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Forum topic by niki posted 2596 days ago 1056 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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niki

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2596 days ago

Good day

Today, I was working on the router table fence, the “Fence/Bit” precision distance system and the “Fence stops” precision positioning system.

I took some 3 Tons of pics but I have to “Delete”, “Sharpen”, “Add Text” etc and it will take some time to post.

In between, I needed a sled to cut small (and not so small) pieces so I made one in 15~20 minutes from the “Floor Panels” left-over that I used for the router table.

I called it “All seasons sled” because temp and humidity changes are not effecting the sled runners that usually are expanding and contracting with humidity changes.

The sled is always tight, without any “Side play” and can be “re-adjusted” in seconds.

Because of the construction method, everything is very square to the blade and no need of “Two cut test” or “Five cut test”...it’s dead 90°…as long as the blade is parallel to the miter slot and your triangle is accurate…

And last, it’s sliding, actually half rolling, and is very, very easy to push-pull.

Many variations can be done on this sled and I leave it to your imagination (I have a few ideas).

Sorry but I did not take any pics of the WIP so if you have any questions, I’m here…

Regards
niki

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Karson

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#1 posted 2596 days ago

Great sliding table. Thanks Niki.

-- 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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#2 posted 2596 days ago

Another Nikivention!

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

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WayneC

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#3 posted 2596 days ago

Awesome. Thanks Niki.

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Bob Babcock

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#4 posted 2596 days ago

Do you ever stop thinking Niki?...Great stuff.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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niki

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#5 posted 2595 days ago

Thank you

Sorry for the late reply

What I did not tell you (and nobody asked) is that actually the runner is narrower than the miter slot by 1 mm (3/64”) and that’s the reason that it will never bind, get stuck or get loose because of humidity changes.

niki

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oscorner

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#6 posted 2593 days ago

It’s only a matter of time and you will devise a way to put ball bearings in a grooved runner, then add a spring and it will make the cut itself. LOL. Way to go, niki.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 2592 days ago

Niki -

Awesome sled! I always enjoy your very detailed and well engineered postings. Thanks!

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niki

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#8 posted 2592 days ago

Thank you for the compliments

Oscorner
Maybe one day I’ll make it….how knows…but not with the spring, all my fun is pushing the sled…:)

David
Well, this post is not so detailed…all the “step-by-step” includes 56 pictures…I just selected a few…

Regards
niki

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