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You know I was pricing the materials to make a super sled versus the cost of a sled at Rockler ( local Rockler store ) and the cost of the material alone ( if I used all T-track as planned ) is over $100.00. The cost of a sled at my local Rockler store is around $130.00 out the door ( with miter capability ).
Me thinks I will be saving up for that now versus making a super sled.

Not that there is anything wrong with the super sled. Its a hum dinger of a sled ! I like it a lot ! But from a completely assembled purchase price point versus material and time in making one My lazy self is leaning towards purchasing a pre-built sled. My saw is not a full size cabinet saw any way so the super sled would be over kill and hang off all over it like and over sized tarp. I did a scaled down blue print but it would still seem to bulky and unwheeldly for my saw.

Good God fellas ! This past Monday was my 1st time in Rockler. I DID NOT WANT TO LEAVE !! They took me in the back and showed me a HUUUUUUGGGE slab of Burly water fall Bubinga a customer special ordered for a couple counter tops. It was ( I chit you not ) 9-10 feet WIDE x 6 feet tall x 6 inches thick ! ALL ONE CONTINUOUS RECTANGULAR BAN SAW CUT OFF FROM THE SAME TREE !! It had to have weighed about 6-700lbs easily. Said it cost the customer around $3,500 plus import fees. It had about 4 inches or so of live edge on it.
They had some 2"x4"x6' Bahama cherry planks that were amazing as well.
Pretty steep price tag on those as well. Had an excellent selection of Ebony bowl blanks and standard sized planks as well.
I was so tempted to get the check book out LOL !

The best part was being able to see all the jigs, fixtures, and tools I constantly look at online in person in their shop and be able to check them out. All I ended up leaving with though was a set of fence shims for my router and a 4' T-track kit LOL !

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We don't have any Rockler stores in Kansas City, I'm planning on checking out an "authorized Rockler reseller" that's nearby though. Hopefully they have accessories I'm looking for. It also happens to be near the only Woodcraft store we have so between the two I should be able to get my router table finished. I just wish they were closer to where I live. There are no less than 8 Home Depots or Lowe's within 15 miles away from me, yet I have to drive to the other side of the city to find a decent woodworking store.
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We don't have any Rockler stores in Kansas City, I'm planning on checking out an "authorized Rockler reseller" that's nearby though. Hopefully they have accessories I'm looking for. It also happens to be near the only Woodcraft store we have so between the two I should be able to get my router table finished. I just wish they were closer to where I live. There are no less than 8 Home Depots or Lowe's within 15 miles away from me, yet I have to drive to the other side of the city to find a decent woodworking store.
The Woodcraft on Blue Jacket is pretty good. Ask for Chris or Charlie.

Also good is Metro Hardwoods in Independence (I-70 and Noland).

And a quick plug for the Kansas City Woodworkers Guild, with membership ($35/yr) you get 10% (with some exceptions) off at both stores plus a handful of other places. Kansas City Woodworkers Guild
I'm trying to find you the link that lists all the "benefits" but it isn't making itself known just at the moment...

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The closest Rockler store is over in the NNE corner of Missouri. Rob has given you the best option for our area, (eastern Ks).

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I did make it over to Woodcraft today, asked a few questions on insert plates and they were very helpful. They did not have any plates that came with pre drilled mounting holes for my router, and I really didn't want to risk messing that up at the prices they charge for those plates. I did stop by Overland Tool while I was in that area, and found they carry some Rockler products in stock, but not as much as a true Rockler store. They happened to be out of stock on the insert plate that will fit my router, so I just ended up ordering it online.
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Yeah the Rockler store near me is the only real wood working tools and accessory store in the area for miles that I know of. Like you said though home Depots and Lowes as far as the eye can see but all they carry is Ryobi, Rigid, Hitachi, Skil, Dewalt and very few porter cable tools. No accessories to speak of for any of them though. Just straight edge guides, Circle cutters, pocket hole jigs, sign jigs... things like that.

You might also look into Granger. They have stores all over and there may be on in your area ?

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