Coping Sled

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Project by rimfire7891 posted 1441 days ago 8119 views 59 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made a fair number cabinet doors using a square of MDF as the back-up for coping the rails of the door. Sometimes it worked well and sometimes not. So decided to make a coping sled. Not exactly a woodworking project, however did incorporate a little wood in the handle. Was a fun project. I got the base of 1/4 aluminium cut a little larger than needed by 1/2” all around the square The metal shop uses a shear and it slightly deforms the edges and I wanted a flat surface. I use the band saw to cut 1/2’‘off, all round the square to remove any trace of the upset.
A regular wood cutting band cuts aluminium like butter. All the rest of aluminium parts where cut on the bandsaw.
De-Statco clamps for the hold-downs. Paid $5.00 for square plate as it was in the scrap box. the rest of the material came from a friend who works at jet boat manufacturer, and they where all cut-off scraps. I find if you take the odd case of beer to some of the small manufacturers they will let you look in there scrap pile for treasures.

Thanks jb

-- Playing with wood and metal for the last 50 years, driving and building Land Cruisers for the last 40. Experience is what you get when you don't know what you are doing.

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#1 posted 1441 days ago

That has to be one of the coolest sleds I have seen. Great looking and functional.

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

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#2 posted 1441 days ago

niiiiiice jiig :—))


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#3 posted 1441 days ago

Very nice sled. Thanks for sharing.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#4 posted 1441 days ago

Is this a NASA prototype coping sled? IT looks very well designed and built. Thanks for giving us a look.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#5 posted 1441 days ago

Very nice and solid! Sure this will make perfect cuts.

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

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#6 posted 1441 days ago

Nice jig, I’ve seen many, this looks the beefiest.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 1441 days ago

Nice enough for a manufacturer to put into production. That does look like a very useful jig.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#8 posted 1441 days ago

A very nice jig, indeed. That looks great.

-- 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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#9 posted 1441 days ago

Way to cool, it could be a item for Festool…
Really nice job, thank you for sharing.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 1441 days ago

The Stranglehold Coping Sled…rock solid, should last a few years…lol…BC

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#11 posted 1441 days ago

great utility and good looking !!

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#12 posted 1441 days ago

I want one! Very nice indeed.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#13 posted 1441 days ago

Very cool!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#14 posted 1441 days ago

Wow that is an impressive looking jig. With safety in mind too, that is great.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#15 posted 1440 days ago

Oh, I got to have one of these. Off to the scrap metal guys! Thanks for the suggestions.

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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