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Rockler Rail Coping Sled

Smooth-running sled ensures perfectly square coped rail ends with virtually zero tear-out.

Item #
52149
Rating:
94% of 100

If you're building cope-and-stick doors and drawer fronts, our new Rail Coping Sled will be an indispensable helpmate. With its smooth-sliding phenolic base, and sturdy toggle clamp holding your stock firmly against the fence, your rails will travel unwaveringly past the cutter for the cleanest, squarest cuts you can imagine. Particularly with drawer fronts, which sometimes use very narrow rails, the sled prevents parts from dipping in too deep and keeps your hands safely out of harm's way. A sacrificial block can be attached to the fence to prevent endgrain blowout, while an abrasive strip prevents the workpiece from wandering. Unlike many jigs that use the miter slot, our sled uses only the fence as a reference, so there is no need to waste time aligning the miter slot parallel with the fence. In addition, the coping sled has been redesigned so that the reference edge is a separate clear guide rail elevated 2'' above the table, meaning there is no risk of cutting into the sled.


Features:
  • New, taller round handles allow a firm, comfortable grip from any angle of approach
  • Smooth-sliding 3/8'' thick phenolic base stays rigid and flat when toggle clamp pressure is applied
  • Toggle clamp features easy, tool-free adjustments and one-handed operation
  • Clear, elevated guide runs against fence, offering a large, smooth-running reference edge without having to cut into the sled
  • Clear guide runs 2'' above the table, so it works with most router table fences on the market (all Rockler and Bench Dog fences)
  • Sacrificial block is easily replaceable to accommodate different profiles
  • Maximum workpiece dimension is 5'' wide x 1-1/4'' thick
(1) Sled Base
(1) Fixed Fence
(1) Adjustable Fence
(1) Lever Clamp
(1) Sacrificial Piece
(1) Front Handle
(1) Rear Handle
(2) 1'' Round Knob
(1) 4-Star Knob
(2) Large Washer
(4) Small Washer
(2) Spacer
(1) 5/16''-18 TPI x 1'' T-Slot Bolt
(1) 5/16''-18 TPI x 1-1 ⁄2'' T-Slot Bolt
(3) 5/16''-18 TPI x 2-1 ⁄2'' T-Slot Bolt
(4) Cap Nut
(4) 1-3 ⁄4'' Mounting Screws
(2) #8 x 1-3 ⁄4'' Wood Screws
(1) Abrasive Strip
(1) Manual
More Information
Brand Rockler
Weight 4.8500
Type Rail Coping
4.7 / 5.0
329 Reviews
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Great product
I loved my old Rockler sled, with the updates, this new one is even better
June 3, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Best of the best
A must have for accurate rail and stiles
Thumbs up!
June 3, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Worked better than expected.
June 3, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
A must have!
I am new to wood working. I wanted to build some smaller items for my home and a cabinet I'm making I wanted to make shaker style doors for. I wanted good looking results and no pocket holes on the doors. This sled made it so easy and safe to produce great results! Easy to assemble and use, this sled is really nice in quality as well. I would highly recommend it!
This was my first time using a router. The sled made it so simple and safe. Great quality!
First time ever using a router. Great results for zero experience!
June 1, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Beginner
Good shop addition
Works great. Holds the wood perfectly.
May 29, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Rail Coping Sled
The sled worked great. Did not have any problems coping the rails and stiles. The fit was perfect.
May 27, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Best jig I have purchased so far
I can't say enough about this sled. For days I struggled with miter gauges, clamps, home made jigs. I always had the same problems. The piece was not held down to the table and the piece would slip going thru the bit. This sled eliminated all of those issues. I can literally set up for a cut in 30 seconds or less
May 26, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great Coping Sled
Easy to assemble and works great. Making 20 raised panel doors and this sled worked great.
May 25, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Works well. A great improvement over old coping sled whete base rode against fence.
May 23, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Works as advertised. Provides great control, safety and easy to use.
