Cheap (there's a surprise) quick & easy ripsled

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Project by Shopsmithtom posted 2435 days ago 3700 views 16 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a quick way to true up some pallet boards that I wanted to use on a project (more on that later) and used a couple of hold downs (almost bought them at a woodworking store, but discovered some at Harbor Freight for about $3.50 each…have I ever mentioned that I was cheap?)
I took 2 scraps, one for the sliding base, and the smaller one to butt my pieces to be cut up against. I clamped a board in & set my rip fence to put a straight edge on one side, then flipped the board and put a parallel edge on the other side.
It is probably only useful for smaller stuff, and the hold downs provide good handles to keep it tight to the rip fence. It’s not real adjustable except for moving my rip fence, but, then again, it’s made from scraps and I can always make another of a different size. I only took about 5 minutes to put together. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#1 posted 2435 days ago

Yes, SST, you have mentioned how cheap you were in previous posts, so I guess you’re staying true to your character ;^D Have you ever considered running for political office? We could sure use some folks like you handling our tax dollars!

This is a great idea. Two weeks before Christmas I ordered a Freud Glue Line Rip blade, which I intend to use in place of my 6” jointer on some applications (it’s been on back order from Rockler for about 2 weeks, and I haven’t heard from them since).

I am definitely going to make one or more of these. Lee Jesberger likes to use a rip sled too.

Thanks a lot for sharing this tip with us. By the way, which size hold down from Harbor Freight did you use here? Thanks in advance for your reply!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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John Gray

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#2 posted 2435 days ago

COOL! I was planning on making one and in fact bought the hold downs at Horror Freight. You have shown a better idea than mine THANKS!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 2435 days ago

Hi guys;

This looks familiar! Thanks for remembering Tom!

We use these devices in the shop on a regular basis, so we got a little more fancy with them. we keep a couple sizes around for different length boards. One is 40”, the other is 80” . (I’m guessing at the length)

We have the fence board off center, with toggle clamps facing both directions. This allows us to use one side on wide boards, and the other side on narrow boards.

These simple devices save us an incredible amount of time in ripping rough lumber, as it’s one pass through a table saw, versus several passes through a jointer. It also works well for tapering boards.

For a detailed drawing of it:

With a good saw and blade, a glue quality joint is no problem. The board in the photo is 8/4” rough cherry, and was no problem to get a straight, burn free rip.(of course the ezee-feed unit helped considerably, but I won’t mention that or it would seem like a cheap advertising plug, and I wouldn’t stoop so low.) LOL.

This sled will extend the time between changing jointer blades, (everybody’s favorite duty), by a huge percentage.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 2435 days ago


Thanks a lot for getting into this thread and providing the link to your excellent plans. I am going to build on of these – SOON.

It’s true, you could have used this as an opportunity to plug your EZEE-FEED, but you’ve got way too much class for that (just kidding). ;^D

I just replaced my jointer knives because my old ones were dull and had a nick in them. After less than an hour’s use, my new carbide blades have a nick in them (and I even bought some high-end ones from Infinity). That’s why this sled idea sounds so good to me.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#5 posted 2435 days ago

Good idea for small jobs SST, thanks for sharing. Thanks to Lee for sharing his jig also.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 2435 days ago

Tom, I only saw one size hold down at the HF store. It has a horizontal span of about 4 inches. I haven’t looked on their website to see if there’s more sizes there, but I think I’ll get a few more just to use on my bench or on a tenon jig that’s going to be a future project. -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#7 posted 2435 days ago

Part numbers for the toggle clamps from the Harbor Freight website are as follows:
39880, 96233, 96234, 96235, 96236, 96237 and 96238.

Guess I’ll be ordering some too…

-- Hard work spotlights the character of people; some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all!

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#8 posted 2435 days ago


Thanks a lot for the info!


Thanks for part numbers!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#9 posted 2432 days ago

The simplest jigs are always my favorite. Great job. I could really use one of these too.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 2432 days ago

Great idea, and thanks, Lee, for the plan!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#11 posted 2424 days ago

I like this jointing jig as well. Been using mine for a while now. Great at jointing an edge. Especially useful is your shop is without a jointer like mine. If it could joint a face, I wouldn’t be in the market for a decent jointer. Well done

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#12 posted 2424 days ago

I made one of those. It’s leaning in a corner next my lumber. I remember because I keep knocking it over!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#13 posted 2353 days ago

It’s amazing how much you can learn on this site. Thanx!

-- Michael R. Harvey - Brewster, NY - - -

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#14 posted 1633 days ago

Hi guys, nice job on this ripping jig… looks great…
Gotta ask: Lee Jesberger: Did you mention the EZEE FEED? Or did someone else mention the EZEE FEED?
cause I think I saw EZEE FEED listed a couple of times in the above posts… lol
OK, enough advertising for Lee…
back to the project… love the simplicity… well done…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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