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Blog series by Skip Brewer updated 04-12-2011 05:47 AM 5 parts 9236 reads 14 comments total

Part 1: Super sled

03-24-2011 06:29 PM by Skip Brewer | 2 comments »

So, after a little kickback scare cross-cutting some 1/2” plywood, I decided to upgrade my cross-cutting sled. The one I have been using sits on only one side of the blade and has just a small fence and no hold downs. This can allow the work to rotate away from the fence and toward the blade (causing the aforementioned scare). After doing some research here and other places on the Net, I found the Super Sled design from the Eagle Lake Woodworking site. I am going to attempt to build...

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Part 2: Super sled progress

03-28-2011 05:24 AM by Skip Brewer | 2 comments »

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 r...

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Part 3: Clamp Storage

03-28-2011 05:39 AM by Skip Brewer | 1 comment »

This really isn’t a project. I mentioned in a post how I store my clamps, and someone requested a picture. Someone gave me a wire rack on wheels a couple of years ago, and I have used it to store parts for the projects I am working on, as well as a few small power tools. My clamps were always in piles or leaning against the wall. One day, I realized I could hang the clamps on the sides and back of the rack. That keeps them organized, and I can move them to my workbench or into a c...

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Part 4: Super sled - project completed

04-02-2011 05:44 AM by Skip Brewer | 8 comments »

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 ge...

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Part 5: Super sled redux

04-12-2011 05:47 AM by Skip Brewer | 1 comment »

So I decided to build a super sled for my dad as well. His birthday is this week, and it just seemed like a good choice for a present. I changed this one just a bit from my first attempt. Instead of laminating the hardboard and plywood, I just used 3/4 in. plywood. I didn’t have anymore 8/4 oak, so I laminated 2 pieces of 4/4 oak for the fence. Everything else was the same. I think he liked it – when my brother in law showed up, he took him right out into the shop to show hi...

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