over the years I've made dozens and dozens of homemade coping sleds some were pretty good some were pretty bad but with 44 cope and stick doors to make I decided to see if one of my favorite manufacturers could make a coping sled better than something I could build myself so today let's take a look at the woodpecker's coping sled the woodpecker's coping sled comes disassembled but it's nicely packaged in this box and really easy to assemble I recommend laying out all the parts and getting familiar with each item then reading the directions carefully before you start assembly all parts used to assemble the woodpecker's coping sled are batched together in other words this little plastic bag contains the parts necessary for the first assembly step which is attaching the fence to do that we're going to use five of these 5/8 inch screws five of these oval t-track nuts and these two registration pins the orientation of the base is important you'll notice there's five holes here and four up here so orient the base so the five holes are on the bottom and simply put the screws through and very loosely attach the t-nuts after loosely installing the t-nuts to the screws then slide the fence using this middle track onto these tee nights place the registration pins in the two holes provided line up this which is now the right hand side of the base hold the fence tight to the registration pin and tighten the screws okay the next step is to attach to top plate screws in these two front holes these screws come in a bag with two star knobs so it's pretty easy to identify all we're going to do is we're going to insert these from the bottom up through these holes and then we're going to drop on these two sort of gold colored washers and two star locking nuts these have star lock washers attached to the nuts just finger tighten those down and we can go ahead and tighten those up the rest of the way alright the next step is to attach the four spacer tubes and this is an easy to identify package of parts because the red spacer tubes are inside what we got are two and a half inch long screws and these will be placed in the four outer corners of the base plate so just put the screw through spacer tube on top and then using one of these oval nuts just loosely thread that on don't tighten it down all the way yet and we'll just do that in all four corners then I got an extra that's special and there we go all right you'll recall when we attach the two top plate screws there were some other parts in the bag two star knobs and some washers and those are the parts we're going to use now to attach the top plate this is the top plate and if you look and try to lower this over it will only go on correctly one direction and you want it to go over and go over each of these four items here so once you have that in place drop on two nylon washers drop on two steel steel washers and thread on the star knobs and we're all set to go with that step all right step five is to install the two top track pieces you'll notice there's one groove in the middle on the bottom side just slide that over these spacers line it up with the back edge of the base and tighten the screws now inexplicably while every other screw is a Phillips head this particular screw is a flathead so be sure to have a flathead screwdriver handy we'll put the other one on line it up with the backside alright the next step is to install the clamp beam and we have another bag here with two round handles and two hex head bolts and all we want to do is take these hex head bolts and slide them into the outside track slip the clamp beam over the top and tighten down these knobs for right now we'll just kind of position this right here the last assembly step is to install this clear plastic guide and remember now the orientation this is the fence so this is the rear of the sled this is the right-hand side the side that will go against the router fence and we have another plastic bag with two star knobs and there are also two plastic washers and two nuts in this bag so we want to take one of these bolts and install it in the outside track here and one over here and then we can position our guide put on a plastic washer and add a star knob and that completes the basic assembly of the woodpecker's coping sled the secret to making good ingrained joinery cuts whether they be cope cuts half lap joints Tenon's or others is to keep the workpiece absolutely perpendicular to the router bit and fence and flat to the work surface throughout the cut now woodpeckers uses some interesting engineering to accomplish this first of all the base is made of phenolic a very stable tough material then this phenolic slotted top plate is positioned to hold the workpiece at the front against the fence this eliminates any tendency of the workpiece to rotate when it comes in contact with the spinning router bit these two top clamps hold the workpiece down flat against the base to prevent the workpiece from lifting up these two top clamps can be positioned so that these two clamps are in the middle of your workpiece the sled will accommodate material up to five and a half inches wide and up to an inch and a half thick this clear plastic guide is really the secret this provides an extra margin of safety of course but even more importantly this is what rides against the router table fence this eliminates the need for a landing or even having a miter slot in your router tabletop the clear plastic guide rides along the router table fence providing perfect alignment so let's go see how all this works at the router table setting up to use the woodpecker's coping sled is really easy now just like with any other setup you want to make sure that the front edge of the bearing on the bit is perfectly aligned with the front face of your router table fence now I've already made that adjustment and that it's all set and good to go then you want to get a piece of squarely cut stock that's got parallel sides on it and make sure that stock is thick enough that it just clears the spinning cutting bit put that down against your fence and slide the coping sled base up to that piece of wood then slide this clear plastic guide over to your router table fence and tighten these two star knobs and in use what will happen is this clear guide will ride against your router table fence and that's what guides the cut now one thing to note here the top of this clear guide is just a smidge less than three inches from the surface of your router table so you're going to want to make sure that your fence is at least three inches high to make this setup work now the next step in setting up is to set the front plate now in my case I'm using a piece of scrap to stop blowout I've got my workpiece I've got the face labeled so of course face down slide those two pieces of wood in back against the rear fence and then just push this plate up and tighten these two star knobs and that holds your workpiece to keep it from turning or angling as it hits the router bit these two knobs are used for pushing this lid but they also allow you to adjust the top clamps so that they're centered over the workpiece so get those positioned and then just clamp down the top two clamps your workpiece is held firmly in position and we're ready to make our cut turn on dust collector turn on the router and we're ready to go you and just like that there's our coke cut beautiful so I might as well do the other one while I'm here one thing I'm always concerned about with any coping sled is coping short rails and they can be a bugger to do on most units so I was anxious to see how this worked particularly because only one of these top clamps will be holding this workpiece down so let's just see how it works beautiful no problem at all if you're using your router table perhaps to cut Tenon's and you need your coping sled to be a little further out away from the fence there is a wider version of this plastic fence guide that's available as an accessory from woodpeckers so that you can move further out so there we have it the woodpeckers coping sled easy to assemble accurate ruggedly built and probably better than anything I could build myself you can order yours today from highland woodworking thanks for watching

