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Simple Rip Sled

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Project by Kindlingmaker posted 07-22-2009 06:09 AM 9363 views 26 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Using the materials on hand this simple rip sled was made using 3/4” MFD, 2” x 2” redwood and a piece of broken broom handle and then four clamps. The bottom of the MFD was router with four slots first using a 1/2” bit for the clamp bolt heads to slide in then a 1/4” bit to cut through and make the slot. The redwood was added to the fence side of the jig to add stifening to the MDF and was srewed in from the bottom. Two pieces of the broom handle were cut and using a Forester bit holes were made in the redwood and the broom pieces were then glued in making two handles for the sled. To use it is just a matter of clamping down the wood that is to be ripped and placing the sled up again the table saw fence, cut, and the result is a nice stright edge to one side of the wood. I then remove the sled and put the clean cut against the fence and cut the other side of the wood making a nice board. Just a simple jig/sled that took about 2 1/2 hours to build and that was including lunch.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings





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#1 posted 07-22-2009 06:19 AM

How long is the Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) sled ?
I wanted to make one as well , but haven’t decided as to the length it should be yet.

Nice job on yours : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 07-22-2009 06:26 AM

Great job! I am likely to “steal” your design for my wood shop! Thanks for sharing!

-- When I die I want to go like my grandfather did...peaceful, in his sleep...not screaming like the passengers in his car.

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#3 posted 07-22-2009 06:40 AM

Very nifty Idea.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#4 posted 07-22-2009 06:41 AM

super sled

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#5 posted 07-22-2009 01:39 PM

Opps forgot to put the size. It’s 66” x 20”

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#6 posted 07-22-2009 02:14 PM

YUP ! Good eyes

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#7 posted 07-22-2009 03:26 PM

thats a great sled, and a good way to rip/joint lumber (and with no need for jointer).

just make sure that you store this sled properly. If the MDF absorbs moisture, or if there is any shear force applied on it (standing slanted against a wall) the MDF might warp.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#8 posted 07-22-2009 06:53 PM

Rob, I even saved the bark!

CessnaPilotBarry – The TS is a 650 and the outfeed table is a short hollow core door. The first cuts I did with the sled was to cut a taper board and it does a pretty good job even though it is a bit big.

PurpLev – Storing jigs has been 1 of 2 of the problems I face in the shop. There is little storage so I have to be a bit more creative. The other problem is storing wood but I fixed that one by storing it in a school bus. (The jigs stored there would get too much weather extremes. This last Saturday it was 112 here with 4% humidity)

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#9 posted 07-23-2009 09:50 PM

well done, ive never considered making a rip sled. I can see how that would be handy. nice work

-- RKWoods

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#10 posted 08-05-2009 10:32 PM

wow how did i miss this, looks good
when the cut off falls to the table it doesn’t bounce into the blade dose it?
never seen 1 in action just wondering i may make 1 of these
thanks for posting

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#11 posted 08-06-2009 11:57 PM

eddy,
I ALWAYS use a splitter and that has kept the wood going into the blade. In the pictures you will see that I have made a very tall and stout splitter and it has worked very well. Its made tall to make sure that no wood can hop over it and into the blade. I also use a Brett Gaurd when possible and the original splitter that comes with it could not be used with my General TS and the General guard stuff just plane sucked.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#12 posted 03-01-2011 04:58 AM

Jed – this is a neat sled. Thanks for the idea.

-- Harold

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