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Project by Kurt T. Kneller posted 12-28-2015 02:51 AM 3711 views 29 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hope you all had a great Christmas,
I made this router sled to finish up a couple of cutting boards. I made 7 for gifts for Christmas, they were a huge hit.
This is the first time making cutting boards and I am real happy with the final product. Simple designs but I’m hooked.
However, the end grain sanding was a huge time consumer. I do not have, nor have access to a drum sander. So everything was done with a belt sander for the rough in, then my ROS 60 thru 180 grit. I have a couple of boards left to sand and finish and a few more to make to use up the remaining stock.
I decided to make a router sled to speed up the process and make things easier. Boy, this thing rocks. It works great and taking shallow passes makes quick work for flattening. The down side is ….what a mess.
I made everything from materials I had laying around.
The base is 3/4” ply from the BORG and is 27” X 33”.
The cradle is made from 3/4” baltic birch ply.
The rails are (2) laminated 3/4” mdf and are secured to the base with dbl sided tape.
The cradle guides are 3/4” red oak and are secured to with dbl sided tape.
I used the dbl sided tape to be able to make changes to the rail centers and height.

Thanks for lookin

Happy New Year!

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#1 posted 12-28-2015 03:09 AM

Nice looking sled. What kind of bit are you finding world best?

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Kurt T. Kneller

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#2 posted 12-28-2015 03:16 AM



Nice looking sled. What kind of bit are you finding world best?

- EggMan


Thanks.
I could only find a 1 1/4”d x 1 1/2”l straight bit close to home. I plane on heading out to my semi-close-to-home Woodcraft later this week and see if they have something around 1 3/4”d. If they don’t, I’ll order one. The slot in the cradle is 2”.

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#3 posted 12-28-2015 03:22 AM

MLCS has free shipping.

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#4 posted 12-28-2015 05:23 AM

Definitely making this sled. I made a cutting board and used a friends sander that took forever to do. How does it do with chip outs?

-- Al Hart

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#5 posted 12-28-2015 05:37 AM



Definitely making this sled. I made a cutting board and used a friends sander that took forever to do. How does it do with chip outs?

- Alan Hart


I did not have any tear out whatsoever. It is a new frued bit and I took really shallow cuts.
The board is 12×18 and I had both sides flattened in about 10 minutes. Depth of cut was less
than 1/16”.

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#6 posted 12-28-2015 09:08 AM

When routing the first side, how do you keep the board from rocking in the sled?

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#7 posted 12-28-2015 10:43 AM

i use wedges, one screwed to the bottom board, another triangle wedged between it and the board. if you but the board up against one side, you only need to wedge 3 sides

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#8 posted 12-28-2015 12:48 PM

I used some scraps that are dbl sided taped to the base. I used 4, 1 for each side.
The board is very secure and does not move. Before routing I did check the board for rocking.
I then laid the flattest face down. If there was rocking on both faces, I would use wedges.

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#9 posted 12-28-2015 03:32 PM

Great idea. I made a similar sled, but yours is better than mine. I will implement some of your ideas when I make cutting boards again.

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#10 posted 12-28-2015 06:35 PM

It’s a very nice jig.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#11 posted 12-28-2015 06:51 PM

did you use a plan, or make it on your own? if you used a plan which one, as i’d like to use it too!!!

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#12 posted 12-28-2015 08:27 PM



It s a very nice jig.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck


Thanks.


did you use a plan, or make it on your own? if you used a plan which one, as i d like to use it too!!!

- XquietflyX

No plans. Just looked at the rigs of other LJ’s ,Matt Cremona’s and Marc Spagnuolo’s. Then went from there incorporating my own needs. Really, the cradle is where most of the thinking was. It has to be made for your router. I am sure that in the future, depending what I am working on may require a longer sled than I have. I made mine to have flexibility to do the cutting boards and I have some cherry (might be choke cherry) discs that will need planed also. The very in diameter and thickness. Downside is, they won’t be ready for a couple of years…. I am planning on getting some smaller slabs that are dried and ready to work.

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#13 posted 12-29-2015 04:36 AM

Excellent!

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#14 posted 12-29-2015 05:49 PM

Very nice jig.

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#15 posted 01-03-2016 07:14 AM

great sled jig – thanks for posting…

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