Router Table Coping Sled

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Project by Mainiac Matt posted 01-27-2017 03:10 AM 3032 views 11 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m finally making progress on my daughters hope chest build again and after getting the raised panels done and the stick cuts, I now need to make the coping cut in the ends of the rails. So I decided to make a quick sled, which of course, turned into another project.

1/2” Baltic Birch base
3/4” MDO clamp blocks
1/4” poly-acrylic guide
Stand offs were from an long 3/4” bolt, cut to length, then faced, drilled and tapped on a metal working lathe
All the clamps and knobs came from my cache of jig hardware I’ve been accumulating over the years.
Finished with a coat of Shellac to seal and protect from moisture.
Strips of scrap laminate put on the bottom with double sided tape and then waxed.
Cut strips from a broken 80 grit sander belt and attached to clamp blocks with double sided tape.

The Rockler hold down is a little big for this application, so I ordered their mini-version. But it hasn’t arrived yet.

I looked at at least a dozen plans and finally decided to base my design on one I found on line from the Wood Workers Guild of America.

Thanks for looking.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#1 posted 01-27-2017 03:16 AM

You outdid yourself with this Matt. Have you tried any cuts with it? I just need to get myself a metal working lathe and learn how to use it, then I will make one just like it. It’s more likely I will make one a lot less fancy, but I do need more than just my piece of plywood.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 01-27-2017 03:29 AM

That is some piece of work, excellent work!!

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

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#3 posted 01-27-2017 04:30 AM

Matt, that looks very well made and very robust too! I really like the lexan guide serving as a guard too. I think I’ll be basing mine off that design too whenever I get around to actually making one.

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#4 posted 01-27-2017 04:31 AM

I think that is great work

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#5 posted 01-27-2017 06:08 AM

I need to make one. Very nicely done.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 01-27-2017 12:56 PM

Great looking sled, Matt!

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 01-27-2017 01:11 PM

You did a nice job on this coping sled.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#8 posted 01-27-2017 04:51 PM

Beautiful Matt!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#9 posted 01-27-2017 05:42 PM

Very sofisticated devices and good looking too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 01-27-2017 06:02 PM

Great looking sled! Doesn’t it always seem to work that way? To finish one project you have to finish three others first…I’m continually caught in this viscous circle.

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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#11 posted 01-27-2017 06:19 PM

WW… you are absolutely right, it is a viscous cycle. After I raised the panels I had piles of dust all over my basement shop, as the shop vac hose in the fence hardly sucked up a thing. So I’m also waylaid with an enclosed router table base project. It never ends. But if it did, I’d be bored :^)

Thanks for the kind comments… I’ll be giving the sled a test drive this weekend.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#12 posted 01-28-2017 06:54 AM

I like that, Good job Matt. I want one too !!!

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#13 posted 02-01-2017 02:44 PM

Well done!

Now, I have to figure out what a router table is….LOL

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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