woodpeckers Coping Sled Review

Review and instructions for woodpeckers Coping Sled. The bottom line. Awesome product. For those of you who might not know what a coping sled is, (like me in the beginning.) It is a must have item if you want to make raised panel doors on a router table. See: Raised panel door. The one use I can see for a coping sled is for cutting the tennen on the rails, though there may be others. Woodpeckers® coping sled is a little pricy but the thing is built like a tank. I plan to make many more doors in the future so I saved my pennies and managed to catch it on sale for $119.95 reg $139.95. Woodpeckers Coping Sled If you buy one and even though the instructions are clear and every thing is well marked, you will need sighted help with assembly. Once assembled however, it is a breeze to use. This sled slides a long the router table fence and does not use the miter track at all. So the first thing I did after installing my rail bit in the router and set the dept of cut was to take a straight edge and align the fence with the out side edge of the bearing on the bit. The sled has an adjustable guide rail that slides along the fence. So the next thing I do is set this rail so the base of the sled has enough clearance so it does not come in contact with the bit. Then I place my work piece on the sled so that it and the sleds guide rail are both touching the fence. The sled holds the work piece in two directions. First it has a double wide T-track which is about four inches longer than the sled. This track is the fence of the sled. I cut a piece of scrap about an inch wide and the same length and thickness of the stock. This acts as a backer block to prevent tear out. I place it against the fence of the sled and slide it so it is touching the fence of the router table. Then I place the work piece up against the backer board and the router table fence. On the opposite side of the sled fence there is an adjustable block. I slide this block against the work piece and tighten the two knobs to hold it in place. This effectively clamps the stock and backer board in place preventing lateral movement of the work piece. Next the sled has two screw clamps that are mounted to two more T-tracks above the stock. I slide the clamps along the track until they are directly above the work piece and tighten them in place. Then I tighten the clamps. This holds the work piece down on the sled. After this the work piece is not going any where and I am ready to make the cut. I should mention the work piece always goes on the sled with the face you want on the out side of the door face down on the sled. To make the cut I grab the two handles and while holding the sled against the fence I slide the sled forward through the bit. After the cut is complete I turn off the router loosen the clamps and flip the work piece end for end clamp it down and make the second cut. Note: Be careful not to flip the work piece over. Always keep the same face of the work piece facing down. Conclusion: This is a vary nice sled. But it is not the only one on the market. There are many varieties with many price ranges and some people make their own. Article submitted by fellow blind woodworker Darrel Vickers End of article.