Three sled afternoon

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Project by bygrace posted 10-19-2013 03:14 AM 2087 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m pretty new to the hobby, so my projects have been pretty limited. Only one project (a lamp) posted, and two more lamps to be posted in the next few weeks. But I’ve been eyeing the beautiful boxes made by other lumberjocks and thought I would really like to learn how to make those. So yesterday I decided to give it a try. Well, it turned out to be a very frustrating afternoon. Couldn’t get the miters right after a few tries and then sliced into my Incra miter gauge when I forgot to adjust the fence after I tilted the blade. One of those days when it’s better just to walk away.

So today was a much more satisfying day. Got off a little early, and, since I don’t have any sleds or jigs to speak of, thought I might try my hand at those. Maybe they will even help me with my box making. So I was able to knock out three basic sleds.

The first is a simple cross cut sled – MDF base, oak fence and runners. The second is a miter sled for low stock. Oak plywood base and oak fences and runners. The third is a miter sled for wide stock. It has and MDF base and oak fences and runners.

Probably should have used plywood for all of the bases but I was only using what I had on hand. The runners are very tight so there is no slop. I had to wax the runners and the slots on my table saw so they would slide easily.

So no projects completed but it was still a satisfying day. I’m hoping these sleds will make things quicker and at the very least, safer. Thanks for looking and thanks also for all the great projects the rest of you lumberjocks post that inspire.

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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Michael Wilson

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#1 posted 10-19-2013 03:20 AM

Nicely done! After a couple projects you’ll definitely have a series of “why did it take so long to make these?” moments.

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#2 posted 10-19-2013 04:24 AM

Def agree with Michael. The sled and miter jigs are HUGE time savers and and sure make life in the shop MUCH more easier! Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#3 posted 10-19-2013 10:41 AM

Very nice batch of sleds…you will be very happy you made them. They are so handy in a woodworkers shop….well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....



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#4 posted 10-19-2013 06:00 PM

very nice. I am building my cross cut and mitre sleds myself and your post is very timely and encouraging. Thanks for sharing.


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#5 posted 10-19-2013 10:29 PM

Well worth the effort and nicely done….great looking sleds Andy. I am a big fan of the miter sled and cant believe I didnt build one sooner.

-- 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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#6 posted 10-20-2013 02:29 AM

Thanks everyone. I used them today to start my first box and they’re working out great!

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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#7 posted 10-20-2013 04:20 AM

have some of these on my to-do list, just havent gotten to it

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#8 posted 10-20-2013 08:02 PM

Great sleds, I wish I had space to store move than one

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 10-29-2013 12:48 PM

you should do a Red Bull commerial….. “Red Bull, it gives you shop sleds!!”

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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#10 posted 10-29-2013 01:29 PM

Congratulations. These will be a nice addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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