May 22, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
need it to make rails
john k on Jun 5, 2020
My wife made me get it
Amy S on May 30, 2020
need it to make rails
john k on Jun 5, 2020
want accuracy and control for cutting frame and panel rails. This jig should help with that.
Daniel O on Jun 1, 2020
My wife made me get it
Amy S on May 30, 2020
Safety
Rick B on May 27, 2020
I needed one
Dave on May 21, 2020
the build looks good and the reviews seemed good
Jim D on May 18, 2020
Needed something for routing short edge pieces.
gerald w on May 7, 2020
Recommended in customer ratings
Steve A on May 6, 2020
Additional safety tool for router table.
Stephen J on May 5, 2020
Essential for making drawers, boxes, etc.
Michael F on Apr 30, 2020
Planning to do some shaker cabinet doors
C. M. L on Apr 29, 2020
Convenience
Angelo M on Apr 29, 2020
Price & reviews.
Jim S on Apr 29, 2020
Makes it much easier than making a sled for that particular piece of work. I usually make sleds for everything else, but buying the pieces I would need would cost more.
Therese M on Apr 28, 2020
Precision and safety
Jim M on Apr 28, 2020
to be a little safer when making rails.
Mike H on Apr 27, 2020
Looks like it would be handy and definitely safer.
Charles F on Apr 26, 2020
making mortise and tenons on my router table
Barry G on Apr 26, 2020
I am making cabinet doors and need a coping jig.
Don S on Apr 22, 2020
I will be making raised panel shutters for my house. There will be a total of 21 pairs of shutters.
Kelly P on Apr 21, 2020
to make cabinet doors for my motorhome.
Lawrence D on Apr 21, 2020
Something I needed; decent price; good reviews
Tim S on Apr 21, 2020
I am going to do wood projects
bruce l on Apr 20, 2020
I have a bunch of doors to build and wanted to try this sled
Ed on Apr 20, 2020
Other woodworker comments. Looks like a good/solid product to help with door making.
Mark M on Apr 18, 2020
I like this setup for the router table to help make smaller frames.
John G on Apr 18, 2020
secure and well made to address the task
Mike W on Apr 18, 2020
Need this for cope and stile cuts and other end cuts.
Jarrod C on Apr 18, 2020
Working on kitchen cabinets
Danny G on Apr 17, 2020
Wanting to make shaker doors on my router table.
Jason P on Apr 17, 2020
Good value
Francis D on Apr 17, 2020
I have had great luck with Rockler things and it is just what I need
William W on Apr 17, 2020
Saw the product in use on Woodworker video. Researched comparable products. Rocker seemed to be best value.
Karl H on Apr 17, 2020
Looked like a good product at a reasonable price
Karl B on Apr 16, 2020
needed for a project to build some cabinet doors. this will help save time and wood by doing the job right the first time.
Jared C on Apr 15, 2020
Expanding my necessary tools for my woodworking hobby
Erik L on Apr 15, 2020
Need for project
Todd W on Apr 14, 2020
youtube reviews - can't find one anywhere from any hardware store!
Gregory H on Apr 13, 2020
Can hang on as well as I would like using my router on hardwood.
Richard R on Apr 12, 2020
good reviews and value
Hugh S on Apr 12, 2020
To make my job easier and safer.
Tim T on Apr 12, 2020
I have a project coming up with raised panel doors. I wanted to build these safety and efficiently. This will do the trick.
SCOTT P on Apr 12, 2020
saw it used in Utube video on rail and style cutters
David K on Apr 12, 2020
Good reviews and youtube videos.
Ric on Apr 12, 2020
Need to make cabinet doors.
L B on Apr 10, 2020
thought it would be nice to keep my fingers a while longer
William C on Apr 10, 2020
I do several cabinet doors at a time and this appears to be a much quicker and a more accurate way to keep rail ends square, hopefully speeding up the process and getting more doors done faster. "Time is money", as they say!
Dwight on Apr 10, 2020
SAW IT BEING USED ON U-TUBE
Terry P on Apr 9, 2020
price
James B on Apr 7, 2020
Seems like a nice way to keep the process safe.
