Sled Storage Solution

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Project by HillbillyShooter posted 03-25-2012 11:42 PM 3973 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sooner or later most of us build a crosscut sled for our TS. (Photo 2) But, the sled is not exactly compact or petite, so how to store it becomes THE question. My solution was to design a holder between exposed floor joists in my basement workshop. (Photo 1)

As can be seen in pictures, the basic holder is a platform (Photo 3) with two fixed cleats at one end (Photo 6) and two rotating cleats at the opposite end (Photos 4 & 5). The rotating cleats are on 3/8” bolts that pass through a 2×4 and are held up with springs on top of the 2×4 and held in place by a fender washer and lock nut. If one wonders how well this works, I would hasten to add that this system has served me well for the past 15-years without any problem whatsoever. The top of the holder houses dowel stock.

Thanks for looking.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#1 posted 03-25-2012 11:46 PM

Excellent idea, I may have to consider storing mine that way. Thanks for sharing.

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#2 posted 03-26-2012 01:09 AM

I like that! That sled looks as big as mine. Based mine on David Marks sled. Although my ceiling is pretty full already. Hmmm.. Might have to look into rearranging.

But I think mine is a little longer and that thing is heavy, how do you get it up there? And one shoulder ain’t what it used to be.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#3 posted 03-26-2012 01:58 AM

I hang stuff on the ceiling too. Keeps my wife from messing with it. I hadn’t thought of the rotating cleats. Good idea. Thanks

-- I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you. I'm sorry,thanks.

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#4 posted 03-26-2012 02:10 AM

That was a mighty smart idea.
I’m always moving mine around the shop when I don’t need it.

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#5 posted 03-26-2012 02:21 AM

Greta Idea, that beats moving it every 5 minutes, wherever I place mine is always in the way.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#6 posted 03-26-2012 02:26 PM

Great idea. Nice post!

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

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#7 posted 03-26-2012 02:33 PM

Good thinking; that will do the trick.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 03-26-2012 07:54 PM

BlankMan: Why not use a pulley above? That should do the trick and be kind to your shoulder. Hold the rope in one hand and turn the locking cleats with the other one. Make sure it’s well balanced :-)

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#9 posted 03-26-2012 11:01 PM

Sigh…. his sled looks better than most of my projects.

-- Thank You Veterans!

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#10 posted 04-24-2012 02:34 AM

I would consider doing that as well if I had low ceilings.

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#11 posted 07-31-2012 02:04 AM

Great idea! I’ve been wanting to build a sled, but where to sore it has been one of the biggest problems keeping me from doing it. I thought about stowing it from the ceiling, but had my doubts about the utility of that solution. Thanks for showing that the idea can work in the real world!


-- Sow justice, reap peace

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#12 posted 12-01-2012 11:04 AM

That is a great idea to use the air space and keep that sled out of your way!!I have mine under my metal lathe and I always kick it. I’m, going to do that too!!Thanks for the idea….................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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