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Project by OldKam posted 12-24-2021 09:30 PM 896 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sled for my Unisaw. Had been using one built by my father 30+ years ago. Time to retire the old and build a new.

18” clear between the fences – 48” width. It’s a little heavy, but does what I want right now. Remove weight through slots later. Built from Baltic birch – 1/2” on the flats, 3/4” on the vertical. Laminated two pieces of 3/4”for the front and back fences. Added the Kreg for the upper t-track, Powertec on the others. 24” aluminum guides. Removeable zero-clearance inserts and replaceable upper sled pieces. Was able to calibrate to better than 0.0005” using William Ng’s Five Cut Method.

Made design from many I saw on the web.

-- Paul K, Valley of the Sun - Arizona - Always have blood remover on hand!





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pottz

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#1 posted 12-24-2021 09:49 PM

thats a great looking sled,and big !

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 12-24-2021 10:40 PM

Looks like a million!

I’d love to have something like that, plenty of times I could have used a precise 90 on large panels, but alas, where to store it!

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LittleBlackDuck

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#3 posted 12-24-2021 10:42 PM

Like the concept of your ZCI “skins” (and reservedly, the “capacity”)... permits any angled mitre cuts which are an inevitable PITA. Found that a set of fence’s ZCI was a must for mitre cut alignment.

Agree with pottzy that it’s a biggie… I went down a similar path which eventuated in my surrendering to a track saw setup… while my sled operated well on the table, it was a bugger getting it out and having to put it away.
I even went to the extreme of trying “rollers” on the far fence on one of my attempts, to assist my aching bones to move it around,

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

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#4 posted 12-25-2021 01:31 PM

I’m glad to see I’m not the only one prone to making rather large sleds. Nice job. It looks like it will serve you for years to come.

BTW, I’m also a Unisaw owner.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#5 posted 12-25-2021 04:46 PM

I also have appreciated my large sled – I keep telling myself that I should make a smaller one. So far it’s easier to use the large one than make another:)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 12-26-2021 12:35 AM

Figure I’ll make a small parts sled that doubles as my finger joint jig. All I know is I alway want a wider sled as soon as I start a project. If it lasts as long as the one my dad built, my son will have a good sled well into his 50s.

-- Paul K, Valley of the Sun - Arizona - Always have blood remover on hand!

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#7 posted 12-26-2021 05:22 AM

That’s a big one. Nicely done.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#8 posted 12-27-2021 03:44 AM

whouha. 0.0005”, that’s better or as good as a CNC machining center. Impressive.

-- Let's do the best we can !

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OldKam

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#9 posted 12-27-2021 05:20 PM



whouha. 0.0005”, that s better or as good as a CNC machining center. Impressive.

- Mambrax

Too bad that the sled changes daily with moisture. Still good enough!

-- Paul K, Valley of the Sun - Arizona - Always have blood remover on hand!

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