Pen Sled

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Project by Lori posted 1335 days ago 5009 views 37 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this pen sled because I just didn’t like my fingers getting close to the blade. This allows me to measure my pen blank, lock the blank in place and cut it perfectly every time especially if I need to make repeat cuts!

The base is 9×14x3/4” Olympic Panel (, the back of the sled is 2 3/8” high 1 1/2” thick and the front is 2” high 1” thick Maple. The slot runners are Polyethylene (UHMW), I have a cam clamp from Rockler along with a polished aluminum angle stop to adjust for the correct length of my blank, the quick set push down lever clamp by Good Hands holds it in place for a perfect cut every time. The little insert is from a salvaged part of a Bubinga business card holder that did not quite make the cut.

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#1 posted 1335 days ago

That is so cool, I especially like the cam clamp stop…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 1335 days ago

Niice little slede Lori
I like the clever little gizmo you have made to set in the sawspur and that you made a pocket
on the slede to it

thankĀ“s for sharing it :-)

Merry Chrismas and Happy New-year

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#3 posted 1335 days ago

Super cool sled…I really like it alot.


-- Yes dear, I know I already have one...but it's on sale.

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#4 posted 1335 days ago

That one dandy of a sled Lori. It’s evident you put a lot of thought in to what will work for you. Nicely done.

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#5 posted 1335 days ago

Nice looking fixture … should help you keep all ten fingers right where they are now!


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#6 posted 1335 days ago

Very nice Lori. Neat idea and very well done.

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#7 posted 1335 days ago

Very nice!!! If I had to cut my pen blanks on the table saw I’d be stealing you great idea, however I’m a little more brave with my fingers in close proximity to the bandsaw blade for some reason.

You did a great job with the gauge and the clamp as well. Beautiful!

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#8 posted 1334 days ago

Lori, great sled! Parfect way of matching the blanks length with the insert everytime. I like the storage as well. A+

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

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#9 posted 1334 days ago

Nice Sled.
It was well thought out and well executed.

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#10 posted 1334 days ago


What a tremendous design and execution! Perfectly thought out!!


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#11 posted 1333 days ago

Very cool design…I’m going to add this to my list of jigs to make.
Thanks Lori

-- Vince

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#12 posted 1333 days ago

Wow! That’s a unique pen sled, particularly well thought, and well made, as most of your projects. Hat’s off!
Thanks for posting and sharing.



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#13 posted 1251 days ago

Fantastic sled , Lori : )
Everything about it is just perfect !
Going into my favorites.

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