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niki

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2349 days ago

Good day

I would like to share with you an idea that was “sitting” in my head for long time and yesterday, I made it.

The title is “2 mm” (5/64”) because I tested it by cutting 2mm strips but, it can be any thickness of strips….even less…

So…the sled is an 3/4” Melamine board 36” long and 8” wide but, you choose yours.

I drilled 3/8” “Vacuum holes” but first I drilled 1/4” as a pilot hole (easier to control the drill) and than went with the 3/8” drill bit to the end of the drill length

I drilled the holes at 4” intervals but I think that the more holes, the better (say, every 2½”~3”) even though, I did not have any problems with the vacuum pressure.

I drilled 3/4” hole dia at the “end of the drill line”

The “Box” can be made of anything…I made it from pieces of chip-board and Melamine (that’s what I found in the attic)

The Shop-vac is my converted home-vac that I used on “Minimum” power.

I strongly recommend to use a “Feather board” to hold the work and sled firmly to the fence before entering the blade…especially on long boards

You can add a push handle…I just use the “box” to push the sled.

Regards
niki

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 2349 days ago

cool idea

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Karson

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#2 posted 2348 days ago

Great idea Niki. And it keeps you from having to move the fence each time.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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mot

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#3 posted 2348 days ago

That would work pretty good if you had to cut a load of edge banding. Nice, Niki.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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gizmodyne

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#4 posted 2348 days ago

Interesting. What’s the verdict in the end? Will you use it.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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niki

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#5 posted 2348 days ago

Thank you so much

Gizmodyne
I don’t have many machines…actually, just a table saw and router table but, each of the jigs that I make, is used again and again almost on every project.

Right now, I’m not working on anything (too cold in the garage) but I’m making some jigs that are on my “wish list” at the time that I was working on a project, kind of, “if I had this jig, it would be easier and safer”...

Regards
niki

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ben

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#6 posted 2348 days ago

Niki,

This is a shining example of genius by simplicity.

Do your jigs take up more space in your shop than your tools? :-)

-b

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Thos. Angle

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#7 posted 2347 days ago

My heavens, Niki, I’m always impressed with your ingenuity. Self reliance indeed. Keep ‘em coming.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Karson

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#8 posted 2347 days ago

What tools he’s got a table saw and a drill. Thats why he needs all the jigs.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Digitalwoodshop

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#9 posted 1888 days ago

Excellent Project !!!! I was looking for ideas to make a Vacuum Sled to hold thin Plastic to run through my CarveWright Carving machine to make small name tags from sheet stock. This is the right concept….

Thanks,

AL

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PurpLev

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#10 posted 1888 days ago

nicely done, great idea!

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bendisplays

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#11 posted 1886 days ago

Niki,

Thats a nice idea. Thank you for sharing it.

Cheers,

Ben

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