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Cheap help for my panel cutting sled

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Project by Bob Costello posted 1992 days ago 2712 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay, this is technically not a woodworking project but it was project to help with my working with wood. Simple enough. I made a panel cutting sled much like Norm used in a You Tube video I saw. But I cut the oak bottom slide too narrow at the most critical point, right at the back edge. A wiggle in the sled.

I could have cut another oak slide but realized I had something better in the kitchen . . . an old cutting board made out of material similar to UHMV if it isn’t UHMV. So I cut the cutting board up on the table saw, patched up the sled slider and problem solved!

And the cutting board is still usable if slightly smaller. These cutting boards are cheap at any discount store kitchen department so you don’t even have to wait for your UPS from Rockler.

If this is common knowledge, sorry, but for me it was a ‘eureka’ moment in the middle of the night and I couldn’t wait to get up this morning to repair the sled.

-- Bob Costello





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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 1992 days ago

Interesting, I didn’t think these were hard enough to stand up to the sliding friction. Keep us posted on how well this works. Thanks for the tip.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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scarpenter002

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#2 posted 1992 days ago

Cool Idea. As Mark said, let us know how the material holds up.

-- Scott in Texas

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lew

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#3 posted 1992 days ago

The boards are free if you make friends with a chef!!

The health department inspectors make them discard old boards when the become stained, discolored or deeply scored.

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

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tinnman65

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#4 posted 1992 days ago

Bob your wife must not have been really happy with you cutting up her cutting board :) I bought a cutting board and used it for runners on the cherry cabinet I did (most resent post). Not a ‘eureka’ moment for me, I think I read it somewhere before, but it made sense to me because the UHMV won’t expand & contract like a wood runner making it more stable. The cabinet was just finished so I don’t know how it will hold up in the long run but I’m guessing good.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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Sawdustonmyshoulder

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#5 posted 1992 days ago

I love the fact that you wrote on the panel cutting sled that it was a ”Panel Cutting Sled”. You must be getting like me. For a few seconds, I sometimes stand in the shop and think, “What is that? Oh, that’s my table saw. See. Right there on the front, “Delta Table Saw”. Gee, getting old is a bummer.

Great post. I think my wife’s cutting board is going to get smaller in a few days.

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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woodworm

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#6 posted 1790 days ago

Making panel cutting sled the cheap way is good idea and using the old cutting board for making the sled runner is even better idea (if your wife does not complaint).

I think the plastic cutting board is also made from UHMW of lesser density.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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