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My New Router Sled

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Project by Matt (MWA Woodworks) posted 06-08-2019 01:29 PM 1685 views 11 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

View the build video here: bit.ly/youtuberoutersled

View the full walkthrough and DOWNLOADABLE PLANS on my website: How to Make a Router Sled

I needed a way to flatten work pieces that were too big to fit in my planer or drum sander so with half a sheet of plywood I came up with a way to accomplish it with my plunge router and a surfacing bit. Using my table saw’s surface as a flat reference point for both the work piece and the sled I can completely flatten one side and then make the other side co-planar to it just as a planer would do.

I needed to use a router collet extension to get the reach I needed below the sled and I used a couple different bits to surface with. I’ll leave those affiliate links below if you’re interested in them.

Collet Extension
Freud Mortising bit
Amana Surfacing bit

This turned out to be a great solution and worked like a charm. Now to figure out dust collection…LOL

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tyvekboy

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#1 posted 06-08-2019 02:24 PM

Great jig build. Nice video. great instructions

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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Matt (MWA Woodworks)

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#2 posted 06-08-2019 02:35 PM

Thank you brother! Glad you enjoyed it.

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#3 posted 06-08-2019 04:17 PM

I love all of my jigs and fixtures. But where to put them???

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Tim Dahn

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#4 posted 06-08-2019 11:04 PM

Nice router sled! I have a friend getting ready to make one and this will definitely come in handy.

PLEASE throw away this push stick!

Look how close your hand is to the blade

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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therealSteveN

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#5 posted 06-09-2019 02:50 AM



I love all of my jigs and fixtures. But where to put them???

- dannmarks

If you add to that templates you’ve made through the years so you don’t need to figure pieces out again you might need to build a second barn. I know 2 guys who have had to do this. LOML tells me I have to start going to meetings if I get close to that.

Hi I’m Geo. I have a jig, and template problem…......

-- Think safe, be safe

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therealSteveN

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#6 posted 06-09-2019 02:51 AM



Nice router sled! I have a friend getting ready to make one and this will definitely come in handy.

PLEASE throw away this push stick!

Look how close your hand is to the blade

- Tim Dahn

Made my safety self cringe watching that.

-- Think safe, be safe

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mel52

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#7 posted 06-09-2019 05:49 AM

Been going to make one, may have to copy your idea. Thanks for showing and a great job on it, and congrats on your daily top 3 !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#8 posted 06-09-2019 06:19 AM

I agree with all the above. My breath caught in my throat when I looked at that picture of your hand versus blade. Trust me, the blade will win. I use the same push stick that came with the table saw on the router table. Otherwise i like your work to reduce work. Anytime you can make a jig do the work for you and do it accurately, go for it. Pardon the soap-box but I got a chill looking at that picture.

-- DonB

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redtail

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#9 posted 06-09-2019 12:32 PM

Love the use of the table saw as a working reference service.

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#10 posted 06-09-2019 07:09 PM

Matt, nice job. I’m adding this to my shop. Question, for the first cut, I assume it doesn’t matter that the surface that is face down is not flat, correct?

-- Joe Massanova, Somerdale, NJ - www.novawoodworking.com

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