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Project by woodsmithshop posted 12-20-2013 02:05 AM 4179 views 18 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a sled for cutting small parts, ruizd came up with a great sled for small parts, but it did not quite fit what I wanted, so I modified it by adding another knob to one side of the sliding fence on the right side and adding a clamp hold down position at the rear of the sliding fences, the clamp idea came from Izzy Swan, and I modified it a little bit by making it so I had two hold downs on the same clamp, and making it longer, giving it more reach. I hot glued erasers onto the bolts so they would not mar the wood.
I had to experiment with the placement of the hold down bolts and one of them is adjustable, backward and forward, while the position of the whole clamp is adjustable also. there may be more modifications on it as I start using it, but at least I have a place to start now.
I would like to thank ruizd and Izzy Swan for their ideas, and I hope they don’t mind my borrowing them.

-- Smitty!!!

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#1 posted 12-20-2013 02:11 AM

Like It! Great inginuity. Quite safe.

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#2 posted 12-20-2013 02:36 AM

Looks like a good sled.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 12-20-2013 03:47 AM

Now this is really cool and def VERY useful. Great job and thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 12-20-2013 05:40 AM

Hold on, this looks like a good idea after idea after idea.

That’s just how things develop, even in the commercial world believe it or not. Two or three heads are better than one.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#5 posted 12-20-2013 09:35 AM

Nice work, should serve you well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 12-20-2013 12:52 PM

Slick idea. Right in the favorite box.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 12-20-2013 04:57 PM

Cool design.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#8 posted 12-20-2013 05:09 PM

Good work Smitty.
Around here we don’t say” borrowed idea ” we say inspired by so an so .LOL


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#9 posted 12-20-2013 05:40 PM

I have never seen anyone make a de-sta-co clamp out of wood before, that is amazing.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#10 posted 12-20-2013 05:45 PM

I guess I “borryed ” an inspiration Jim. lol
thanks guys for all the great comments.
one thing I’ve already changed is, I lengthened the fence on the right side so that I have more adjust-ability on that side.
now I need a way to make it all more repeatable.
btw, I am using a 1/16” kerf blade on this. works great and less waste.

-- Smitty!!!

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#11 posted 12-20-2013 05:49 PM


here is ruizd’s sled
and here is Izzy Swan’s clamp

-- Smitty!!!

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#12 posted 12-20-2013 07:19 PM

Great sled build and thanks for the links.

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#13 posted 12-20-2013 08:26 PM

Thats awesome! Great modifications.

-- Izzy Swan - A Creative Thinkers approach to Woodworking

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#14 posted 12-20-2013 09:03 PM

thank you Izzy, so far it is working out great, I was totally amazed that it hit the top three today.
but I can’t take all the credit for this , all I did was make a few modifications to suit my needs, all though there are all kinds of possibilities for others to modify it to fit their needs with both the sled and clamps.

-- Smitty!!!

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#15 posted 12-20-2013 11:05 PM

I like it! That is one beefy hold down clamp!

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

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