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Project by Metrotek posted 03-13-2012 04:46 AM 2894 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are photos of my latest completed project, a new sled for my new toy table saw. It came out pretty good. I didn’t have a large enough piece of MDF so I had to use to with the butt at the saw line but it worked okay. The fences are ¾” cabinet grade plywood sanded both sides; the front one is two pieces face glued together.
The most difficult part for me is the runners because I don’t have a planer, a jointer, or even a block plane that is sharp; I have to turn my router into a jointer and that was difficult due to the little size of the pieces. I finally turned the router into a little molder by make little pressure bars. For those of you who have never ran a molder, those are bars of wood attached to metal components that apply pressure to the wood travelling through the molder to keep it in position for the knives to cut it accurately. It sort of worked; there is slightly a little play but not too much to prevent it from cutting squarely.
The other photo is of some of the hardwood that the cabinet maker gave me. I have so much material that I have to keep some of it up here in my bedroom and he is giving me more as he moves the wall in his shop over. Some of it is really exotic species similar to the stuff the hardwood company mill ran that my father superintended; stuff that is similar to teak but isn’t teak. My father had chains and chains of little playing card size pieces on them that had the common name and the academic names of the species and other info about them hanging on the wall of his office, literally hundreds of these little pieces. There are, or at least were then, dozens of different teaks alone and mahoganies too.

-- “Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.” — Mitch Ratcliffe

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#1 posted 03-13-2012 04:52 AM

Looks like a great job.

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#2 posted 03-13-2012 07:00 AM

Thank you for your compliment. It does cut square.

-- “Computers have enabled people to make more mistakes faster than almost any invention in history, with the possible exception of tequila and hand guns.” — Mitch Ratcliffe

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#3 posted 03-13-2012 06:49 PM

looking good Metro
but are you sure there is a tablesaw in there ….. LOL

what is that grey metal bar doing on the sledge


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#4 posted 03-13-2012 08:12 PM

Great sled … looks like you have too much stock from your friend, you could store some in my shop any time.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#5 posted 03-14-2012 05:20 AM

That should handle just about anything I could imagine, great sled

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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