|Project by Eric_S||posted 12-23-2011 12:55 AM||3512 views||7 times favorited||9 comments|
My old sled was made from crappy plywood and after cutting through one side support it wasn’t completely flat. Since I was about to make an end grain cutting board for my in-laws(http://lumberjocks.com/projects/57813 ), I thought it was time to make a quality one. This is what I came up with.
The base of the sled is 3/4” MDF, the runners are UHMW plastic I took from the previous sled I made, and the fences are scraps I had of cherry and maple with a handle of pine. The 1/4” acrylic protective piece was from a large piece I purchased at Lowes in the glass area.
I do plan on adding in routed t-track grooves for miter capability but time was of the essence so I had to skip that for now. I also want to add a fence stop to it, but for now a clamp and block worked fine. This thing is dead on accurate and cut all 4 sides square during my tests after a few minor adjustments. I love it and the handle makes it so much easier and safer to push. I think I may extend the safety area a bit longer in the near future as its hard to bring the sled all the way through the cut without it cutting through that piece of plastic.
Finally, the router planer jig was also needed for my end grain board. after the glue up, I was afraid to plane the end grain and cause tear out, even with light passes so I came up with this after looking at some examples on here. The cutting board gets screwed between the two blocks, the router sits stationary in the top piece and the whole top piece moves. It did leave some marks on the cutting board though that required sanding after to get rid of, but both sides were dead flat at least :)
The planer jig is made from 6/4 poplar for the support rails with a 1/4” piece of plywood the router sits on. The base that the boards to be planed sit on is a nice flat piece of 3/4” baltic birch plywood.
-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN