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Project by ruizd posted 05-04-2013 02:58 AM 4152 views 18 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second try at a coping sled. The first coping sled had a 1/4” base and would flex when I applied clamp pressure so this one uses a 1/2” Baltic birch base and does not flex when pressure is applied to the clamps. I designed the sled for 2 1/4” wide rails but they could be up to 5 1/2” wide. I turned the two handles from an old broken broom stick I had laying around and a few plywood scraps too. The clamps are from Harbor Freight and was the only cost. I use a 1 1/4” wide plywood sacrificial backer that is double stick taped on to easily replace it and I use a home made stop block to not route beyond the sacrificial backer. It works great. Last weekend I made two doors for a custom cabinet for a neighbor. Thanks.

-- Dan - A good day is when you are done in the woodshop with all your fingers still attached!





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cathyb

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#1 posted 05-04-2013 05:50 AM

Beautiful! I spent hours using the router today. I wish that I had used that sled. Can you make me one? I know, make it yourself :-) Great idea and I really like those handles.

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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#2 posted 05-04-2013 01:14 PM

Very nice Dan. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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ruizd

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#3 posted 05-04-2013 03:02 PM

Thanks Cathyb and Scott for the kind words.

-- Dan - A good day is when you are done in the woodshop with all your fingers still attached!

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#4 posted 05-05-2013 01:06 AM

I just built one and wish that I had put the second handle on it as you did … I bet there is one there tomorrow :)

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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ruizd

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#5 posted 05-05-2013 04:35 AM

Having that second handle allows you to have total control of the sled and keeps your hands at a safe distance from the spinning bit. It’s now my second favorite jig and I plan to make a small storage cabinet with doors for the garage just so I can have an excuse to use it again. :)

-- Dan - A good day is when you are done in the woodshop with all your fingers still attached!

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SquintyPolock

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#6 posted 05-05-2013 01:17 PM

It’s an elegant looking shop tool and I can see very pratical. Nice work!

-- It's all in a day's work...

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NiteWalker

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#7 posted 05-06-2013 01:56 AM

Great job. I like the idea of the second handle. Added to the to-do list! :-)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#8 posted 05-16-2013 01:42 AM

Excellent idea. Will have make one

-- One can dream, about a passion not yet fully fulfilled!

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#9 posted 11-16-2013 09:20 AM

Well done….

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

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