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RogerBean

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#1 posted 01-19-2011 05:30 PM

Rich,
I have a sled with two slot bars made of Baltic birch ply and cherry runners. Does not bind and stays true, but unfortunately, when I built it I made it far too heavy. Would work fine for cutting 8×8’s or the like but it is just too big and heavy and cumbersome, so I seldom ever use it. The two tracks works fine though. Making it like a tank turned out to be a mistake.

I also had a very light sled that a cabinetmaker working at my house many years ago threw together in about ten minutes for some little job, that has no front piece, is light being only a 1/4” ply bottom with a 1” rear support and one cherry runner shot on with a brad gun. Amazingly, it worked well, stayed true for about 25 years, and was the one I reached for.

I haven’t used any sled recently at all since I installed an Incra LS fence and Incra 1000HD miter gauge. For what I do, these are my current tools of preference.

I did, however, recently make a small sled along the lines of the one Steve Latta shows in his DVD for cutting inlay banding. Small, light and looks good, though I haven’t really used it for banding yet. But I expect it will work well.

Hope this helps a little. But then, it makes a difference what the sled is to be used for.

Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)


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