Wise Buys: Coping Sleds
This sleek aluminum sled is the Lexus of coping sleds. Its three clamps can adjust to hold the workpiece and wood backer block, which makes changing backer blocks quick and easy. The large, comfortable foam-covered rear handle dampens vibration better than the others. A clear plastic chip shield mounted on posts rides against the fence, providing a 3/4" offset to keep the aluminum base clear of the bit. However, your fence must be at least 3-1/4" tall to engage this shield; if not, you'll need to add a taller auxiliary fence.
--Tested by Bob Hunter, Tool & Techniques Editor
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