookshelves that should have been trashed in the 70’s, LOL, and the particle board that is still good is destined to become my next set of sleds. I figure they will look a lot like yours. Thanks for sharing. I am glad I am not the only one who does this.

Joey

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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patron

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#5 posted 07-14-2012 03:22 AM

thanks guys

the next one up
the pointy one
for making flat frames

the small ones are so user friendly
and can be changed and stored
so much easier
than those big ones for cab parts

i didn’t even ‘dial’ these in
i just made sure my fence was good with the blade
so the bases are square to begin with
and cut the dadoes for the runners from it 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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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 07-14-2012 03:37 AM

Hi David!

COOL & simple KISS sleds!

In that last picture… Did you resaw your board to get two identical pieces… To get bookmatched pieces?
... is that what you mean when you say you “butterflied” your boards?

COOL technique / procedure!

Thank you!

-- 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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patron

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#7 posted 07-14-2012 03:49 AM

that’s what i did joe
re-sawed a thicker one
and used the inner faces
on the outside

if you don’t
the grain change can look very different
on the two sides of the board
and they don’t come together as well

of course with this way
two corners diagonally
are ‘folded’
and the other two are book matched
or ‘mirrored’

-- 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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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 07-14-2012 04:01 AM

COOL point… using the CUT surfaces on the OUTSIDE… that’s as close as you can get to Matching grain! LOL

NICE tip!

Thanks again!

I have to remember this!
(the hard part!)

-- 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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#9 posted 07-14-2012 04:16 AM

ERES UN GENIO DAVID:
PERO LO BUENO ES QUE TE TENGO DE AMIGO PARA APRENDER DE TÍ ;-D
YA ME PONGO A HACER ALGO PARECIDO Y PUBLICO FOTOS :-)

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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rance

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#10 posted 07-14-2012 04:45 AM

I could use a KISS sled or two. Thanks for posting.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Bob Kollman

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#11 posted 07-14-2012 05:22 AM

Nice Sleds David, I love the sleds…..I even made one for cross cutting up to 30”. I was up early this morning with the jig saw…...I found out what a wonky cut is, never start work before you have finished that first cup of coffee. I agree with Kova also, your a Genius David!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#12 posted 07-14-2012 07:28 AM

The difference between Cadillac and Chevy is only in the name! Both can get you to the same places!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#13 posted 07-14-2012 08:15 AM

I’m sure they will come in handy for future jobs too. It’s always to have a jig on hand made some time in the past which can be put straight to work.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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patron

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#14 posted 07-14-2012 08:21 AM

i have 4 saws
1 cab
1 job
2 table tops

and hope to make sleds for all of them
then can just jump around without stopping

maybe 1 for dadoes and rabbets
(course they are on the back porch
just parked now)

-- 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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#15 posted 07-14-2012 09:36 AM

Great tutorial David. ALL of my jigs are Chevys. I’m not against beauty in the shop, but I am too lazy to make it that way. I’m not bragging, just stating the facts.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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