|Project by ScottM||posted 08-29-2016 12:37 PM||803 views||7 times favorited||7 comments|
I’m beginning to build a new crosscut sled. My new version will have 2 t-tracks parallel with the blade for hold downs or spline jig or tenon jig, etc. So I was cleaning up some scraps from a box I made for my daughter, she took it before I could get pictures, and had some small pieces of oak and walnut. Most of them had mitered ends that I had used as a frame on the box lid. I started laying them out seeing what I could make with them and decided that I could make some wooden hold downs. I searched around and found some here that I liked. There was a link to a template that I found I couldn’t download. The post was a few years old and I figured that it just didn’t work anymore. I checked the home page of the author and saw that there wasn’t much activity from him so I looked through the comments and found a comment and download from a user that I had seen recently in the forums. For giggles I contacted both the author and the user. To my surprise I heard back from both and they both provided the template! I also found out that the template download still worked but my workplace was blocking the site.
So on to the project. I laminated my scraps together in an alternating pattern so I’d have one with a visible walnut surface and one oak. I drilled them out, cut them on the band saw, sanded with my belt and spindle sander. I sealed them with a couple of coats of shellac and then top coated with satin lacquer, both from rattle cans. These have a 3/4” dowel in the top that will rotate based on the piece being held so that the bolt and knob stay vertical. I’ll probably find something to dip the ends in for more grip or maybe stick on some sandpaper in the meantime. I guess first I need to build that sled. So many thanks to both Dodeka, original project, and HerbC for responding my template requests.