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Okay, let me see if I have this coping sled thing figured out.

The bottom of the sled actually becomes your table top for purposes of setting the bit height. The stock is clamped into the sled and the sled rides against the fence as the cut is made. That would be used to make the cuts on the rails, correct?

I assume the stiles are then cut without the need for anything other than your fence.

I was confused by your answer to my miter sled question. Specifically, when you said,

"...many do like to use the coping sled to be safe..with a piece of laminate as a gauge you can just slide the stock up to the fence and lock the stock in place and than just pull it out b/4 making the pass.."

What is the purpose of the laminate gauge? Wouldn't I want both the sled and the stock to be against the fence?

Please forgive me if these questions seem silly. I'm an old fart, but I have limited experience with the router table. Now that I'm retired, my wife, daughter, and daughters-in-law have busied themselves dreaming up things for me to build. I'm happy to do it, but find that I must develop a new set of skills if I am to do it properly.

Thanks in advance for your understanding.

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" The bottom of the sled actually becomes your table top for purposes of setting the bit height. The stock is clamped into the sled and the sled rides against the fence as the cut is made. That would be used to make the cuts on the rails, correct?"= correct

" I assume the stiles are then cut without the need for anything other than your fence." = right on

" laminate " is only use when the sled is in a tee track setup.

" What is the purpose of the laminate gauge? Wouldn't I want both the sled and the stock to be against the fence?" =no, the sled is very hard to get setup right.

Let me say I have made MANY sleds and most don't work well for both router bits and it takes two bits to get the job done..

The best way I have found , 1st. once the bit is setup in the router you don't move the router up or down when you switch out the bits and you use a big push block and use wider stock say 5" wide and than rip the stock to right size after the mill work is done on both part (S & R ),once you over come the fear of the router table it's easy.

You may say how and why can I switch the bits out without moving the router up or down,read the PDF on the post below, it will show you how and why it's done and the best way,your parts will always line up dead on and no sanding the norm.

http://www.routerforums.com/router-b...outer-bit.html

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Okay, let me see if I have this coping sled thing figured out.

The bottom of the sled actually becomes your table top for purposes of setting the bit height. The stock is clamped into the sled and the sled rides against the fence as the cut is made. That would be used to make the cuts on the rails, correct?

I assume the stiles are then cut without the need for anything other than your fence.

I was confused by your answer to my miter sled question. Specifically, when you said,

"...many do like to use the coping sled to be safe..with a piece of laminate as a gauge you can just slide the stock up to the fence and lock the stock in place and than just pull it out b/4 making the pass.."

What is the purpose of the laminate gauge? Wouldn't I want both the sled and the stock to be against the fence?

Please forgive me if these questions seem silly. I'm an old fart, but I have limited experience with the router table. Now that I'm retired, my wife, daughter, and daughters-in-law have busied themselves dreaming up things for me to build. I'm happy to do it, but find that I must develop a new set of skills if I am to do it properly.

Thanks in advance for your understanding.

Russ



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So, do you find a grommet at your local BORG or just use his bits? They are on the pricey side for a hobbyist/retired teacher, not that any carbide bit is cheap...
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Hi Russ

" grommet " right on or any hardware store or auto parts store..at about .10 cents ea.but buy a hand full just in case the hole is a bit deeper in your router..just a little glue to stack them up..

"Bits" = no need to use his bits just need to make sure they are a matched set.

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3pc 12¬į w/Backcutter Panel & Class R&S Router Bit Set - eBay (item 130472783188 end time Jan-14-11 12:26:37 PST)

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Hey, thanks for the links, Bob. I think I found the bit I need to make my daughter's table leaves! And they are a lot cheaper than MLCS! I wasn't keen on spending $55 on a bit that I would use once, and that may or may not have been the right one!
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Hi Russ

That's great how about a link to the one you found

But don't forget they can be used for many other jobs, a cutter is a cutter..many forget that many router bits can be used for other jobs..slot cutter, round over bit,cove bit, etc.you don't need to use the full profile of the bit.. sometimes

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Hey, thanks for the links, Bob. I think I found the bit I need to make my daughter's table leaves! And they are a lot cheaper than MLCS! I wasn't keen on spending $55 on a bit that I would use once, and that may or may not have been the right one!



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