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I am John, retired and living in Yorkshire England. I am new to the world of the router
and have recently built a router cabinet. My latest project involves making a crosscut sled for my table saw. I have spent most of today trying to source UHMW plastic (low friction) for the runners. There are lots of suppliers in the USA but I cant find any in the UK. Can anyone help.
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Welcome aboard.
I just used plywood for mine, and had no problems. Especially after I use a bit of non-silicone paste floor wax.

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Welcome to the forum, John.

I use hardwood strips for my runners. They should be easier to find. ( I used tomato stakes for my first sled). And as indicated by Theo, if you lubricate with wax, sliding is not an issue.

I would think there would be industrial plastic suppliers not too far away.

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Welcome to the forum John. I used UHMW on my sled to start with and took it off after and switched to a hardwood. The reason I did was because I had the runners sticking out past both ends of my sled for added stability and range (particularly on the front/infeed side). The UHMW was too flimsy when unsupported.

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Welcome to the Forum, John. I also used hardwood for sled runners, lubricated with Bee's Wax. Seems to work great and the steel saw table likes the bee's wax too. I used Oak for the runners because I had lots of stock on hand. Why buy New if you can make due?!!

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Re UHMW plastic.

Thanks for all the replies. I have gone with hardwood and it is working well.
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Re UHMW plastic.

Thanks for all the replies. I have gone with hardwood and it is working well.
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