|Project by mpounders||posted 03-27-2012 03:01 PM||2160 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
I have recently been rebuilding some of my jigs and stuff after being inspired by Steve Marin and others on this site. This is based on the great “Super-Sled” design, using 1/2” ply for the base and a routed t-track on the top for stop-blocks and such. I made a replaceable ZCI for the fence out of 1/4” hardboard and used the 5 cut method for aligning it.
I wanted something that was light and easy to move and hang when not in use, so I made it 28” wide, with 15” in front of the fence. Most designs I have seen have a fence at the rear, but I am not sure if I want one. Leaving it off has some advantages, in that the sled is lighter and I can cross-cut pieces up to 30” wide, since I don’t have that rear fence in the way. Should I put a rear fence on, maybe using t-nuts or something to make it removable? What exactly are the benefits of that rear fence? My old sled didn’t have one, but I sure hate to miss out on something, so please advise! I still want to make the 45 degree fences and possibly a tenon jig and a miter spline jig. Thanks for looking.
-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com