Corian for a cross cut sled??

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04-02-2014 06:33 PM

I have access to some cheep cutoffs and scraps.

Any thoughts on whether this would make a suitable base for a medium sized sled?

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#1 posted 04-02-2014 06:57 PM

If it is real flat you might be better off having it for a sharpening station of some sort.

Keep it and get some ply for the sled.

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#2 posted 04-02-2014 07:14 PM

I’m as well set up for sharpening as I need to be (WorkSharp and a granite tool plate).

I have yet to acquire the Corian, but where I work they use a lot of it and have a stash of old stock from jobs gone by. So I can get some cheep.

I’m not sure if there’s any draw backs to using it for a sled, however, as I’ve done very little with it myself.

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#3 posted 04-02-2014 07:19 PM

how much would it weigh ?I like scott’s idea better,how about if you glue a strip of it as an auxiliary saw fence?
or maybe router ,table saw inserts?

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#4 posted 04-02-2014 08:11 PM

I use scrap corian for my sled runners, and some heavier pieces for fences on the drill press and sanding station, it works real well. I’ve never actually built a full jig/sled/tool from it because I usually wind up with backsplash pieces removed when changing countertops.

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#5 posted 04-02-2014 08:13 PM

It would work, but would definitely be heavy, and wouldn’t add anything to the accuracy or usability of the sled.

Places it works great: table saw zero clearance inserts, router table fence faces, glue up surface.

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#6 posted 04-02-2014 08:33 PM

Oooooo….. ZCIs…. I hadn’t thought of that.

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#7 posted 04-02-2014 09:44 PM

I’m going to use Corian for my router table top. Having handled some Corian for the first time, it is heavy, so I wouldn’t do a sled. I like the idea of ZCI and fence faces. I also know that people use it for turning pens. I have also seen it for registration jigs, for tool setups and such.

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#8 posted 04-02-2014 09:51 PM

I too was thinking it would be heavy, but I’ve never used it so I wouldn’t know how it would be for building the sled. What would you need to use for adhesive if you want to glue the fence or the runner on the sled? As far as benefits, I bet it would be very smooth sliding on the saw top.

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#9 posted 04-03-2014 01:19 AM

Well, it’s heavy.

You could build a nice tenoning jig with it though.

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#10 posted 04-03-2014 02:19 AM

I don’t use Corian as it has too much mineral content that you can feel that in the chips/dust. Just be careful with the dust as it can/is very hazardous.

I use Paperstone counter top material as it has no mineral content, jut paper and binder material. Somewhat less expensive too!

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#11 posted 04-03-2014 02:29 AM

I love using corian in our shop. To use it as a large table sled might make the sled too heavy for lifting on and off. However I have built a good sized (larger than commercial retail sleds) coping sled for my door parts. The sled is heavy enough to be a good sled for the task, but not too heavy.

Then for our smaller woodmaster 12” planer I used corian for the bed and corian for the runners so that we can run different size moldings through the planer. The corian works like a champ with our planer.

I have more corian laying around the shop and plan to make a ZCI for our table saws as well.

While I would not want to lift a bulky corian sled, I do think it works great in other capacities around the shop.

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#12 posted 04-03-2014 02:29 AM

Oh yeah, it helps that the corian we have was free, always a great way to go.

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#13 posted 04-03-2014 12:59 PM

I use Corian scraps as guide blocks for my band saw. Similar to Cool Blocks that you can buy.
Can’t beat the price, “free”. I have a life time supply.

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#14 posted 04-03-2014 01:24 PM

And to think…. I just bought a set of Cool Blocks… :^(

Looks like I’ll use up what’s left of my Baltic Birch for the sled. It was improperly stored and has a very slight bow in it….. but I’m hoping the fence pieces will pull it flat again.

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#15 posted 04-03-2014 03:28 PM

DIY, I was thinking of using corian for my router table, but I am still trying to figure out how to reinforce the
table under the miter fence slots to maintain rigidity. I agree that it would be heavy for sled, but I have used
it as a top for the base of my rebuilt Delta 8” table saw. Aside from the dang dust when you cut or work it, it
is a great material.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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