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Project by lanwater posted 1480 days ago 2647 views 19 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am pretty sure this kind of project has been posted a zillion time but I decided to post it anyway.
I am happy it came out good and it serves me well.

Pretty basic plywood with plastic laminate /formica top and bottom applied with contac cement.

Dado on the bottom to hold the UHMV runner. Two other dados on the top for the tracks.
The dado for the runner was positionned so that I had a litle over 1/16 more than the distance from the miter to the blade. I drill 2 holes so I can hang it.
Once it was all assembled, Checked to make sure my blade was all square then run it through to cut the extra off.

All the exposed edges besides the one that contacts the blade received 3 coats of poly to seal them.

The 2 other pictures show the hold down and a tapered cut setup I was trying. The blocks in the picture was me trying to repeat the taper cut to make sure it all works goood.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA





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wseand

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#1 posted 1480 days ago

That is a incredible sled, you did a really nice job on it. I am sure it will serve you well for a long time.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 1480 days ago

Super jig well done

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schloemoe

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#3 posted 1480 days ago

I really like that I guess I’m going to have to build one also….................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www. woodrehab.blogspot.com

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GregD

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#4 posted 1480 days ago

I’ve been thinking of doing exactly that for a crosscut sled.

BTW, I bought that same saw recently. I also read your comments on your workshop page. I’ve been avoiding putting on my dado because I didn’t want to fuss with the blade brake. Otherwise I love it. Something I read on LJ made me realize that nicking the aluminum fence on my Incra miter gauge would set off the blade brake like what happened to you.

-- Greg D.

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 1480 days ago

Very well done : )

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

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lanwater

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#6 posted 1480 days ago

Thank you guys for the uplifting comments! Much appreciated.

GregD, If you get the freud Dado stack you soon discover you also have to adjust the space and drop your break quite a bit. Apparently not all 8” dado baldes are 8”.
To be honest I also very fond of the old powermatic I used in the classes I have taken. Enjoy your saw!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Skylark53

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#7 posted 1479 days ago

This will come in handy. Nice work.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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PCM

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#8 posted 1479 days ago

I built a similar sled, though not quite as long. You will find it very useful. For added safety I added a platform on the other side of the blade to catch the cutoffs. I also own a Sawstop Industrial saw.

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Ken90712

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#9 posted 1479 days ago

Great jig you made there!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Chase

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#10 posted 1479 days ago

that is indeed a very long sled.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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stefang

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#11 posted 1479 days ago

Nice jig. Could be handy to rip straight edges on wavy boards too besides probably a lot more uses as well.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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sandt38

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#12 posted 1479 days ago

Funny, I was thinking of building a long sled like this to join long boards that are just too big for my buddy’s jointer. I was thinking of building my t-tracks perpendicular to the edge rather then parallel. But the use of the blocks like you show may have changed my mind.

-- Got Wood? --- Somewhere along the way the people in Washington forgot that they are there to represent the people, not to rule them.

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Edward83

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#13 posted 1478 days ago

I dig your jig

-- Praise God in all things, especially the bad things because they make the best learning experiences.

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lanwater

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#14 posted 1478 days ago

Thanks for all those really nice comments.

The reasons for building this sled was for pattern cuting, irregular shape cutting, ripping irregular lumber and also small piece where I don’t fell comfortable having mu digit close to the blade.

I am pretty sure there are more usage for it.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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steiner

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#15 posted 1473 days ago

Thanks! Must make one.

-- Scott - Katy, Texas

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