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Forum topic by John67 posted 04-04-2010 03:51 AM 5033 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-04-2010 03:51 AM

I see that Rockler has a sale on their rail coping jig. If you have one of these, what do you think of it? Is this a good item or is there a better jig out there?

Appreciate your feedback,

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#1 posted 04-04-2010 04:04 AM

Theirs is prettier to look at than mine but I made my rail coping sled from about 85 cents worth of scrap material and have used to it for lots of frame and panel projects. You definitely want one because the idea works like a champ but you can make your own cheaper and will probably appreciate it more.

-- Greg, Severn MD

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#2 posted 04-04-2010 04:16 AM

I agree with Greg, nice to look at, but easy to make, I have been using this one for years and the beauty is you can cut off the edge when it gets too rough and move the clamp over.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#3 posted 04-04-2010 05:02 AM

Chalk another one up on the big board for making your own.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#4 posted 04-04-2010 03:51 PM

Hi John, Like my friend Sawdust above, I went to Woodcraft because i heard of these copiing sleds. WHile i am making my kitchen cabinets, i wanted something that was first, safe and second, accurate. He said he had one, for $85. But then took me to the shop and showed me a 6/4×6in wide oak attached to a wooden 3/4×3/8 stick and used a hand clamp to hold the stock to the sled. Mine is considerably more expensive than Sawdust’s at about 95 cents worth of scrap. And because its wood also, it stops tearout. Good tools look great in my shop but the bottom line is I save money. Money that i spend on materials, which look even better in my shop!
Good luck

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#5 posted 04-04-2010 03:59 PM

I have to agree with everybody else. Build your own, use the money you save for more materials for your projects. It may not look pretty and fancy but you will appreciate it more cause you built for your self and you know how it works and how to make it again.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#6 posted 04-04-2010 07:28 PM

Thanks Everyone!

You just saved me a bunch of money! I was considering buying this jib, but after reading all the comments and suggestions, I will make my own as well. I’m just glad that I decided to ask fellow woodworkers for their opinion first. Now I can use the money for other tools that’s on my wish list.

Thanks again!!

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#7 posted 04-04-2010 07:31 PM

The photo above is superior. Good as store bought. I can email you a quick photo of mine if you like. I dont have built on clamps, i just use squeeze clamps. This is what happens when you give a redneck too much money….

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#8 posted 04-04-2010 07:53 PM

Hey Todd, that would be great if you would. I’m definitely going to make one instead of buying it.


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