|Project by toddbeaulieu||posted 04-11-2011 08:35 PM||3420 views||16 times favorited||18 comments|
I’m so glad to have found this forum and I love looking through the projects.
I’m just starting out, so I’m pretty stinky at most of the basic skills, but I’m slowly moving forward.
I finally got 240v out in the barn and was able to fire up the cabinet saw, which had been sitting around for a full year, serving as a work bench!
I saw the sled projects recently posted and got motivated. I figured it would be a good project to start off with, because it’s basic and also useful for other projects. I decided to go with formal track, instead of slots in the base because they looked cool and fun to implement.
My first base came out so crappy that I couldn’t bear to look at it. In addition to my many screwups (absolutely butchered it with the router, trying to make the mitre slots), the plywood didn’t sit perfectly flat. Something I hadn’t noticed until the very end. You can’t help but see the burned wood on the mitre arm mounted to the sled. My neighbor tells me that’s probably my fence pinching the work piece. Gotta look at that.
So, back to the stores to spend even more money. This was not a cheap sled! I picked up a dado set …. WOW! So much nicer!
This time around I made thee base from 1/2” MDF, sandwiched between thin sheets of plywood. My theory is that the MDF will be much flatter, but would be prone to damage if not protected by the ply. This was my first experience gluing plywood. Wow do you have to work fast!
I dadoed the slots for the top tracks. Had just enough wood left to sink 1/2” screws to hold in the tracks. I also dadoed the rails into the bottom, but just a tiny bit to keep them in place … and so I could use my new dado set, bringing the cost/cut down a little.
I made the fence from two pieces of fingerjointed stock that I had kicking around. Got to play with the jointer and planer with that. I rabitted one of the fence halves, mounted the kreg track in and then sandwiched it in with the second half. While ripping it to the exact height I needed for the stop block, I hit one of the screw heads with my brrand new Forest blade. Later, I also ran it through the kreg rail … remember I said it was dadoed down into the fence? I’m such a hack. :(
I’m really not sure how useful this sled will prove to be, as I’m so new to this. It seems to me that I’ll end up using the mitre saw for cross cuts once I get it mounted in a nice table with another kreg measurement track on it.