Air Sled

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Project by sillac posted 04-13-2012 03:28 AM 14501 views 29 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been asked about my air sleds, so here are 3 pics of the air sled under my bandsaw.

I just bought a new drill press and will be putting it on an air sled and will take some pics of the construction and post them in a few days.

The one under the band saw works really good. I also have one under the table saw which works but not as well.

Thanks for looking and for any comments, Steve

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#1 posted 04-13-2012 03:58 AM

If this is what it seems to me then this is a brilliant idea.
Please confirm that this is effectively a hovercraft, powered by a compressor, to enable the machines to be moved.
Love to know some more practical details too.
Ron B

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#2 posted 04-13-2012 03:59 AM

I would think that your floor and how smooth it is adds to the efficiency of the sled?

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#3 posted 04-13-2012 04:13 AM


I am looking forward to seeing the building pics. of your next one! LOL

Thank you very much!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#4 posted 04-13-2012 04:56 AM

Ron, powered by the blowing side of the shop vac, I don’t think an air compressor would have enough volume.

Dez, yes the floor does need to be fairling level. This air sled under the bandsaw is fairly small and works great, the one under the table saw is much larger, works but not as well, hits high spots and the low spots allow too much air to get out. And I was thinking my floor was level, it is pretty smooth.

Joe, yes so am I, LOL. Just seems like I am a lot more tired lately, hope to get back to normal in a few months, unless it’s just age, LOL

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#5 posted 04-13-2012 11:37 AM

This is a fantastic idea! I wish I would have been tipped off on this prior to purchasing rolling stands for my bandsaw and planer – I would have went with this idea instead.

I just might do this to the bandsaw anyway it seems much easier than tilting, setting the wheels down, pushing, tilting to get the wheels back up. This looks like all you do is insert your tube, turn on the vac and just push!

Great job!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#6 posted 04-13-2012 12:04 PM

Yeah, I’d like to see some details, too. This seems like a great idea.

-- Carvin' Tom, Pittsburgh, PA, No, I'm *not* retired. I am a "recycled teenager!"

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#7 posted 04-13-2012 12:14 PM

Don’t forget that the hovercraft was made practical by the addition of the air-trapping skirt around the perimeter. Something like this might improve the performance with the table saw.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 04-13-2012 01:13 PM

I am impressed! This is a great version of the commercial model I used for years. Air Sled uses 3/16” aluminum plate with a neoprene skirt to trap air at the edges and they easily move a fully loaded side x side refer. I dont need to relocate my tools very often but may make one of these for the fun of it.
Air Sled a video on their website showing one in action at the bottom of their page, but you wont get many tips on how they are made.
Steve has figured this out on his own and may do a blog if enough people ask very nice. hint,hint

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#9 posted 04-13-2012 01:44 PM

I would really like to know more about how this progresses. Great idea. Thank you.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#10 posted 04-13-2012 03:14 PM

Thanks Steve. How about a photo of what the underside looks like. Multiple holes?

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#11 posted 04-13-2012 04:29 PM

Great adaptation of this type of appliance:
We used these back when I was in college moving appliances.
I would have never thought of using them for the woodshop!

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#12 posted 04-13-2012 04:36 PM

great idea and build

a blog would be nice
when you get around to one

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 04-13-2012 04:38 PM

Andy’s Link to Air Sled apparently is incorrect… remove the word “HAS” from the end of the link… as corrected in this Post. The video is at the end of the lead-in article…

COOL device…

I think I’d rather make one… LOL

Andy, thank you for the Link & info.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#14 posted 04-13-2012 06:07 PM

Love the idea, and the price at that link is insane. The floor being smooth looks to be the most important part.

-- Thank You Veterans!

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#15 posted 04-13-2012 07:55 PM

Nice idea. Like JJohnson mentioned, maybe figure out a way to emulate those Navy amphibian hovercraft that don’t seem to have any problem on wavy ground. An old bicycle innertube????

-- Jim, Maryland

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