Woodpecker Mini Coping Sled
Let's face it: Making coped (end-grain) cuts on the router table can be a white knuckle experience.
Woodpeckers new Mini-Coping Sled is designed to take the stress and strain out of this challenging router table operation. Our sled is deceptively simple, strong and exceptionally effective. The150mm by 280mm base is made from a precisely machined blank of 19mm-thick phenolic –a broad, rigid platform for anchoring the workpiece.
But instead of being mounted on top of the phenolic base, the workpiece is held captive beneath it, locked in place by a self-aligning jaw with a non-slip grip surface.
We think you'll agree that allowing the workpiece to ride directly on the router table is a stroke of jig-making genius. The table surface and the workpiece reference surface are one and the same, making it quick and easy to adjust bit height precisely. You'll also appreciate the fact that you won't need to extend the shank of the bit far above the collet, or use a collet extension.
These setups are sometimes necessary when the workpiece has to be mounted on top of a sled-type jig, and they can increase the potential for chatter during the cut.
After trying out other coping sleds that are designed to ride in the router table's miter slot, we decided that it's better for a coping sled to be guided by the router table's fence. With a fence-guided sled, you can concentrate your feed pressure where it counts the most –toward the bit and fence. The clear polycarbonate fence guide is straight, rigid and over 430mm long for rock-solid registration against the router table fence.
The fence guide doubles as a bit guard –another nice feature.