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Perfect Door Joinery With a Router Table Sled

By: Bryan Nelson
A router table is a great tool for producing tight, crisp joints. But routing across the grain of a workpiece can be a problem. This sled makes it easy.

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Whether it’s grooves, tenons, or even using the specialized “stile and rail” bit sets, a router table is usually the right piece of equipment for the job. But routing across the grain of a workpiece can be a problem. The biggest challenges are preventing tearout and keeping a narrow workpiece square to the bit.

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This sled meets both of these challenges. Right behind the workpiece, you’ll find an MDF backing strip that supports the workpiece to eliminate tearout. Another thing I really like about this sled is the holddown. It’s an amazingly simple clamp that locksthe workpiece firmly in place. This sled is a great addition to any shop.

Published: Sept. 3, 2020
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