Woodpeckers Coping Sled Product tour

24 thoughts on “Woodpeckers Coping Sled Product tour

  • June 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    I ordered one as I was unable to find one local. Woodpeckers way over engineered it for what its purpose is driving up the price too high to add quicker toggle clamps which would have been a great improvement. In its current design it’s slow changing rails over with those top screw clamps.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    Just don't know. Don't get me wrong woodpeckers make some very very very nice equipment but this just seems like there's way too many mechanical items holding this thing together to stay square over the years. And I think I'd much rather have an aluminum base

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  • June 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    It sounds like the video is playing to slow. Speed it up a notch an reupload.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    Well, it's official: I now want you to demonstrate the assembly of virtually anything I ever buy from now on.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    what router motor are you using how many hp

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  • June 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    Reverend Lovejoy does woodwork demo’s?

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  • June 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    Thanks! You fast talkin' grandpa

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  • June 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    enjoyed your review. do you have plans on your router table

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  • June 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    for $187? no thanks I will make one that I can throw away when no longer needed..probably for $15 just as good

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  • June 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    So.. I'm just curious.. Who copied who? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pL9BwbUtfbQ

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  • June 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    if you can't build a decent coping sled perhaps you should not try building 44 coped and stick doors

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  • June 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    + 1.5 speed

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  • June 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    I'm new to routing, will this work with any brand table? I was looking at the Bosch plunge router and would like to get their table because they have a latch style quick detach system to make easy swaps back and forth to the plunge frame

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  • June 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    @ WoodPeckers Design Engineers – for the short wood issue (coming frm a Mech. Engineer fyi…not that it matters too much, but….) Might I suggest a design modification to the first clamp … elongate it to help add to the traction and to take more of the moment, and PERHAPS beef it up a bit…OR less desirably one might make the clamp ride in a slot….and to make it easier IMHO…use a CAM mechanism….as the clamp…its likely much cheaper (and simpler to install as there are less parts, then the current knop and threaded thingy with a plastic?? boot). Hope that helps. Also you guys should have a group of Engineer's that specifically looks for necessary improvements like that. It would pay back huge dividends in the long run. I have seen companies run with and without it and there is absolutely no comparison.

    Hope that helps and hope it gets to the right people given I don't think you have a design suggestion program.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    lol flathead screwdriver! what's that? its called standard or slotted , i figured you knew that since you're a supposed pro!

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  • June 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    I still can't find a jig like this that allows me to also flip the piece vertically as well. (ie, for the second operation of a Lock Miter) I have to have two different sleds.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    $140 for that is stupid.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    Whats site in the internet ? dont have wanted!

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  • June 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    You should talk less and show more, not all who see your videos speak English, ami me just bored

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  • June 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    It's pretty good. Just wish they'd have at least would have drilled mounting holes on the base plate to attach a miter slider, even though this sled is meant to slide against the fence. I've found several times where I could've used the jig with a miter slider but instead have had to come up with alternative methods. For the cost, 140$, it doesn't seem like it would matter that much to drill a couple more holes in the plate. Woodpeckers make great stuff, including this jig, they just overlooked the obvious… even jigs for 1/4 the price have the ability to be used in a miter track.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    ola, como puedo hacer para poder comprar en Perú, si es que tienen un distribuidor u otro medio de compra. gracias

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  • June 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    Thanks Steve, very informative as usual

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  • June 20, 2019 at 12:48 pm
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    reading the directions first? Sounds so unmanly to me!

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