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Forum topic by Beemer88 posted 07-23-2018 12:44 PM 358 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Beemer88

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07-23-2018 12:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: slabs sled walnut

Hi everyone, I’m new to lumberjocks in fact this is my first post.
So I’ve been doing some research on building sleds to flatten large slabs.
I’ve made a few smaller ones in the past but they weren’t the best quality although they did do the job.
Over the past couple years I’ve noticed more and more people are wanting slabs.
And just recently I bought two of the biggest black walnut slabs that have ever entered the shop.
They are roughly 10 ft long and 24 in wide at two and a quarter inch thick.
My main question is finding plans or coming up with a design for a quality sled that will be the first and last large sled I build.
I’d like to come up with a design that enables me to use the same sled that is already pre-built, too many Woodworkers I see online… Well I guess (YouTube mainly) build cheap inexpensive sleds that aren’t designed to last that they eventually tear apart once the slab has been flattened.
Some helpful tricks of the trade and possible plans would be much appreciated thanks in advance!


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#1 posted 07-23-2018 01:38 PM

Like I always say, “Google it first.

A quick Google search result a fellow LJ’er has a blog post about one here.

Rather than the square tubing, I would do something like 3×3 angle and use rollers for the sled similar to a sawmill track.

You could install a series of height adjustment bolts to level up the top of the slab.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#2 posted 07-23-2018 03:22 PM

I saw this on Youtube. It is entertaining even if you don’t use the method.

-- I remember when Grateful wasn't Dead

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