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Thread: Miter slot runner material question

  1. #16
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    I have a lot of salvaged UHMW plastic sheets. Most of my sleds have it as runners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Outten View Post
    I have been using PVC material in my shop for a very long time. Lots of shop jigs and fixtures and my band saw slider below were made from 3/4" thick PVC sheet. I have also made shop shelves, stands, plaques and signs.
    Keith, could post the source for the 3/4Ē sheet? I have some of the board but havenít seen the sheet material.
    Joe

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    Joe,

    The only thing I can remember about the source for the 3/4" PVC sheet is that I bought several sheets from a company in Williamsburg. I can now purchase PVC from Norva Plastics in Norfolk Virginia, I am pretty friendly with the owner and occasionally he gives away drops from some of his large projects. The last load he gave me almost overloaded my 3/4 ton van, I will be using that PVC load for many years to come. I have the drops stored in my barn and one of my storage buildings and I use it for for so many things around my home and shop that it is everywhere.

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    I am building a sled now. I decided to use PVC. I picked up a 3/4 strip at Lowe’s. I ran it through the planer until I got a
    perfect fit. My concern is wear. The stuff seems kind of soft. I guess time will tell.
    Charlie Jones

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    Thread-jack -- Thanks Stan and Keith. I had used PVC board around the house but, never made the connection to using it in the shop. I have something in mind where this may be just the ticket.
    Take me to the hotel - Baggage gone, oh well . . .

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    How do you attach the UHMW to the sled? Thanks in advance.

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    I use red oak. It’s durable and the open grain holds some parifin wax that keeps it sliding smooooth.
    Sharp solves all manner of problems.

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    Usually it is mounted with screws as many adhesives won't stick to UHMW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Luter View Post
    I use red oak. Itís durable and the open grain holds some parifin wax that keeps it sliding smooooth.
    hite oak for me. I have lots of it in the cut off bins. 2nd on the wax.
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