Been wanting to try these out for months, so I decided to buy some strips from Lee Valley since they were having a free shipping special.
I purchased (4) 3/4"x3/8"x24" with the idea that they were gonna fit perfectly into a 3/4" standard miter slot...
I was a little dissapointed yesterday when I opened the package and noticed all the pieces were rough sawn so badly that 3 of the 4 sides had really deep saw marks on them.
I tried to place a strip into my Rocker router table miter slot and noticed I had to apply some pressure to get it into the slot. It was such a tight fight that it did not slide within the slot.
Now here's my newbie thinking....if I try to sand/shape the strips to fit within the slots properly will the sawcuts all but dissapear or will I still have the scaring created by the saw cuts?
Or, in order to get the sides smooth will I make the strip too narrow which will create slop in the miter slot?
Its a very expensive product and i would of expected a factory style finish on all sides.
I've used wood for mitre slot runners and I'm not that impressed. I live in Phoenix and one day were having high humidity monsoons and the next super dry weather...so, wood is not an option unless I'm convinced otherwise. I used oak for runners on a TS sled and a few days after the build I started to get play on the slots...btw, the oak had been sitting in my garage for 7 yrs...so its totally dried.
Any suggestions on whether I should complain to Lee Valley or is this common of UHMW strips?
I also purchased a 3/4"x4"x24" strip that I haven't received yet.
What is the preference here? Wood, UHMW or the adjustable metal?
Btw...the sled is sitting on a worthless SKIL TS, so maybe that's part of the problem. I'm hoping to have my hands on a RIDGID TS3650 within a week and wanting to build the "super sled".
Dask MAKES ME DROOL