[vc_row el_id=”1559328254970-547943e4-e5d7″][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_single_image image=”5252″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]I’ve never used a router, so this part was a bit of a challenge. I didn’t know how to add the bit, for one thing, and there were a surprising dearth of Youtube videos showing how to do it, at least for this particular router. I watched a lot of reviews of the Ridgid router, and some of them showed a little bit of how to use it, but there were still a lot of gaps. After a couple of hours of watching videos, and in general putting it off, I decided I just needed to plunge in and do it. I figured out how to put a bit in, clamped my wood to the work bench- with blocks underneath so I didn’t accidentally route a hole in the work surface, donned some safety goggles and flipped the “on” switch.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id=”1559413944961-91da2c35-ebed”][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_single_image image=”5253″ img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]I was surprised and fascinated by how smoothly the router carved away the wood, and how relatively easy it was to control. My finished product was a bit wobbly looking, but I was disproportionately proud of it. Usually for the temporary sled you only need to carve a hole in the middle, but the wood round I bought so I could skip sawing out a square by hand was a little too thick, so I traced the shape of my router onto the wood and routed out a recess to fit it into.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id=”1559480775333-abd3da80-09b9″][vc_column][vc_column_text]My goal was actually to skip the whole temporary sled and just make something I could use as a final sled- I really, really hate doing the same thing over twice. I also wanted go as small as possible with the sled, so I used this 15″ round. It got a little crowded by the time I added the ring, the z-axis, and the weights, but it did work.

The sled is another area where Maslow users innovate in so many fascinating ways. Tell me how you handled it. did you build a temporary sled or try to skip this step?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id=”1559414120423-4c972855-212d”][vc_column][pgscore_info_box layout=”style_2″ content_alignment=”left” icon_position=”left” icon_disable=”” title=”Assembly 1.3 Building the Temporary Sled” title_el=”h4″ title_color=”#323232″ description=”Click PDF image to download these instructions in PDF format” enable_step=”” step=”01″ style_2_step_position=”above_title” style_4_step_color=”#323232″ style_5_step_color=”#323232″ icon_style=”default” icon_size=”lg” icon_shape=”square” icon_background_color=”#cccccc” icon_border_color=”#cccccc” icon_border_width=”5″ icon_border_style=”” icon_enable_outer_border=”” icon_outer_border_color=”#cccccc” icon_outer_border_width=”5″ icon_outer_border_style=”” icon_source=”font” icon_image=”” icon_color=”#e2574c” element_css=”” element_id=”” element_class=”” icon_type=”fontawesome” icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-file-pdf-o” icon_openiconic=”vc-oi vc-oi-dial” icon_typicons=”typcn typcn-adjust-brightness” icon_entypo=”entypo-icon entypo-icon-note” icon_linecons=”vc_li vc_li-heart” icon_monosocial=”vc-mono vc-mono-fivehundredpx” icon_material=”vc-material vc-material-cake” icon_pixelicons=”vc_pixel_icon vc_pixel_icon-alert” icon_flaticon=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_id=”1559414280136-7a8e549c-f1d5″][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”6946″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_border” onclick=”custom_link” img_link_target=”_blank” css_animation=”fadeIn” link=”http://www.makermadecnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/1.3BuildingTheTemporarySled-1.pdf”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row pgscore_enable_responsive_settings=”true” el_id=”1559434418583-5b2341f5-4f9d”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_custom_heading text=”Tools Needed” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:left” use_theme_fonts=”yes”][vc_column_text]

  • Router, .25” router bit
  • Handsaw or circular saw
  • Screwdrivers
  • Power Drill, .25” & .5” drill bits
  • Socket wrench, various sizes

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  • 5/16 Allen Wrench
  • Pencil
  • Safety goggles
  • Clamps (optional)

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  • (1) 4×8 plywood, .75” thick*
  • (2) bricks
  • (3) Size 10-32 machine screws
  • Hardware and parts from kit

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  • (1) 18×18” square
  • (2) 1×5.5” rectangles**

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  • *If you have scrap plywood on hand, it’s not neccesary to buy a whole sheet of plywood

    **Brick holders should be the right size for your bricks, measure to make sure they’re wide enough to stretch across the whole brick with about .75″ hanging off either side.

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  • Mark dimensions of parts on plywood
  • Exactness is not critical for temporary sled
  • Using hand or circular saw, cut out parts

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  • Mark 1.5”x1.5” hole in center of sled
  • Use router to cut out hole, going down approx 1/10” per pass

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  • Remove cap on side of handle
  • Bolt inside hole may be unscrewed with a 5/16 allen wrench
  • Turn router over so baseplate is up
  • Use Phillips-head screwdriver to remove 3 machine screws from bottom of baseplate
  • Set router and baseplate aside

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  • In your browser, navigate to
    http://github.com/MaslowCNC/Firmware/releases/
  • Download latest version of firmware
  • Open zip folder
  • Install program on your computer

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  • Place one carriage on either side of ring
  • Insert shoulder bolt up through bottom of carriage, slip one washer over bolt, then one ring bearing, then another washer
  • Push shoulder bolt through top of carriage, fasten with nut
  • Do this twice for each carriage
  • Use allen wrench to tighten bolts
  • Bearings should still rotate freely

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  • Place components on sled as shown above
  • Baseplate of router in center of sled
  • Ring assembly centered around baseplate
  • Bricks and holders in corners, exact placement not critical
  • Use pencil to mark 3 holes in baseplate
  • Mark placement of ring and brick holders
  • Mark .5” circle as shown, middle of sled, halfway between top edge and ring
  • If using Z-axis with temporary sled, leave room for that as marked above

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  • Place brick holders in marked spots, clamp into place (optional but helpful)
  • Mark a spot on each end of holder just outside of where the brick will be
  • Drill through holders and sled with .25” bit
  • Drill 3 holes where marked for router with .25” bit
  • Drill top hole with .5” bit

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  • Insert screws through pre-drilled holes from bottom of sled into router
  • Tighten with Phillips-head screwdriver

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  • Insert bolts  through pre-drilled holes from bottom of sled through to the top
  • Place bricks between bolts
  • Place wooden brick retainers over bolts
  • Secure with nuts

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  • Place ring on sled centered around router
  • Each L-bracket has six small holes, insert a small screw through each hole
  • Fasten with Phillips-head screwdriver

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NEXT STEP: INSTALLING THE Z-AXIS

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