Mini cutoff sled with hold down clamps

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Project by CueballRosendaul posted 09-25-2012 02:30 AM 3130 views 15 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this sled earlier this year because I was doing some fine cutoff work for something and couldn’t safely do it on my 12” chop saw. Posting it now to show AJ my design.

Material is 3/4” oak plywood, with an extra piece at the back as a stop and an anchor point for the hold down clamps (which I found at a garage sale long ago for $1 a piece!) I used to have a two slot sled that ran the blade down the middle and had miter pieces, but I found myself never using it because it weighed 10 pounds. I used a piece of hard maple for the glide and centered it up by putting the glide in the slot on top of a row of hex nuts that held it up about 1/16 proud of the slot. I then ran a line of glue along the top of it and set the sled down on top with the right edge against the fence. When it dried, I added the screws to the glide, raised the blade and made the cutoff at the end. Before finishing it, I added a fine pencil scale along the bed in front of the stop. It’s super light and slick and I have no excuse for not using it.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#1 posted 09-25-2012 02:56 AM

Sometimes bigger isn’t better : ) Nice job !

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#2 posted 09-25-2012 05:51 AM

Very Cool Matt. and it’s pretty too

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#3 posted 09-25-2012 03:43 PM

Neat- two sizes should cover most, if not all, of your needs.
I was thinking of making a sled, this small one looks like a good start.
Thanks for posting.

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#4 posted 09-25-2012 04:58 PM

this is great for for making weave boards

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#5 posted 09-26-2012 10:46 AM

I built this sled with out the clamps….. What was I thinking
Time for an upgrade..
Thanks for the idea

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#6 posted 09-26-2012 12:54 PM

Super nice, super simple, super effective. Very nice

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#7 posted 09-29-2012 12:48 AM

Very nice! I built a new spline jig yesterday, it’s working out good!

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