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    Re: Crosscut sled construction - what to use for the runners?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Mathews View Post
    I use the UHMW. I get large sheets of scrap from work that are about an inch thick x 2' x3'. I mill them on the TS and jointer all the same. They work great and don't bind. They add a bit of slipperiness to the runners...IMO
    You should offer up 1" X 1" X 2' strips of this for sale, sounds like people could make good use of them.

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    Re: Crosscut sled construction - what to use for the runners?

    Agreed.

    I'd definitely purchase several for the jigs I plan to make.

    The picnic would be an ideal place/time to sell them

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    Re: Crosscut sled construction - what to use for the runners?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brogan View Post
    Agreed.

    I'd definitely purchase several for the jigs I plan to make.

    The picnic would be an ideal place/time to sell them
    As an aside, Klingspor now carries 3/4" wide, 3/8" deep, 4' long UHMW for 9.99
    http://www.woodworkingshop.com/product/ph11210/

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    Re: Crosscut sled construction - what to use for the runners?

    Not a bad price for the UHMW but the flat rate shipping cost makes it more expensive than other places if it's the only thing being purchased.

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    Re: Crosscut sled construction - what to use for the runners?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brogan View Post
    Not a bad price for the UHMW but the flat rate shipping cost makes it more expensive than other places if it's the only thing being purchased.
    True just meant they have it in store for those close enough.

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    Re: Crosscut sled construction - what to use for the runners?

    That's a good point - I'm so used to shopping online I always forget about physical stores.

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    Re: Crosscut sled construction - what to use for the runners?

    Bryan, next time you're in Chapel Hill, let me know with some lead time and you can stop at my shop and we'll cut you a piece. I get it for the cost of asking and hauling it home. No need for me to sell it.

    Brogan, you're always welcome to stop by too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gilley23 View Post
    You should offer up 1" X 1" X 2' strips of this for sale, sounds like people could make good use of them.

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    Re: Crosscut sled construction - what to use for the runners?

    Quote Originally Posted by Brogan View Post
    That's a good point - I'm so used to shopping online I always forget about physical stores.
    Again, get your saw, and I will mill you a couple runners. I buy the 1" X 3/8" wear strips from AgriSupply in Garner. The last ones I bought were around $16 for a 10' length. Rip them to a little over 3/4", then plane to size. I built a sled to run them through planer for exact fit

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    Re: Crosscut sled construction - what to use for the runners?

    Quote Originally Posted by junquecol View Post
    I built a sled to run them through planer for exact fit
    So you built a sled to make some runners to build a sled

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    Re: Crosscut sled construction - what to use for the runners?

    I make most of my runners with maple, sometimes I varnish it and wax it but sometimes I'm in a hurry and don't. I make the runners long so there is less side to side movement. Double runners sometimes and single sometimes depending on what I'm making.

    Somebody gave me or I bought in a lot some of the aluminum runners but I haven't had a critical application that deserved the extra accuracy yet.

    I look at jigs as disposable items sorta like sandpaper. If I could I would dispose of all of them. But, they do come in handy once in a while.



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    Re: Crosscut sled construction - what to use for the runners?

    What about standard 3/8 x 3/4 cold rolled 1018 steel from Speedy metals?
    That's what I use. I'll get them 18" long or 24" long.
    Drill and tap for whatever or drill for screws into the sliding panel.
    The older Sears saws used a smaller slot (-.005Ī) so they won't work there, but for other saws, its perfect.

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    Re: Crosscut sled construction - what to use for the runners?

    Quote Originally Posted by bob vaughan View Post
    What about standard 3/8 x 3/4 cold rolled 1018 steel from Speedy metals?
    That's what I use. I'll get them 18" long or 24" long.
    Drill and tap for whatever or drill for screws into the sliding panel.
    The older Sears saws used a smaller slot (-.005Ī) so they won't work there, but for other saws, its perfect.
    Dillon Supply stocks 1018 in twelve foot lengths. Last I bought was around $36. It's been a couple years now.

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    Re: Crosscut sled construction - what to use for the runners?

    3/4" aluminum flat bar from the BORGs works well. Just drill and countersink. Dbl sided tape or hot melt glue will hold until you get it screwed in.
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    Re: Crosscut sled construction - what to use for the runners?

    I've got the purpleheart runners cut and planed down and attached to 1/2" oak plywood. Hoping to have the rest of the basic sled assembled tonight!

    I'm thinking that MDF probably would have been a better choice for the platform. It's got to be more flat and square off of the shelf than plywood. I picked the best piece of oak that they had, and it's pretty dang close to dead on, but with MDF being manufactured the way it it, it's got to be more true.

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    Re: Crosscut sled construction - what to use for the runners?

    I would tend to agree.
    Even the decent quality 3/4" plywood from HD, Lowe's, etc. seems to be warped, twisted, etc.

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