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DON'T make these Router Sled Mistakes! | Evening Woodworker


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Avoid these 7 common mistakes when using a router sled to flatten a live edge slab. There are many different designs of router sleds out there, but here I show you a simple design that will work every time. The best part is you can just build it out of plywood scraps from around your shop! You don’t need a fancy or expensive router sled to be able to get great results and end up with nice even slab surface.

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Tools used in my shop:
Ridgid Spindle Sander: https://homedepot.sjv.io/vd1Ej
Ridgid Router 2.5hp https://homedepot.sjv.io/MeoRo
Husky 30gal Air Compressor: https://homedepot.sjv.io/mdro1
Dewalt 13in Thickness Planer: https://homedepot.sjv.io/LkoRY
Worksharp 3000: https://amzn.to/2UM88qs
Dewalt 12″ Sliding Compound Miter Saw: https://amzn.to/2UWVRiR
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Jet Mortiser: https://amzn.to/2QXtFLA
Dewalt 20V Drill Driver Combo: https://amzn.to/2JBEwXy
Dewalt Random Orbital Sander: https://amzn.to/2R5qP7t
Hegner Multi Max 18 Scroll Saw: https://amzn.to/34hF5iV
Portable Belt Sander: https://homedepot.sjv.io/XBEK3
2hp Dust Collector: https://amzn.to/2VbkKHV
Workshop Vac: https://amzn.to/3bF7ul6
Polyurethane mallet: https://amzn.to/3bVgl2z
Ridgid 12V Drill Driver Combo: https://homedepot.sjv.io/7gKK5
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Website: https://www.eveningwoodworker.com/

I am an engineer by day and a woodworker by night… usually after the kids are in bed and before the neighbors call the cops!

I have a passion for building things out of wood and all things woodworking. I am always looking for new projects that look fun and challenging. My woodworking inspiration comes from my kids, my wife, and the forests around my house. I consider myself a serious hobbyist and I hope you can learn something and get inspired from the projects and mistakes that I make. I will also show you how I organize and work in my small shop in 1 bay of my garage. I will share videos of my past, current, and future woodworking projects with the goal of getting you out in the shop making sawdust!

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  1. This guy is good, his videos are very educational, he explains things thoroughly and makes it easy to understand. Just subscribed with and a BIG 2 thumbs up..

  2. Hello, very good info in the video.
    I have been cleaning my workshop also multiple times for hours after using the router to flatten slabs. Today , I found a simple, cheap method to reduce the saw dust.
    Lay a sheet of MDF or whatever wood on the right of your sled and also a vertical piece of wood. It will reduce the cleaning work afterwards a lot.

  3. I'm going to build a sled for very large slabs (9'x6'x3") this weekend with friends and we'll benefit enormously from you great guidance here. One question: I can't see how the sled slides past the support blocks glued to the side of the rails? Thank you for the care you put into this and your other vids.

  4. It everyone who can do has the ability to teach.

    This is the 4th video I’ve watched to learn how to build the sled.

    With the others, the craftsman either just kept cutting with very little to no explanation. To make it worse, some fast forwarded st least half the video as if one was supposed to understand what he was doing. One of the videos had “101” in the title. 101 as in the basics of it. 101 as in beginners.

    I’m going to watch more of your videos and if your as consistent in your teaching methods as this one I’m definitely going to subscribe. Thank you.

  5. I have a problem where my router bit cant reach my project. Ive borrowed a Bosch 1200 pf (my dewalt broke), Even when I plunge it way down it dont even pass the material of the sled. I used to have an extension-adapter for the bit but that one also broke. One solution is to use thinner material for the sled like 0.5 cm, but thats not stable. Rails are not to high

  6. Thanks for the video these are great tips I am happy I can avoid learning the hard way!

    Is your slab only sitting on two strips on wood that go perpendicular to the rails where that are supported? Did you check anything with these to be sure they were level with one another?

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