A bandsaw sled is great for cutting very small pieces. Some pieces are difficult to
hold or not safe to cut. This sled is very easy to setup and use. It can cut 45 and 90
degree angles. It also has a stop block so it can make repeatable cuts. The sled is small
so it won't take up to much room in the shop.
Base....Since this will be a small sled for cutting smaller pieces, I did not want to
make a large bulky base so I just used some 1/2" Baltic birch plywood.
The runner should be a hardwood so I was lucky and found a piece of oak that fit nice and tight in the slot. I just took it over to the table saw and shaved off a very small amount. I retested it and it fit fine.
I used my table saw clamp to make a precision cuts for the sides and the depth of the runner.
The next part is to make the fence and stop block. Here I am cutting a groove in the fence and that will be for the stop block.
An outline of the fence is marked on the stop block, this will be
cut on the bandsaw. I carefully cut it exactly but still used a file
and some light sanding and then got a very nice fit.
A small hole is drilled to fit a nob. I found a nob in my junk drawer
with a threaded screw and just turned it in the wood. I did not put in
an insert because I wanted the screw to turn tight.
Now the next hole can be drilled. Again using the speed square I marked, clamped and drilled this hole, now the fence can be secured at 45 degrees.
Note, I did countersink the holes to fit the machine screws making sure everything was flush.
Above is my test and first cut and it turned out great......
These are a few of the first cuts I made, I am very happy with this sled
and it will come in handy for future projects.
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