|Project by Nate Meadows||posted 05-20-2012 03:14 PM||2558 views||4 times favorited||21 comments|
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