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Forum topic by NBeener posted 11-09-2010 11:51 PM 2973 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-09-2010 11:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: coping coping sled sled router table cope and stick stile and rail mortise and tenon cross-grain tip video

I just finished some router table work.

Although I DID buy a cool MLCS coping sled, at a garage sale, months ago, I didn’t use it, and I haven’t used it.

What I did, today, though, BEGGED for me to use the darned thing.

But I was rather lazy, and in a bit of a hurry, and simply didn’t feel like raising the bit to accommodate the extra height OF the sled.

[trust me: not a good reason, and I know it]

I was sure I KNEW how to use it, but … as is my nature … simply looked for videos OF how to use it.

And bing-bang-boom: There, in ALL his might and glory … was Charles Neil … doing what he does best: helping ME be a better woodworker.

So … figured I’d share, for anybody who has five minutes of classroom time :-)

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 11-10-2010 12:20 AM

Thanks Neil
Charles always seems to know how to do woodworking the easy way and he’s able to make it clear to others how to do the job well and with simple and efficient methods ,Charles has 80 more subjects he covers on You Tube plus having fantastic DVD sets he sells and or his on line subscription projects called mastering woodworking.
Hey gang if you haven’t checked out Charles, check him out. When it comes to woodworking and finishing he’s the man.

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#2 posted 11-10-2010 01:46 AM

He does that very well!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 11-12-2010 11:07 PM

Thanks from me too. Now I know what it is.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 11-13-2010 12:58 AM



You don’t HAVE a coping sled ??

I should think that a thing like this … would really speak to you (saying something like “I dare you to build me, AND improve upon me !”)

In fact, for inspiration, start with the Infinity model, and work upward from there:

I THINK you can get this one with a 5hp Briggs & Stratton motor on it, too !

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 11-13-2010 01:24 AM

You know, that is definitely buildable, but I think that is something I would buy. But then again, the seed has now been planted… long as someone doesn’t water it, it won’t grow…............(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#6 posted 11-13-2010 01:31 AM

Great Post Neil.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 11-13-2010 02:45 AM

I just made one more modification to my old guard for the Delta Contractor Saw. Now I can put the guard on or off in 20 seconds. I put a slot in the back part of the splitter so the back bolt stays in place, on or off, and you can slide it on and then tighten what used to be a nut, now it is a plastic and brass 5/16 jig knob. The front one always was a slider. but it had a bolt fitting into a purposefully sloppy nut mechanism. I put a 5/16 inch T bolt through the wrong way and tightened it, and now have a plastic and brass 5/16 jig knob there. It used to take me just under a minute, and I had a bolt and nut to replace when I put it back on, and it took a wrench to tighten the front bolt. Now I have it down to 20 seconds, and there are no loose parts. Just making sure the job of being safe is very easy.

Of course I plan to replace the whole guard system, just aint’ there yet.


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 11-13-2010 02:46 AM

Oh, and if I get miter arms done tomorrow, I will post the sled and guard mods this weekend, that is my goal. Gotta have a goal…............(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 11-13-2010 04:17 AM

Doctor Jim, I’m a visual learner, you got a picture? Sounds like something I need to do.

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#10 posted 11-13-2010 04:30 AM

Hopefully, I will post both the completed super sled, and the guard modifications, probably Sunday. If things don’t work out with the sled, I will post the guard modifications alone, they are really simple and work well. So I am listening buddy, we’ll get you the pictures.

Thanks for the safety post, got me into doing the additional mod, when I had the inspiration, this afternoon. Now I am throttling back, Sherie is home cooking, first time I haven’t cooked in over two weeks. The mods just involve some knobs and bolts, and about 10 minutes of hack saw work on the splitter. I am pretty pleased. This was easy. I just happened to have everything in the shop when the idea came to me.

Have a good one….........we’ll be working on it tomorrow…......


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 11-13-2010 01:44 PM

I like that Neil, thanks for posting it. Just starting to use my router table, and now I find I have to buy something else.

Friends like you who needs…...........? ;)

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