Another Super Sled

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Project by Lou posted 03-17-2015 12:03 PM 2681 views 43 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I finally took the plunge and made a super sled. I’ve been wanting one for a while now. In fact that’s how I found Lumber Jocks by investigating the super sled. I’ve only been on LJ’s for a short time but I thank you all for all the great ideas. Thanks to Horrizontal Mike and Routerisstillmyname and a special thanks to John Nixon at Eagle Lake Woodworking . Picture “1” shows all accruements for the sled. Obviously if I left them all on, I’d have no room for the work piece.
First the materials: All mostly leftovers. ½ ply for the base. Seems very sturdy . Two laminated Maple boards for the front and back fence. Extension is Maple. Handle is oak. Walnut finger guard. Cherry stops. ¾ ply for the miters. Purple heart wood for the runners.
Dimensions are 27” by 41”. This gives me a cutting area of 24×24 to the left of the blade and 24×30 to the right if I use my TS fence. Basically that’s pretty much all I need as I’m just a hobbyist. However I made an extension ( per Routerisstillmyname) as shown in (picture 2) that allows me to go left out to 45”. Picture 2 does not show it fully extended.
The extension and the stop on the extension for the main fence are removable.( Picture 2) The extension and the stop for the miter are removable as well. (Picture 3) The extension for the miter should allow me to do repeatable cuts for picture frames up to 35”. I haven’t tried that yet.
My sled is pretty basic as per John Nixon except for some minor details. I made the fence 4” high and recessed the top T rack. This gives my extension more stability. I also put a T rack on the fence face for “non flip up” stops. The “flip up” stops are on the top T rack. I chose a lock bolt configuration for “flip up” stops as per (picture 4). T racks for the miters are mounted on top and not recessed as per “Horizontal Mike”. As he says, better for hold downs.
My shop is small and I must pull all power tools away from the wall and hook to a dust collector before use. So I found a nice place to store my sled above my joiner and beside my TS as per picture 6.
The only other thing is I have ordered a ½” metal self stick rule that fits in the ½” slot between the top and face T racks(picture 5). When it comes in I should be good to go.
Accuracy is .010” over 48” using the 5 cut method. .010/4 = .0025” per foot. I can live with that.
Weight is 21 pounds.
Thanks for viewing.

-- What to make next. Hmmm.

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#1 posted 03-17-2015 01:54 PM

Very cool sled. How did you get it to hang on the wall?

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#2 posted 03-17-2015 02:21 PM

Thank you. Four screws protrude from the wall that fit the 4 holes drilled for the miter slots. Seems pretty sturdy.

-- What to make next. Hmmm.

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#3 posted 03-17-2015 06:57 PM

Aha! I see it now. Thank you for the clarification.

I think table saw sleds are the best for accuracy, repeat-ability and safety. Looks like you have a winner – enjoy.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#4 posted 03-17-2015 10:17 PM

great looking sled! – looks Pro

-- Greg Simon

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#5 posted 03-18-2015 12:19 AM

Very nice. Looks like it will serve you well

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#6 posted 03-18-2015 01:14 AM

Great job!

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#7 posted 03-18-2015 03:46 AM

As time goes on the design of the sleds become more technologically complicated, like computers. Your sled just boggels my mind. I think I would need a training course to operate it. Nice work, I am sure yours is the top of the list that anyone would aspire to.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#8 posted 03-18-2015 01:26 PM

Thank you everybody for the nice words. Most of the ideas came from other sleds on LJ’s.

-- What to make next. Hmmm.

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#9 posted 03-18-2015 01:53 PM

It’s very nice and certainly a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 04-16-2016 06:31 PM

I have made 3 sleds each one better than it’s predecessor. Still looking for the ultimate sled. I know what my needs are but the design is holds ng me hostage.

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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