09 Jan K-Premium Coping Sled from MLCS
Coping – forming a profile on end grain – is always a challenge. Keeping the work-piece square to the bit can be difficult and even dangerous. Over the years, several manufacturers have developed small sleds to hold the work and keep fingers at a safe distance. This new one from MLCS is sturdy, streamlined and well thought out. The K-premium Coping Sled (item 9540, $149.99) is a professional grade jig with an aluminum base that, unlike wood or Plexiglas bases, will not flex. And it doesn’t rely on a miter slot. Instead, there’s an offset clear plastic fence guide, so there’s no cutting into the sled and no need to replace parts over time. The edge of this clear top fence rides against the router table’s fence. Two large handles keep fingers at a safe distance and provide perfect geometry for holding and controlling the sled as it moves. Two gently serrated clamp jaws (one fixed, one adjustable) hold the work, so the end is always at a perfect ninety degrees to the router table fence. A large knob locks the adjustable fence tight against the workpiece. A heavy-duty toggle clamp provides downward pressure and secures the workpiece rigidly in place. The aluminum base measures 12″ long x 7-1/2” wide, and the sled can handle stiles and rails up to 2” thick and 7-1/2” wide. That latter dimension means there’s plenty of room on most cuts for a waste backer block to prevent tear-out.