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Forum topic by Dan posted 03-08-2016 11:58 PM 1008 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-08-2016 11:58 PM

Thought it was time to upgrade my redneck router sled. So I hopped in my car and headed to Harbor Freight.

I found a long clamp for 16 dollars that I could get two 27” pieces from. There is a reinforcement strip welded along the bottom edge of the clamp which gave me a nice straight edge for cutting out slots that would allow my router to sit level.

So, using a hack saw, dremel and file I did some machining and this is what I came up with.

Very simple. It sits on a 24” sq 3/4” thick marble slab. A little hot melt glue and it’s good to go.

-- If I knew who it was and what they are doing perhaps I could defend myself...


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#1 posted 03-09-2016 12:19 AM

A few pictures of it in action would be greatly appreciated.

-- Third rail

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#2 posted 03-09-2016 12:41 AM

I’m afraid that the term “Redneck” has been deemed offensive.
The preferred term is now “NASCAR American”. :)

-- Chem, Central California

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#3 posted 03-09-2016 12:49 AM

Thirdrail, Tomorrow I’ll take some pictures to post but I know it will work because it’s similiar to what I use now.

fivecodys, I’ve heard NASCAR is the number one fan sport in the nation. If that’s true there sure is a lot o rednecks in this country. Personally, I’ve never been in to watching cars go round and round and round. Although, if held at gunpoint to choose between NASCAR and soccer I would choose NASCAR.

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#4 posted 03-09-2016 01:56 AM

Love the title. “Octopussy” got nuthin on you.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#5 posted 03-09-2016 03:29 AM

Picklehead, Took some creative liberty there. :)

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#6 posted 03-09-2016 07:38 PM

Okay thirdrail, here are the pictures.

First off, you can see I fashioned a couple wood pieces to fit over the rails and hold them together, then a little hot melt glue and it works great.

First picture is the piece of maple I will flatten. The other side is somewhat smooth but I will plane it also. This is the FIRST time I have used this jig.

Second picture halfway through first pass I can see router is tilting very slightly away from me. I reef upward on it a little and stick a very little shim under the plastic. I could also just adjust it by feel which is what I do mostly.

That’s it sitting on sandpaper after both sides have been planed. Last picture is after sliding it across the sandpaper 12 times on each side, switching ends after each 6 swipes.

Dead flat and parallel.

-- If I knew who it was and what they are doing perhaps I could defend myself...

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#7 posted 03-10-2016 01:48 PM

You’re welcome.

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#8 posted 03-10-2016 02:20 PM

Looks Like a winner.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#9 posted 03-10-2016 02:44 PM

Thanks Jim!

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#10 posted 03-10-2016 06:25 PM

Thanks for posting. The wooden brackets to lock the aluminum crossbars are the element that made me request a photo.

-- Third rail

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#11 posted 03-11-2016 12:42 AM

No prob. Thanks for responding.

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