Shop Stuff #1: Cross-Cut Sled

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Blog entry by Fr. Thomas Bailey, OSB posted 11-27-2013 02:44 AM 1131 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Definitely nothing fancy, but I needed a new cross-cut sled today. And so I built a new sled with scraps I had around the shop.

I cut the glides from a piece of yellow pine and then glued and screwed a piece of 3/4” plywood to them. The back brace is mahogany, which I fastened with screws. I had a piece that was water stained and marred by the planer. The front brace is from a mystery wood, it smelled familiar when I cut it, but I was unable to place it. Again it was attached with screws. I used the five cut method to test the alignment, and it was perfect on the first shot. Finally, I add some blocks of 3/4” plywood were the blade exists the sled, which were attached with glues and screws.
The last thing I did was add a little finishing wax to the glides.

I couldn’t help but think, however: What style can I build this in? Luckily, expediency won out over all other considerations.

-- Fr. Thomas,

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#1 posted 11-27-2013 01:53 PM

hows that pine hold up for glides?

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#2 posted 11-28-2013 05:27 AM

Only had it for a couple of days, so I haven’t had the chance to put it through the paces. I’ve heard people knocking using soft wood, but I have also heard others say good things. It didn’t take long to build, so I figure that even if the runner warp after a while I can build another one fairly easily.

-- Fr. Thomas,

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