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Project by BusterB posted 637 days ago 1910 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well finally finished one of my piddle projects….3/4 plywood base, 2×6 front and back rails, plexiglass top guard and a backside blade guard. Cost was minimal because plywood was given to me by my boss and I had everything else buried in scrap pile. Thinking I may go back and cut a slot in back rail so I can have an adjustable stop block but that is a project for another day. Only real issue I had was cutting the rails to work with that narrow T-track on my tablesaw….not a small amount of mumbling and grumbling during that phase. Looked over and even Barney was shaking his head….well when he woke up long enough lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)





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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 637 days ago

Looks like a stout addition to the shop, that will serve you well.

I keep seeing sleds posted and everytime, I say; I needz tooz makez me one of theez! One of theez daze!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 637 days ago

Nice job, Glad it came out good. Can’t wait for knee to heal and get back out there. enjoy…...

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

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whitebeast88

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#3 posted 637 days ago

great looking sled buster.i built mine a few weeks ago and i wish i’d built it sooner.my next one i build will have the plexiglass and the t-track also.mine don’t look nowhere near as nice though.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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AJswoodshop

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#4 posted 637 days ago

Very nice sled!

-- If I can do it.....so can you! -AJswoodshop

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CessnaPilotBarry

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#5 posted 637 days ago

That’ll work fine!

A side note… ALL of my sleds, for last 15 years, and all the sleds I’ve used in schools and other shops have been “on the cheap”... There isn’t much reason to spend much, in either time or materials, on a perfectly useful, completely accurate, sled.

My last few have used 1/4” birch ply runners (from scrap), fences built from skinny (1 1/2” to 2”) rip offcuts bricked and jointed, a floor made from whatever sheet goods were handy, assembled in about a total of 30 non-continuous minutes. No t-tracks, no purchased hold-downs, no adjustments, no purchased hardware, beyond screws and brads.

The birch ply runners are stable and long wearing, as the bearing surfaces are end grain birch. If you look at most miter slots, there’s no bearing surface below ~ 1/4” deep, so there’s no reason for a deeper runner. The glued-up fences are extremely stable with the varying grain that makes them up. If I want stop blocks, I clamp them in place, if I want hold-downs, I screw something to the floor, or use wedges between the work and front fence. If the kerfs wear, I screw a 1/4” MDF “liner to the bottom and/or the reference fence.

Here’s to you making lots of cool stuff with your “cheap” sled! ;^)

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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#6 posted 637 days ago

Looks good to me.

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NedB

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#7 posted 637 days ago

looks like a great sled, good job!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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Rick Dennington

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#8 posted 637 days ago

Stellar job on the sled, Buster….it should serve you well for many years….you can never have enough sleds …...!!!! Is 5 too many…?

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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doordude

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#9 posted 636 days ago

looks good, you even have the safety guard,so you don’t dip your hand across the blade. barney approves

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Cantputjamontoast

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#10 posted 611 days ago

For the unkowing here, how did you square it all up with the blade?

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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BusterB

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#11 posted 611 days ago

Love the name toast… did not attach back rail until runners were installed and I had cut a saw kerf on tablesaw. Then used a square to “square” it up with blade and kerf. I glued it and slid it back enough that I could attach it with a couple of finish nails from underneath with air nailer. Was then able to remove it from saw and use some countersunk screws to assure it stayed true. Hope that helps some…

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Cantputjamontoast

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#12 posted 611 days ago

Thanks Buster!!!

-- "Not skilled enough to wipe jam on toast!"

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Canoe2day

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#13 posted 583 days ago

I’m gonna steal your idea and give you full credit for it, Thank you for the post. I really like it!

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BusterB

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#14 posted 582 days ago

Thanks 2day….its not stealing…its creative borrowing…lol I cant take full blame since I borrowedit frm others as well. Best of luck

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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