Dale H on Apr 6, 2020
want accuracy and control for cutting frame and panel rails. This jig should help with that.
Daniel O on Jun 1, 2020
Safety
Rick B on May 27, 2020
I have the original version which I have not used yet. Do anyone with the original sled original have a solution for this problem, so that the sled can be used for more than one rail setup?
Dave B on Feb 25, 2016
What is the exact distance from the center of the guide bar under the sled to the right edge of the sled base?
Gene on Jun 16, 2015
BEST ANSWER: There is no guide bar under the sled. The sled rides against the fence, thus making it usable with any router table with a fence.
Will this work on a kreg table ?
A shopper on May 1, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I have benchtop Kreg table. It works but it seems to work with any table because it does not have anything on the bottom to be put into table track. The bottom is simply flat. You should keep it moving along the fence by hands while routing. Acutally I would prefer to have a sliding bar or something else on the bottom of the sled to put it into table track and to make sure it is not "pushed" away from fence by router bit. I did not pay attention to that when placed order. Figured it out only when received the sled. Anyway it is a nice help in workshop but not ideal because of the mentioned above.
what are the physical dimensions of this sled?
A shopper on Apr 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The base is 12 1/2" long by 7 3/4 wide. The clear guide that runs along the router fence extends another inch passed the base and is 16 inches long at its widest point.
Is the clear guide that was added in the redesign available to purchase so the original design canbe retrofitted?
Ed R on Jan 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Buy a piece of plexi or acrylic and make one.
will this work with a bosch ra 1181 router table?
Jeff L on Mar 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Jeff I purchased this item about 2 years ago. I have the same router table and it works great.
I have no regrets with my purchase. :)
Does this Rail Coping Sled need to be mounted on a T-track to work properly, or can it be used on a Bosch Router Table without a T-track?
Billy on Dec 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The Rail Coping Sled does not need to be mounted on a T-track. I use this tool all the time on a standard router table without T-track and it works great.
Will this work on a Kreg router table?
Jim D on Jun 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I'm not familiar with the Kreg table I use it with the Rockler router table so I'm sure it will work with any one with a fence
How is this sled kept perpendicular to the router fence? Does it use T-slot or?
Don C on Jan 14, 2020
BEST ANSWER: The clear acrylic safety guard acts as the guide against the router fence and maintains perpendicularity while routing. The sled does not ride in the T-slot. As part of assembly and calibration of the sled, the guard is adjusted to be perpendicular to the sled body. It takes a bit of fussing to get it perfectly set at 90 degrees, but once set and the guard knobs tightened, the sled stays accurate. While routing, it is critical that even pressure be maintained on the sled handles toward the fence to keep the guard fully in contact with the fence throughout the entire routing pass.
On the Rockler Rail Coping Sled the sacrifial piece, I assume you need one for each type of bit you use? Instructions aren't clear at all on this point. Thanks
Jack H on Oct 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for pointing this out. Being a newbie to sleds, I probably would have figured this out when my second set-up kept having tear outs.
What is the widest rail that it will cope?
Len C on Feb 26, 2020
BEST ANSWER: It will cut up to 6" wide if you take the sacrificial board off, so you could cut a 5.5" wide pc with a 1/2' wide sacrificial board in place.
Will this sled work on the Ryobi universal router table which is more narrow than the ones Rockler sells?
Jennifer B on Feb 14, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I am not specifically familiar with the Ryobi router table, but the rail coping sled is stable (strong bottom plate) and has two well placed hand holds, so if you have to move off the table a bit you will experience no flexing of the sled and still have good control over your work.
Can you use this on a table saw ?
Veronica on Oct 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I suppose you could, but I can't see why you would want to, I would also say that is not a safe thing to try. It is an excellent tool for it's intended purpose.
When doing rail ends can you use the sacrifial piece over and over if using same bit?
John M on Feb 15, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You can use the same rail with the same bit and it serves as template for bit/fence set up.
Is this sled compatible with my jet 3 hp shaper?
