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Shop projects #4: Super sled - project completed

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Blog entry by Skip Brewer posted 04-02-2011 05:44 AM 1818 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, it has taken me a while to finish this project. My shop is in the garage, which sits right underneath my son’s bedroom. Since he goes to bed at about 7:45, I usually get about an hour a day in the shop at most. But I finally got it all done. After mounting the handle, I painted a nice red stripe down the middle, about 2” on either side of the blade – just a little reminder of the danger zone. I made a blade guard to mount on the t-track, to prevent anything from geting kicked into my face by the blade. I am thinking about mounting adjustable sides to the guard as well – I’ll take a look at that tomorrow, I guess. After that I made the miter fences and the stop block and voila! A completed super sled! I can easily push it with one hand. Using the hold downs for small parts means my fingers never have to be anywhere below the top of the fence while cutting. I think I may build another one for my dad!

-- Skip, Califormia



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Viking

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#1 posted 04-02-2011 06:00 AM

Skip;

Very nice sled. Like all the built in safety features you have incorporated.

Thanks for sharing.

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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DIYaholic

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#2 posted 04-02-2011 06:55 AM

I patiently awaited your progress…..
and my patience was rewarded.

Nice job on the “SUPER” super sled. I like your attention to detail, ie: red painted danger zone.

It is far better to be patient…... than to BE a patient!!!

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

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#3 posted 04-02-2011 02:10 PM

Skip, this is a great looking sled. You have tricked it out nicely. I am sure you will wonder why you did not make one of these sooner.

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

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#4 posted 04-02-2011 02:19 PM

well done, thanks for sharing….very nice

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nobuckle

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#5 posted 04-02-2011 04:39 PM

Excellent work Skip. I’m sure your dad would appreciate it.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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bigike

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#6 posted 04-02-2011 06:43 PM

very neat ideas here.

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#7 posted 04-02-2011 10:33 PM

Wow..I think the LEM they landed on the moon with had fewer parts and was less complicated! ;)
Nice sled..does it make you breakfast too??

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#8 posted 04-12-2011 10:28 PM

I’m actually in the process of building my super sled now and I’m going to steal the red paint idea that’s a good one… I had also considered adding the blade guard across the top, I have some plexiglass/lexan sitting around and figured this might be a good use for it… glad to see I’m not alone… One other thing I was thinking of adding was a small box on the back of the fence to keep the blade entirely covered when pushing through a cut…

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