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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
Discountable Yes
Type Rail Coping
4.7 / 5.0
286 Reviews
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Style Sled
It is almost a must when cutting styles
February 20, 2020
Purchased
4 weeks ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Worked great.
Worked great! I don't know why you would send the time to make your own jig.
February 20, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
Great coping sled
How simple this is it makes a job much more precise and saferAnd so easy to use
February 18, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
It’s Rockler, what can I say Always quality stuff
Getting ready to use the jig
Assembly was easy hope the use is just as easy
February 15, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Great jig
Easy to assemble does a great job holding the wood no slipping. Does not hold parts under 3 inches
February 10, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Great and great price
Exactly what I was looking for. Works great. Price is very reasonable. Would highly recommend getting one.
February 8, 2020
Purchased
1 month ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Simple to use and accurate
Works better than I expected. Have used several of these jigs and like this one the best.
February 2, 2020
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Well made for safety and accuracy!
Get more accuracy and repeatability by using stops and hold downs. It also makes your work safer.
January 14, 2020
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
Must have coping sled.
Excellent product. I used this sled extensively to build 25+ cabinet doors. A joy to use and precise results.
January 9, 2020
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
works great
high quality product easy to set up works great for holding end grain pieces
December 21, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
I was anticipating making one of these. Perhaps this will suffice.
Glen C on Feb 20, 2020
Positive reviews, youtube video showing how it's used. Liked the safety of the handles, clamp, and plex shield.
Gordon K on Feb 18, 2020
I was anticipating making one of these. Perhaps this will suffice.
Glen C on Feb 20, 2020
Help make more accurate joints
Paul L on Feb 18, 2020
Positive reviews, youtube video showing how it's used. Liked the safety of the handles, clamp, and plex shield.
Gordon K on Feb 18, 2020
Saw it on sale and seemed safer than my previous jig.
Matt W on Feb 17, 2020
It's on sale and I'm making cabinet doors
Larry G on Feb 17, 2020
I am tooling up for a grandfather clock which will have rail and stiles. I needed a reliable jig for coping. I was going to make the jig but the cost of buying the parts was just not worth it when Rockler has a 20% off sale for their coping jig. I reviewed many utube videos about this jig and all were positive.. Ben
Benjamin R on Feb 17, 2020
remodeling kitchen needed jig to help make cabinet doors. You have good dependable products I can trust
Sam V on Feb 14, 2020
Doing some of my own trim work and have a number of small pieces that need to be routed. This will make it a lot easier to do without having tear out from wood splintering.
Jeff on Feb 13, 2020
A great item to have in my wood shop
Linda C on Feb 11, 2020
great price good reviews
Gregory H on Feb 10, 2020
need to update my current coping sled
Frank R on Feb 9, 2020
I needed it to rout small pieces and something that acts as a miter gauge.
Frank M on Feb 6, 2020
Appears to be useful with new router table. Video was helpful. Looks to be well made, thoughtfully constructed. Being on sale tipped the scale to buy.
Wayne P on Feb 4, 2020
Rockler makes some of the best wood working tools
darrick m on Feb 3, 2020
I make a lot of cabinet doors and have worn out my older jig.
Don M on Feb 2, 2020
Replacing old one
Ron M on Feb 1, 2020
safety
allen d on Feb 1, 2020
I felt this would come in handy for projects that I work on.
Shawn B on Jan 31, 2020
to keep my hand safe
Arden D on Jan 30, 2020
Needed for upcoming project
Darrell H on Jan 29, 2020
For the ability to make precision cuts safely
Kristy L on Jan 28, 2020
Reviews/Safety
Joseph R on Jan 27, 2020
Good product and good sale price at $20 off.
CWS on Jan 27, 2020
NICE FOR DOING COPES
JAMES G on Jan 27, 2020
for making cabinet doors on router table
Mike on Jan 26, 2020
Good reviews and it fit my needs.
Anthony M on Jan 26, 2020
I like any jig that helps me work safer. This seems like a great jig that would make working on the router table much safer for me and my son!
Jeffrey D on Jan 25, 2020
To keep the most dangerous tool in my shop, the shaper, from hurting me.
James K on Jan 25, 2020
usefulness and safety
Robert B on Jan 24, 2020
To make more professional looking doors <br />.
Philip T on Jan 24, 2020
Making lots of panel doors and draw fronts
Greg on Jan 22, 2020
Expanding the capabilities of my router table.
Larry G on Jan 22, 2020
reviews were good.
John W on Jan 21, 2020
You tube video
Matt Z on Jan 18, 2020
To make stiles and railes
Rickey C on Jan 17, 2020
to build cabinet doors
Robert K on Jan 14, 2020
Value for the price
James W on Jan 14, 2020
youtube video from Rockler on frame/panel construction. I have the bits, but couldn't get a clean cut on the ends. This is just the answer.
Michael D on Jan 12, 2020
price and quality
Bill p on Jan 11, 2020
Needed to complete cabinet doors
JAMES J on Jan 10, 2020
Awsome design easier to purchase than build...time vs money
Heather L on Jan 9, 2020
Safety
Kevin K on Jan 8, 2020
I like using my router table and this will help with some projects.
Hans H on Jan 8, 2020
Looking for the sliding table to build cabinet doors
Richard W on Jan 6, 2020
mine wore out.... need a replacement appears to be an improved design
Allen F on Jan 6, 2020
Safety
Don V on Jan 5, 2020
Saw and interested. Local store was out of them last few times I visited.
N2ozi on Jan 4, 2020
This appears safer than using my current method.
Frank W on Jan 3, 2020
Good reviews for this item, and Rockler's overall reputation for excellent products.
Roger P on Jan 3, 2020
Just starting my adventure into cabinet making and wanted to start with making solid and true joinery <br />. So I am giving this a try. Also easier to buy than to make at this price.
Carlton H on Jan 3, 2020
Help make more accurate joints
Paul L on Feb 18, 2020
Saw it on sale and seemed safer than my previous jig.
Matt W on Feb 17, 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
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.
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
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.
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 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".
Steve S on Feb 25, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If you take the clear plexiglas top off you could put taller stock into it. I can’t see an easy way to mount wider stock.
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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