Willy3 on Apr 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I'm not sure, as long as you have a good fence to go against it works great
Is the fixed fence removable as to add a second toggle clamp to hold the sacrificial block?
Ed in NJ on Jan 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No need to do that - and I think that would undermine a lot of the designed in functionality.

There are 2 horizontal holes through the fixed fence that allows you to put screws into the side of the sacrificial block to hold it in place.
Can the threaded clamp head be removed and replaced with a smaller diameter head for use on smaller than 2 inch stock as was mentioned in previous post? My ongoing project uses 3/4 or 1 inch wide stock and the larger head would not clear the holding bar
Gilly on Feb 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would think so. I've had the same problem and that's a good idea. You can always put a piece of stock the same thickness behind it to accomplish the same thing. That also can prevent blowout
What is the assembled height?
Clement H on Apr 28, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Once assembled, the fence guide is ~2inches high from the bottom of the base. The knobs and handle can go up to ~4inches.
Will this sled work with the Rockler trim router table?
Stephen L on Nov 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I dont see why not so long the fence is high enough so that your guide will ride along the fence
Hi, will it fit my Kreg routing table?
ROGER A on Mar 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: It doesn’t utilize the t slot so it will work on any table.
Can this be modified to work with slightly thicker stock (1.5")? How about slightly wider stock (5.5")? The specs say max thickness is 1.25" and max width is 5".
Steven Stark on Feb 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I modified the sled by putting washers under the fence and adding a piece of 1 x 4 under the clamp to give the clearance I needed to work with 1-1/2" parts for window sashes I made. It worked great after this modification. I don't have any suggestions for the width problem, but this worked for the height.
The instructions don't mention the abrasive strip. The exploded view seems to indicate it goes between the adjustable fence and the work piece, presumably with the abrasive side towards the work piece. Am I correct? I'm new to this kind of product, so I don't take anything for granted.
John P on Dec 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes you are correct. The abrasive strip goes on the inside edge of the adjustable fence that is used to hold the wood you are routing against the sacrificial piece. And it should be on the inside edge so it provides tension to the wood you are holding in place.
Regarding " the reference edge is a separate clear guide rail elevated 2'' above the table"...is this the TOP or the BOTTOM of the guide rail that is 2" above the table? How thick is the reference edge? Trying to gage if this is compatible with my current router fence, or if I'll need to make a new face for it to use with this jig.
Jeff R on Mar 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The top of the clear guide rail is about 2 1/8 inches above the table. I think you would need a router fence that's at least 2 1/4 inches high.
What is the best way to square the fence on the Rockler table so that it is parallel with travel direction of the sled?
Chris C on Dec 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: The machine doesn't depend on a straight cut like a table side with a blade that travels in a fixed direction. It' been my experience that square doesn't matter, only the distance that the work is held in relationship to the bit. It could be at any angle and do the same job equally as perfect whether the fence was square or not. Do you have an application that doesn't work this way?
Can you make it the other direction?
Suave on Jan 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Not clear why you would want to. You always rout from right to left on a router table.
What is the distance from the edge of the guide fence to the edge of the sled?
Stephen L on Nov 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Per the instructions, you set the guide so the base is 3/4" from the fence. I just put a section of 3/4" stock between the sled and fence and tightened the guide knobs.
Does anyone have a dimension from the bottom of the sled to the top of the clear piece that rides against the router table fence?
Nicki T on Feb 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The answer to this question is 2 -1/16 inches
Can the height of the "clear guide" by adjusted up or down, (with washers, perhaps?) in case it comes up against a fence's T-track?
Maxwell H on Feb 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: It can be however you would need to change the special t head bolt and use washers to raise the plastic fence. To lower it you would have to change the spacer size. I have used this many times and it’s performance has been successful.
what is easiest way for setting up router bit allowing for 3/8" sled base?
Keith T on Mar 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Ricklers routerbit set automatically set at 3/8 so it is a no brainer. Be sure to take all measurements off the top of the sled base
Will this sled work with my Bench Dog Router Cabinet?
Richard S on Oct 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes it's universal as long as you have a fence on the router table. It is guide by the the fence.
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