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  1. #1
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    Apr 2007
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    Bevel Sled

    I had mentioned in an earlier post that I wasn't satisfied with the bevel cuts I was getting on the CMS. This was on small, difficult to support hardwood pieces. Blade deflection that wasn't a problem on larger pieces became evident on the smaller work. Let's add a large dash of my inexperience here to be fair to the CMS.

    I've developed a method of sled building that I'm comfortable with and can knock out pretty quickly. I put together a small sled with hold downs to deal with the small pieces.

    Parts -

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    Hold downs borrowed from the DP table -

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    Forstner holes at the ends of the t-track allow easy t-bolt insertion and removal -

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    You can see a couple larger sleds in the background of the second shot and as usual, my prowess as a photographer is evident .
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 06-24-2007 at 04:37 PM.
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    Don Taylor is offline Former Member (by the member's request)
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    Great idea and great work Glenn.

    You just keep getting better and better.


  3. #3
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Nice job, Glenn. I like the holes at the ends of the t-track...I'll have to remember that trick. I know we discussed sled vs. miter gauge a few days ago, but I see another advantage to the sled in that you effectively get a ZCI in the process.
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  4. #4
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    Oct 2006
    Placitas, NM in the foothills of the Sandia Mt
    Way cool. Great idea for the hold downs.
    Don't believe everything you think!

  5. #5
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    Mar 2007
    WNY, Buffalo Area

    Looks good! I have never put T track in the middle of a piece of wood. Putting the holes at the end of the track never occured to me. I might need to "borrow" that idea for something down the road.

    With the exception of your t track & hold downs, couldn't you have used a regular cross cut sled and just used a different ZCI? - one cut for the bevel?
    We create with our hands in wood what our mind sees in thought.
    Disclosure: Formerly was a part-time sales person & instructor at WoodCraft in Buffalo, NY.

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