|Project by MT_Stringer||posted 01-10-2014 11:00 PM||5985 views||54 times favorited||16 comments|
I am in the planning stage to build new cabinets for our kitchen. I decided to modify my sled so this would be an easier task.
- I wanted to be able to cross cut the dadoes for the upper cabinet sides (top and bottom) so an adjustable width zero clearance TS sled seemed like a good idea and a lot faster than using a router and a jig (which I have).
- I wanted to add the Kreg precision measuring system to the fence and it’s extension.
So, I dismantled my original sled. I used the original fence and cut it to fit as the rear fence. Then I made a new fence out of 3/4 poplar and installed the track.
To make the sled a zero clearance and dado acceptable I made adjusters and attached them to the right side of the base. Slots and my home made knobs allow the base to be adjusted accordingly.
I used the base and one of the original alum bars. The sled was cutting great to begin with so I didn’t see any reason the not use it.
Next I made the extension for the left side. The plan called for a 24 inch fence, but I ran out of real estate. There is not enough room for my belly to clear between the extension and the router table. :-( So, I cut it a little shorter. I feel a lot safer now. I can pass back and forth and not tear the whole thing down.
BTW, I used the plans published by Woodsmith magazine. It is called the Precision Cross Cut Sled. Google it and you should find it.
Here are the pics. I have already posted the pics of the knobs so I won’t get into that again…even though they are working great.
Note: I couldn’t find the Kreg ruler at the Rockler store so I bought their brand which is yellow. Actually I think this will work out well because now I know when I am on the right side of the blade because that ruler is white (left over from the miter saw station). Both rulers index off the left side of the blade. That way I will always know to do my set up calculations based on that fact.
Hope you like it and get some inspiration.
-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas