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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-01-2020 09:58 PM 851 views 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a sled similar to the one I made in Arizona this year. It will make straight cuts but also miter cuts. I have it set at 45 degree right now for the job I need it for. It is 20” deep and 22” wide ..made from scraps. The bottom is 1/2” maple plywood, the back and front bridges are 1” Baltic birch, the slides on the bottom are walnut with slippery plastic screwed to them. The inside flat rail with the T slot is Chestnut and the massive flippable end stop is oak and red gum . The only finish on it is the bowling alley wax on the bottom.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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Woodmaster1

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#1 posted 04-01-2020 10:19 PM

Nice work having a sled is a nice addition to the tablesaw.

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lew

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#2 posted 04-01-2020 10:21 PM

I like that! The plastic/wood combination runners look like they really allow it to move freely.

I am thinking about adding the 45 degree cutting capability to mine.

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

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#3 posted 04-01-2020 10:32 PM

What more can I say JJ other than, nice, “simple” and solid.

Well I suppose I could say this…
The only suggestion I could possibly make is to consider a skin. If you screw a sheet of 3mm (1/8) MDF on top… you can make any ° mitre cut… the ° can be recorded on the skins (don’t forget the matching “other” half) and replaced with a new top for a different °… the old stowed for later projects.
Alternatively, rout out a couple of inches either side of the kerf line for skin inserts.

You would eventually hog out the base between 90° and 45° however the top skin would provide support.

But I wont… so please un-read.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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therealSteveN

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#4 posted 04-01-2020 10:33 PM

Looks just like a sled with a 10# flip stop. Nice job Jim.

I am on the fence about a dual use straight/45* sled, or just staying with one of each.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Bob Collins

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#5 posted 04-02-2020 01:00 AM

Nice work Jim, your still keeping busy. We are in insolation down here and I am finding hard to get motivated. Cheers.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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doubleDD

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#6 posted 04-02-2020 01:55 AM

Nice set up Jim. It looks like I see a piece of box elder too. That maple plywood you get is really convenient for a lot of projects.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 04-02-2020 03:59 AM

Very workable mate, good that it can be adjusted.

Thanks for sharing.

Bob

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#8 posted 04-02-2020 05:24 AM

Back to basis….excellent features on this sled…..someone how hasn’t got it yet, great opportunita to improve it’s cuttings

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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John

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#9 posted 04-02-2020 05:48 AM

If I get around to making a sled I’ll look back at this one, thanks Jim!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#10 posted 04-02-2020 12:29 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments. I needed one like this here in my shop too.

Hi Little Black Duck I know what you are saying about the center section between the straight and angle cuts. The piece is very loose in the sled in Arizona – I had cut a 45 and a 54 degree on that one and it is whittled away. I may have to go to an insert, but the bottom is only 1/2”. I don’t think it would be too bad even if it were gone!.

Hi Dave, that box elder is my next project- it is being finished today.

Hi Ivan, the cuts are easy to make on the sled and it is a lot safer for small pieces. I’m looking into putting a pair of adjustable bars on the left side for cutting small segments, but I will have to put some radiused grooves in the bottom and I should have done that before I assembled the whole thing.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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woodshaver Tony C

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#11 posted 04-02-2020 12:31 PM

Slick Sled! Your ideas keep me wanting more! Very nice Jim!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#12 posted 04-02-2020 01:13 PM



... I had cut a 45 and a 54 degree on that one and it is whittled away. I may have to go to an insert…

- Jim Jakosh


I do recommend as if your °’s are close the kerf slot expands and you compromise your ZCI… also happens if you swiitch between standard and thin kerf blades even in a simple 90° sled.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#13 posted 04-02-2020 03:55 PM

Well done sled but it won’t slide on the snow.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 04-02-2020 07:58 PM

Thanks, Tony and Brain.

Hi Liteleblackduck. I’ll think about it. if i do it it will be later down the road.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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James E McIntyre

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#15 posted 04-02-2020 10:38 PM

I made a smaller version of yours. The 45 degree is a nice feature.
My sled is very susceptible to humidity change and sometimes is harder to push while other times it’s lose.
I was thinking of replacing the maple runners with phenolic plastic like yours.

In the end I bought an Incra with all the bells and whistles.
I still use my old wooden one because it’s better at somethings than the Incra.

Any like issues in dry Arazona?
Congratulations on your top 3. If I want to find your projects I check the daily top 3.

-- James E McIntyre

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