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Project by woodbutcherbynight posted 12-07-2016 07:23 PM 2158 views 11 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Everyone has a design and they have 100’s of videos on the “ultimate” sled this or that. Realizing the benefit for some projects upcoming I decided to make two I think will work for me. Mine are basic, no clamp holds and tracks for this or that. Once used for some time I am sure I will have a wish list of upgrades and do. For the moment I wanted to just make the cut, accurately and be able to repeat without a lot of setup time. For this I made these two sleds, a miter sled for 45 degree angle cuts and a straight cut for smaller parts.

Both sleds utilize the same handle. This handle angle works with my bad wrist. I have a template for it so it was easy enough to duplicate then add the dovetail style joint to lock it into each sled. The straight cut sled has the handle to the left or the right of the center. Partly a safety feature and partly because some days I decide I am lefty and some days I am a righty. LOL. I designed the both sleds to be ½ inch taller than the maximum height of my sawblade so it cannot come through and possibly remove one of my precious digits. The handle also has a lock built into the bottom to stop the entire jig from getting past this and into the handle itself. Just to make sure I painted this area Safety Red.

The time taken to paint and put poly on may be seen as overkill but for a tool that will see a lot of use over the years I see it as a good investment. My final detail was to make sure once completed these new tools had a home, not thrown under the table somewhere. That took some time but I utilized the jig itself to make my holders. Tools need a home ya know?

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.





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bushmaster

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#1 posted 12-07-2016 07:44 PM

Very nice and well thought through.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Charlie Kilian

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#2 posted 12-07-2016 07:59 PM

I especially like the detail of having a dedicated place for them. This is often overlooked (which is to say, I overlooked it!) and is something I’m currently working on in my own shop.

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Notw

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#3 posted 12-07-2016 08:37 PM

I really like the safety catch on the handle so you can’t go too far, i haven’t seen this before

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hoss12992

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#4 posted 12-07-2016 11:55 PM

Great job buddy. You will gets lots of use out of them and they sure make life easier in the shop

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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#5 posted 12-08-2016 12:51 AM

Great looking.

Please be aware that your jigs look better than my projects ; ).

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woodbutcherbynight

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#6 posted 12-08-2016 12:58 AM



Great looking.

Please be aware that your jigs look better than my projects ; ).

- tmasondarnell

LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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htl

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#7 posted 12-08-2016 01:08 AM

Very nicely done and so pretty, will get er done for years to come.
Never false to impress me the different ideas that come through this site.
Switchable handle who would have thought. LOL

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 12-08-2016 02:34 AM

Great sleds!!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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LittleBlackDuck

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#9 posted 12-08-2016 02:47 AM

Great sleds o Timber Killer In The Dark... Simple yet functional and completely opposite to me. I need written instructions for most of my jigs so I’ll know how to use it again once it’s been idle for a day or two.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#10 posted 12-08-2016 07:20 AM

Wow! What a beauty! Not just functionality – look at those colours and finish!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Jim Finn

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#11 posted 12-08-2016 12:08 PM



Great sleds o Timber Killer In The Dark... Simple yet functional and completely opposite to me. I need written instructions for most of my jigs so I ll know how to use it again once it s been idle for a day or two.

- LittleBlackDuck


I am the same. I printout instructions on jigs I have made and glue them to the jig. This way when I pick up the jig a year later I will be able to re-learn how to use it properly.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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jayseedub

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#12 posted 12-08-2016 03:42 PM

I love the idea of the safety-catch, as well as for painting the area red. I did something similar to my sled (pink, in my case, since it was the can of paint I had laying around)—but I do find that my fingers slip into that area from time to time.

I really think that I need to put something sticky, pokey, pointy, or some other physical (not just visual) reminder that my hands shouldn’t go there.

Any ideas/suggestions?

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GR8HUNTER

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#13 posted 12-08-2016 03:53 PM

Great looking.
Please be aware that your jigs look better than my projects ; ).
- tmasondarnell
LOL
- woodbutcherbynight

A HUGE LMAO
I really love the handles ….....very nice sleds ….......GREAT JOB ….GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#14 posted 12-08-2016 04:10 PM

This is a nice looking jig. It’s very colorful and nicely made.

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

-- 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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htl

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#15 posted 12-08-2016 04:22 PM

This post may just save my fingers.
When I’m making my model wheels the jig I use has the blade way out there so haven’t make a cover and have to keep telling myself to keep away from it, but just build the cover and then. NO WORRY’S
Ps and make it petty too! lol

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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