|Project by RockyBlue||posted 02-12-2012 02:47 AM||4717 views||14 times favorited||6 comments|
I recently made this sled for flattening log slices to make clocks. I use a rotary planer on my radial saw and run it back and forth over the piece till its flat enough to sand. The sled is made from a leftover piece of MFD slatwall. This worked very well for providing me with T-slots every 3 inches. This could be a great platform for any jig that needs hold downs in various places, but not always the same spot.
For the first face cut that will be the back of the clock, I clamp it down and plane all I can. Then I move the clamps from left to right and finish the cuts. I also made 4 small blocks to “block in” the workpiece so it won’t move. I drillled a grid of countersunk holes thru the jig. This is used to hold the clock piece down when cutting the second face that will be the clock face. I use 4 screws to hold it down from the bottom, plus blocking it in.
So far I have done 5 clocks on the sled and it works like I want. It measures 17” wide by 36” long and is very heavy which is good. If you are building one, a better choice for the slatwall would be the style with aluminum t-slots. But since I already had this piece leftover, its good enough for now.
I could see a similar table being usefull on a drill press or whatever you can think of.
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