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Project by woodsmithshop posted 118 days ago 1831 views 14 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a sled for cutting small parts, ruizd came up with a great sled for small parts, but it did not quite fit what I wanted, so I modified it by adding another knob to one side of the sliding fence on the right side and adding a clamp hold down position at the rear of the sliding fences, the clamp idea came from Izzy Swan, and I modified it a little bit by making it so I had two hold downs on the same clamp, and making it longer, giving it more reach. I hot glued erasers onto the bolts so they would not mar the wood.
I had to experiment with the placement of the hold down bolts and one of them is adjustable, backward and forward, while the position of the whole clamp is adjustable also. there may be more modifications on it as I start using it, but at least I have a place to start now.
I would like to thank ruizd and Izzy Swan for their ideas, and I hope they don’t mind my borrowing them.

-- Smitty!!!

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#1 posted 118 days ago

Like It! Great inginuity. Quite safe.

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#2 posted 118 days ago

Looks like a good sled.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 118 days ago

Now this is really cool and def VERY useful. Great job and thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 118 days ago

Hold on, this looks like a good idea after idea after idea.

That’s just how things develop, even in the commercial world believe it or not. Two or three heads are better than one.

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#5 posted 118 days ago

Nice work, should serve you well.

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

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#6 posted 118 days ago

Slick idea. Right in the favorite box.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 117 days ago

Cool design.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#8 posted 117 days ago

Good work Smitty.
Around here we don’t say” borrowed idea ” we say inspired by so an so .LOL

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 117 days ago

I have never seen anyone make a de-sta-co clamp out of wood before, that is amazing.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#10 posted 117 days ago

I guess I “borryed ” an inspiration Jim. lol
thanks guys for all the great comments.
one thing I’ve already changed is, I lengthened the fence on the right side so that I have more adjust-ability on that side.
now I need a way to make it all more repeatable.
btw, I am using a 1/16” kerf blade on this. works great and less waste.

-- Smitty!!!

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#11 posted 117 days ago


here is ruizd’s sled
and here is Izzy Swan’s clamp

-- Smitty!!!

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#12 posted 117 days ago

Great sled build and thanks for the links.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#13 posted 117 days ago

Thats awesome! Great modifications.

-- Izzy Swan - A Creative Thinkers approach to Woodworking

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#14 posted 117 days ago

thank you Izzy, so far it is working out great, I was totally amazed that it hit the top three today.
but I can’t take all the credit for this , all I did was make a few modifications to suit my needs, all though there are all kinds of possibilities for others to modify it to fit their needs with both the sled and clamps.

-- Smitty!!!

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#15 posted 117 days ago

I like it! That is one beefy hold down clamp!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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