1st posted project: tapering/straight-ripping sled

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This is a simplified version of a sled posted in either Woodsmith or ShopNotes. I did not add the miter slot runner and may never do so. I currently only use it against the saw fence. I never really understood the appeal of crosscut sleds until I used something like this. It’s so massive there’s no vibration and the cut is extremely smooth.

All of the hardware is shop-made except for the metal nuts epoxied into the knobs and the flanged bolts.

Hold-downs are hickory and maple scrap. Hardboard is scrap from—believe it or not—the walls that I tore out to build my workshop. Plywood and rail from local dumpster.

If you want to build a similar model, these are my suggestions:

  • Use contact cement, not wood glue, to secure the hardwood surface to the plywood base. This way it will not ooze into the hold-down slots. I knew this might be a problem and compensated by spreading glue appropriately, but this let to some loose areas of the hardwood surface.
  • I coated the top wheel knobs in “plastic dip”. This is pain and I realized later I like the feel of sanded maple far better than these knobs coated in rubber. I am sure they are slip-proof, but it’s not worth it.

If you are in a thousand-mile radius of Kansas, I apologize for the hardboard dust. I had forgotten how obnoxious that stuff is.

The hold-downs were a lot of fun to build and halfway though building the first one I realized how much a of doofus I was using the drill press and made the top holes in the second one on my mortiser. MUCH better.

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#1 posted 01-19-2009 03:15 AM

I’m not following exactly how it works…but I do like the holddowns…simple and elegant.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#2 posted 01-19-2009 04:17 AM

Nice looking jig. Great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 01-19-2009 04:22 AM

Great Looking Jig!

Made a similar one and have all sorts of uses for it.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 01-19-2009 07:02 PM

BarryW: It holds irregular shapes to cut one straight edge. Traditionally they have a runner that fits the miter slot. I just use the saw fence.

They can also be used to make tapered cuts.

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#5 posted 01-20-2009 03:23 AM

I made one of these last week and it has come in very handy. I don’t have a jointer and with this I can delay that purchase for a while if ever. I used contact cement on mine and shot some small headless brads to help keep things from shifting. I didn’t include a miter runner but am going to add one. I have to run this with the splitter removed. I was running a taper leg and didn’t notice my sled moving slightly off the fence. Ended up putting a burn mark on the leg. It did work great on getting some wenge and paduak milled up for a table project.

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 01-20-2009 05:11 AM

I use mine all the time. KISS

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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