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Shop projects #2: Super sled progress

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Blog entry by Skip Brewer posted 03-28-2011 05:24 AM 927 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I finally got back into the shop today. Yesterday was spent visiting Alcatraz, Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf with my 8-year old, my wife and a bunch of kids and parents from my son’s scouting group. It was fun, but too much walking! I was glad to get back into the shop and just relax.

So I got back to my super sled project. Just to give you an idea of why I needed this, here is my current crosscut sled:

I had already laminated the plywood and hardboard and had routed out the grooves and dados for the attachments on the sled base earlier in the week. So today I focused on the miter guides and fence. I happened to have two 24” Incra miter guides that I bought a few years ago and forgot about. I like these slides because the are easy to adjust to remove any play in the slot. There are three allen screws attached to small mitered nuts. When the screw is tightened, the nut expands the side of the bar, creating a snug fit.

The video on the Eagle Lake Woodworking site is really easy to follow and has a lot of good tips. Using a shallow dado to line up the first runner and then using carpet tap to hold the second runner in place made the process go quickly and flawlessly.

After the runners were attached and adjusted, it was time for the fence. I am using a 1-1/2×3 x 48” piece of red oak left over from a previous project. Once again, the videos made the process simple. Using the drafting squares against the rulers in the saw kerf made it easy to get the fence square to the blade.

I used clamps and carpet tape to hold the fence in place while I drilled and screwed it into place. After that, it was a simple matter of mounting the t-track. At this point, I think I already have a pretty good sled but there is still more to do. I need to add the handle, a blade guard, the front brace and then start on the accessories. Here it is so far:

-- Skip, Califormia



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#1 posted 03-28-2011 05:50 AM

Nice progress!

Patiently awaiting the next installment.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 03-28-2011 12:11 PM

Skip, this is looking pretty good. The extended fence is an excellent idea. There have been times when I wished I had the room for a fence like this.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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