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#1 posted 10-21-2012 09:18 PM

I am about to build a sled of my own and kind of ran into the same issue with my slots. In my research, the common threads that I have seen would suggest that you make the runners 11/16 wide by 1/4 tall. That will fit into the main part of the runner slot, won’t bottom out in the slots and the sled bottom will sit on the table. Just don’t worry about the “T” at the bottom. Also, runners should be the hardest wood you can get your hands on, high density plastic or metal (I vote wood). If you go with wood, look for the tightest, straightest grain you can find and cut it so the grain is running vertical. That way any expansion will not affect the fit of the runners (will expand into the space below).
If you search for SuperSled either here or on google you can find a good example. Also, there is a interesting version here. It has some features that you may want to consider. With hardboard, I would be more concerned about moisture expansion than with “real wood”. I found a decent scrap of walnut at my local hardwood dealer for $1.50 and will be using that. Hardwood would be great for a saw deck though as it slides well. You might also check with your hardwood dealer for plywood cutoffs. I got a 2’ x 4’ piece of cherry plywood for $7.00 that will become my sled. Best of luck and pics when it’s done!

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