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Posted on Table Saw Sleds - 2 miter bars?

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#1 posted 01-19-2011 07:09 PM

WOW! I’m very impressed to receive this much good advice so quickly. Thank you.

Yes, I want a large sled and these responses have reminded me that I want to keep the weight under control. Perhaps the key weight question is how thin can I make the bottom of the sled. Roger uses 1/4”. That seems too thin but I may try it. If I’m going that thin, I wonder if hardboard or some other product would be better than plywood.

I like the idea of the good Incra miter bars but I think the need for good fitting miter bars diminishes some when you use 2 miter bars. My theory – If the left bar hugs the right side of the channel and the right bar hugs the left side of the channel, I don’t need to worry about how well each bar fits in the channel.

I like the idea of UHMC if I can figure out where to get it.

As an FYI – In the past, I have slapped together a few quick and crude sleds for particular projects. I used wood runners and whatever plywood I had laying around. I considered them throwaway sleds. I finally want to take the time to make a good sled that I will use over and over.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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