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Project by Nate Meadows posted 05-20-2012 03:14 PM 2486 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Again I detailed this in my blog so I wasn’t sure if I should list this as a project, but I realize that many people would rather not read blogs as its easier just to see the short project list. The blog is here http://lumberjocks.com/NateMeadows/blog/29997 but here is the project:).

I made this sled from 3/4in 5ply Baltic Birch Plywood. Originally I wanted 9ply as it is more stable but I was all out! I also used an 1 1/4inch thick piece of alder as my front support. As my back support I used the same Baltic Birch Plywood but then capped it with my Kreg Miter Saw Stock that I had waiting for my Radial Arm Saw. (You don’t need to worry about cutting through the track. If you build the sled properly it will have no movement so the blade with only hit the aluminum once…and that is when you do the first cut through. I have a shop here that has a saw sharping service so I used a good finish blade and went slowly…wearing safety glasses then got the blade resharpened. Now I have a backer that will help eliminate tear out and will not need replacing!) I finished all of the wood with a coat of Tung Oil, my favor finish!

I raised the track an 1/8 of an inch of the table surface so that the sawdust or chips would not interfere with the alinement of any piece being cut. Since I have a Radial Arm Saw and a Compound Miter Saw I was not worried about making this thing ultra huge. It is 3ft by 2.5ft and sits atop my 1938 Altas 8in Tablesaw.

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate





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#1 posted 05-20-2012 03:18 PM

Good Job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-20-2012 03:54 PM

Thanks Jim! I do need to put some tung oil on it and trim the thumb guard, but other than that she is done and she works beautifully.

Very Gratefully,

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#3 posted 05-20-2012 04:35 PM

Nate,

I’m feeling a little better( not so jealous :) ) cause you have a 1938 table saw! LOL!

Keep movin forward!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 05-20-2012 05:18 PM

Hey Doc, don’t rip my tablesaw!:) (said in a joking voice)

This baby cut ever time that is in my floor. She has a one horse power motor which is great for her size.

Someday I will upgrade to a Laguna or Sawstop. I am leaning much more toward the Laguna for several reasons. (Better build, Much Better Customer Service and Laguna has been supporting me from day one as well. I have a sense of loyalty to Catherine and Torben, the owners. They are great people.

Time will tell:).

I also have my 18in waiting to get running:), after the floor is done:).

Very Respectfully,

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#5 posted 05-20-2012 05:38 PM

I say do what you can afford? Sawstop is wonderful machine. I’ll never (?) be able to afford one. Sounds like a great relationship on the Laguna, and seems you have checked the nex saw out. 18 inch bandsaw? Couldn’t fit an 18 inch circular in the shop LOL! Will be fantasic for resawing. Have any expectations on timelines for the floor?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 05-20-2012 06:22 PM

Nate your shop is really starting to take shape

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#7 posted 05-21-2012 01:59 AM

Looks like a fantastic sled Nate. Really nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#8 posted 05-21-2012 03:23 AM

This will be my next project. I’ve been researching many designs and I like the aluminum track on the face of yours. All the other ones I’ve seen have a track on top (for stop blocks, etc.) I just replaced the original saw blade on my benchtop so I think I could make one final cut with it before I retire it! I also like the finger guard. I was considering making mine from MDF. Any thoughts on BB ply over MDF?

-- "Begin every endeaver with the end ever in mind."

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#9 posted 05-21-2012 04:17 AM

Doc,

I have an awesome relationship with Laguna, at least I think so:). They are the most incredible people I know! I have a 18in circular tablesaw, technically its a 16in but its max blade is an 18in finish blade. If I were to get another bandsaw I would get the Laguna Resaw Master! Its my bandsaw on steroids. But I am actually very content with my bandsaw so I have no plans on upgrading.

Hmm, the floor. My wife would like it done now:). I hope to have it done by the end of the summer. Fingers crossed:).

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#10 posted 05-21-2012 04:18 AM

Thank you Eddie!! It is a slow but steady process.

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#11 posted 05-21-2012 04:26 AM

Dinger,

I would strongly advise against MDF. Yes it is flat but it will not stand up to the abuse and wear and tear. Plus, the cut line, the point were the action is happening is actually very violent. You want a very strong and stable surface on both side supporting your work. And chip out could cause your MDF to chip out and then you have a growing problem.

Also MDF is heavy. This is good to eat up vibration but that is about all. Moving and storing the jig will just be made for difficult.

Finally, MDF is not easy to screw into and assemble with. You want very strong bonds to hold the two halves of the sled together.

About cutting the track. I would go the otherway around. Purchase a new blade and make your first cut with it. Cutting the aluminum with dull teeth is a bad idea. Remember the whole point of this is to make a accurate jig that will last. Just get a nice but cheap finish blade from your local home depot. That should work just fine. Where safety glasses!

Very Respectfully,

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#12 posted 05-24-2012 10:43 AM

Super cool, wish we could have hardware like that in DK.
Great build.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 05-24-2012 10:54 AM

Thank you Mads!

I can send you some? I you want? I have another 4ft section!

Very Respectfully,

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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mafe

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#14 posted 05-24-2012 11:05 AM

Hi Nate,
That is really kind, I will love that, if I buy from US I get a large fee on top, but a gift is different as long as it is used, I will be happy to cover expenses.
I’ll PM you.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 05-24-2012 11:32 AM

Mafe,

No worries, thats what we are here for! I will get you the track hardware too, meaning the stops and the scales….though the scales are in inches. I will email you with the details.

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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