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Offline Shawnrader

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Router sled for the MFT
« on: January 07, 2020, 11:56 AM »
I needed a router sled to flatten some walnut, and decided to utilize the V slot extrusion on the MFT as the rails.  I made it adjustable to handle various thickness materials.



I used some jig hardware for the height adjustment.  The V groove was cut on my table saw.  Everything made of Baltic Birch.



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Offline doug H

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Re: Router sled for the MFT
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2020, 01:04 PM »
Nicely done! Thanks for sharing.

Offline punkmft

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Re: Router sled for the MFT
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2020, 01:05 PM »
Wow. Very cool. Thanks for sharing!

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Offline Gregor

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Re: Router sled for the MFT
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2020, 04:15 PM »
Good job!

Reminds me of the two long MFT/3 extrusions that are waiting to be turned into a bigger MFT, need to increase my trawling the usual used sites to obtain the rest of the parts...
« Last Edit: January 07, 2020, 04:50 PM by Gregor »

Offline Roseland

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Re: Router sled for the MFT
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2020, 04:24 PM »
Excellent. I like the way the sides keep the base the router runs on horizontal.

Andrew
TS55, MFT/3, OF1400, OF1010, CT26, RS100, ETS125, CXS, MFS400, DF-500, Zobos.

Online Joelm

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Re: Router sled for the MFT
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2020, 07:25 PM »
Wow great idea. I think I may borrow it.
Thanks for sharing.

Offline ForumMFG

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Re: Router sled for the MFT
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2020, 08:55 PM »
Just curious why you made the slot in the sled for your router but so short, now you are limited to board width.  Unless im missing something here.   Besides that, i freaking love this idea.  Was just looking at sleds today.  This is a much cheaper way to go that looks like it works well. 

Offline VirTERM

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Re: Router sled for the MFT
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2020, 09:54 PM »
Very cool. What kind of router bit do you use with this tiny Makita router? I have one as well, and I really like your idea

Offline Shawnrader

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Re: Router sled for the MFT
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2020, 10:37 PM »
Here's the bit I used, it has worked great: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071748JQN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I ran the little Makita at low speed, it had no problems driving the little surfacing bit over Walnut.

The slot in the rail is wider since I took the picture.  I used the same Whiteside bit to cut the slot.  If the slot was cut full length I could flatten a workpiece nearly the width of the MFT.

Offline Dusty.Tools

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Re: Router sled for the MFT
« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2020, 01:36 AM »
Very nice!

Out of interest, did you consider using a copying ring on the router versus putting sides on the sledge?



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Offline RJNeal

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Re: Router sled for the MFT
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2020, 04:30 AM »
Sweet and simple. Loving it.
Thanks
Rick
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Offline jobsworth

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Re: Router sled for the MFT
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2020, 12:08 PM »
Great idea, thanks for sharing with us

Offline VirTERM

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Re: Router sled for the MFT
« Reply #12 on: January 08, 2020, 12:21 PM »
This tiny Makita works very well with CT26 for edge "processing" and such, basically, no dust left on any surfaces.
I wonder how much "mess" did you end up having to clean after your flattening exercise?

Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Router sled for the MFT
« Reply #13 on: January 08, 2020, 12:37 PM »
Very nice!

Out of interest, did you consider using a copying ring on the router versus putting sides on the sledge?

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You need the side so the sledge doesn’t sag.

Offline Dusty.Tools

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Re: Router sled for the MFT
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2020, 01:02 PM »
Very nice!

Out of interest, did you consider using a copying ring on the router versus putting sides on the sledge?

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You need the side so the sledge doesn’t sag.
Yes that makes for structure, it looks like it’s also the guide for the router.


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Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Router sled for the MFT
« Reply #15 on: January 08, 2020, 01:05 PM »
Double duty.

Offline Shawnrader

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Re: Router sled for the MFT
« Reply #16 on: January 08, 2020, 04:07 PM »
Yeah the sides are to keeping it from sagging in the middle.  The front is lower to make room for the dust collection port.
Dust collection is not great, captures maybe 50%. I think it would have been better if I had designed it around the Makita trim base which has much better dust collection than the plunge base.  I assembled it dry with dominos and screws so I can reconfigure it.

Online Joelm

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Re: Router sled for the MFT
« Reply #17 on: January 19, 2020, 02:02 PM »
I'm wondering if the sled could be done by using an mcw 1000 extension table with the table top removed. That would leave you with two parallel extrusions that won't sag. When your done just put the extension table top back on and you don't need to store a large plywood sled somewhere in the shop.

Offline Gregor

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Re: Router sled for the MFT
« Reply #18 on: January 20, 2020, 01:20 PM »
I'm wondering if the sled could be done by using an mcw 1000 extension table with the table top removed. That would leave you with two parallel extrusions that won't sag. When your done just put the extension table top back on and you don't need to store a large plywood sled somewhere in the shop.
I expect the frame of a MW 1000 table to be unstable with the top removed, some applied pressure and the plastic corners might need replacement...

Offline ryan_k

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Re: Router sled for the MFT
« Reply #19 on: January 20, 2020, 03:30 PM »
I like that design. 

I rigged up some 8 foot lengths of 80/20  and clamped it to the MFT with some 5/16 hardware and large washers through the 20mm holes.  Allows me to handle longer pieces.  This could be a really good addition to handle wider stuff.