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Project by BroncoBrian posted 07-22-2018 04:33 AM 1044 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This needed to be built for a long time and with some of the recent posts about building jigs, drawers, tool storage and other shop projects to learn your tools, I decided to get this done.

I lucked out on the first fence placement and got .003 over 52” using the 5-cut method. So 0.00075” on a 16-inch cut. I decided to leave that alone!

Any suggestions on a poly or wipe on to protect the top and fences?

I used 8/4 Hard Maple for the front and back. It is pretty heavy, but also very stable. Rockler t-track placed on the top face for whatever I decide to clamp on in the future.

-- My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.





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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 07-22-2018 04:36 AM

Very nicely done. One of the many projects on my to do list.

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 07-22-2018 05:21 AM

YES! You Lucked out!!

I think I would simply go with BLO (2-3 coats and cured good) followed by WAX…

Nice SIMPLE sled… which you could add features to… Like a large 45 triangle for miter cuts… etc.

COOL… Very nice!

It’s nice when a plan comes together…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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TheFridge

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#3 posted 07-22-2018 07:00 AM

Nothing like a sled that doesn’t need adjustment :)

I’d take that maple crap off and use some good old fashioned alder but hey. That’s just me and everyone else in existence :)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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Redoak49

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#4 posted 07-22-2018 11:19 AM

I use shellac on my jigs…... Dries fast

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Rick Dennington

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#5 posted 07-22-2018 02:47 PM

The way I see it….you can put whatever finish you want to on it….it’s your sled….Decide for your self..!!!!

-- " It's a rat race out there, and the rats are winning....!!"

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 07-22-2018 04:12 PM

That’s a great sled and it will serve you for a good while. It’s a fine addition to your shop.

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

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therealSteveN

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#7 posted 07-22-2018 08:59 PM

Nice job on the numbers. Sounds like you followed William Ng in the making of it. You’ll love having it, and it will increase accuracy on crosscuts, and possibly miters.

As to finish, anything that dries hard, and will allow you to wax the bottom for smooth running. The death knell of a sled is a sticky, gummy finish. Joe hit it right.

Consider putting a blade guard on the back side of the fence. Unfortunately I have seen a few cuts from people who didn’t see the need. If we were robots we would never cut ourselves, and we know it happens to us Humans. Chunk of whatever kind of housing, anything to cover the blade if you push a wee bit too far.

-- Think safe, be safe

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woodbutcherbynight

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#8 posted 07-22-2018 10:43 PM

Nice work!!

I agree with therealSteveN a blade guard would be a good idea. Building on that paint it bright red to remind you one last time danger is here. Also make the guard higher that the tallest the blade can be raised, again just in case. Because Father Murphy likes to visit at the worst of times.

Like this:

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

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awsum55

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#9 posted 07-23-2018 02:59 PM

How do you use the tracks? It doesn’t look like there is a way to get the hold down bolt into the track.

-- John D, OP, KS

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therealSteveN

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#10 posted 07-23-2018 10:58 PM

I imagine it depends on the brand of track, but the heavier stuff you can angle a toilet bolt down, and hook them into buried sections of T track, now a 1/4 20 nut, maybe not.

Wood Butcher looks like you seriously considered safety on your sled, nice job.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 07-24-2018 01:08 AM


How do you use the tracks? It doesn t look like there is a way to get the hold down bolt into the track.

- awsum55

He could have cut off the Top T-Track lips at the ends... so all he does is just push the bolt-head into the T-track…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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BroncoBrian

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#12 posted 07-24-2018 03:39 PM

Fridge – almost used Alder (you should capitalize the A, out of respect) but thought it would be too soft for the fence. Maybe hard Alder?

Awsum55 – great question, I considered a tall dado on the back side, but I am making another sled with a flat front fence to add track there, and that one will have a few tracks with full-length access. I was going for the most solid simple design on this one and I can easily use the standard t-track bolts on this, they fit in easily and rotate to catch.

Joe – great idea. I might do that, easily done from the back side of the sled.

Wax on the bottom worked great, sled slides very easily.

-- My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.

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BroncoBrian

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#13 posted 07-24-2018 05:08 PM

Steve – I used the WW and 15% of Nick Ferry. It is the WW sled with added tracks. I will make a Ferry sled as well for angles and more track options.

-- My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.

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Joe Lyddon

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#14 posted 07-27-2018 05:19 AM


Joe – great idea. I might do that, easily done from the back side of the sled.

- BroncoBrian

I guess you forgot about that?!

Glad we had an eagle eye to notice it! LOL…

YES! ONLY from the Back… you don’t want to mess up the front! LOL
How do you think you can get to the Lips the easiest way? Grinder, file, hack saw,... ??
... I’ve never done it BUT, it should be too hard to do…

I think I would prefer a good file…

Let us know how you do it… OK?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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BroncoBrian

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#15 posted 07-27-2018 03:15 PM


I guess you forgot about that?!

I think I would prefer a good file…

Let us know how you do it… OK?

- Joe Lyddon

Joe – I did not forget. I tested the t-track bolts and they fit in and rotate just fine. I even have a few jigs I was able to mount with no problem. I like the addition of notching the track though. I did not want to extend the track through the back and notch the back fence, flexibility was not the purpose for this sled, accuracy was.

I wonder about a simple round notch with a drill. I will test that, if not, I will use a file. I can remove the track and do whatever I want but if the tests do not go well, I will leave it alone. I can use any attachment with the t-track bolts.

-- My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them.

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