|Forum topic by lumberjoe||posted 06-21-2012 03:19 PM||1539 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
06-21-2012 03:19 PM
I am taking the plunge into shop made jigs. I have hacked together some one-time use stuff for cutting mortises and what not, but nothing I could use repeatedly. The sled I am making is 36” long and 24” deep. I am using 1/2” BB for the base, and random other wood for the rest. I have a few questions regarding final construction:
1 – the rear fence is going to be as long as my table and extend past the platform. I have laminated two pieces of 3/4” BB plywood for a total thickness of just under 1 1/2”. Is that thick enough, or should I add another to get a little over 2”?
2 – should I finish the base at all? I will sand the bottom smooth and I keep my TS waxed up good (Johnson’s 2 to 3 times a week). I will put a coat of wax on the runners. I don’t want to run into a situation where I get finish transferring to my work pieces either form the sled or the saw that I cannot sand off.
3 – making the initial cut. I’ve seen people put the sled on the saw then raise the blade into it. I have visions of the piece climbing the blade and getting thrown back at me while I am working the knob. Does it make sense to attach the rear fence first then send it through the blade?