Shop Notes #15: Dancing because I made a JIG! Re sawing set up for my band saw

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Blog entry by DocSavage45 posted 04-06-2015 02:41 AM 3808 reads 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Dancing because I made a JIG!
I want to give credit to Randy/a.k.a. “Blackie,” Gary Fixler from whom Randy developed his band saw jig, and Gordon Rock who provided a YouTube video showing how to make a band saw jig

I adapted what I saw, especially from Randy’s blog, which included his outfeed tables and supports for the jig itself.
Randy used furniture grade plywood to make his jig. I used material acquired over many years looking for purpose in my shop. I had fir plywood three-quarter inch that did not get used for what it was intended, my shop floor.

Picture one.
The base for the sliding mount. I cut a T track and half and inserted it into routed slots that I made with my plunge router.

Picture two
The sliding mount is made from tempered hardboard, which was scavenged from the garage door that on my old barn. The triangle supports were adapted From Gordon Rock. All components were glued and screwed.

Picture three
The assembled jig which received one coat of Seal Coat and two coats of waterborne polyurethane.

Picture four.
Outfeed table and support legs with routed three-quarter inch slot to facilitate the guide rail on the bottom of the jig.

Picture five.
Giving all assembled pieces a coat of seal coat and waterborne poly.

Picture six.
The jig sealant finished and given a coat of paint, ready to go.

Picture seven and eight.
Assembled support table, outfeed table, and jig ready for test run.

Picture nine
re-sawing test of 8 inch Walnut about 32 inches.

Picture 10 and 11.
re-sawing a 12” x 34” spalted Maple log ,that had been sitting, waiting in my yard for several years.
What is exciting about this is seeing what comes out of these small logs that I’ve acquired.

I’ve learned many things by watching YouTube, learning from fellow lumberjock’s, and making mistakes while building this project. Special thanks to the education I received from my fellow lumberjock’s particularly AHUXLEY and BLACKIE/Randy about bandsaw blades and their use on a 14 inch bandsaw with the riser.

Your comments are welcome as well is your humor and I appreciate you looking at my next evolutionary step in woodworking.

Tom Tieffenbacher/a.k.a. Doc Savage 45

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#1 posted 04-06-2015 03:03 AM

Looks great Tom ,plus it works so well too.


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#2 posted 04-06-2015 03:08 AM

Thanks Jim!

Now I hope to get all those darn logs milled or gone.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 04-06-2015 04:10 AM

Looks good Tom…! building a useful jig is every bit as much fun as building any project.
Those spalted maple boards you released are gonna make one mighty fine project…whatever it might be.
Have Fun…!

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#4 posted 04-06-2015 04:27 AM


Thanks for checking in!

Getting some 5/8ths blades for re sawing as the wood was moist? Going to build a veneering jig that charles Neil demonstrates,

And a spline jig for box building.

Not sure how spalted would look sculpted?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 04-06-2015 09:41 AM

Tom, all of your pictures get my stamp of approval :) thanks for the tip of the hat, goes to show that I too have learned a great meany things from YouTube and fellow members here on LJ’s.

Another suggestion would be to paste wax your table top, miter slot and the bottom of both halves of the two part sled so that everything slides smooth.

Now comes the hard part, where to get the logs to cut from and you have to be careful as some of those logs can be very heavy, the max given length log I will cut on my sled is 24” most are smaller then that though.

I’ve also found that what works best for me is slicing the logs into 1 1/8” – 1 1/2” slices saves me time then off to the air dry they go, when it’s time to make boxes from them I re- slice them then to the thickness I need using my carter stabilizer still attached to the saw with a 3 or sometimes 10 tpi 1/4” blade.

When cutting logs into slices I’m using the guides with an 1/2” 3 tpi blade removing the carter stabilizer.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#6 posted 04-06-2015 12:37 PM

I seem to remember a certain person commenting on another post about photos being the right way up ha now I’ll have to get the crick out of my neck :) Nice job Tom I’m glad it worked out after all your planning!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#7 posted 04-06-2015 02:47 PM

If you have ANY blade questions (green vs dry woods, very hard vs soft) give Timberwolf a call. They have been a good resource for me in selecting the right blade for the job.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 04-06-2015 02:48 PM

Great band saw jig, Tom. I’m keeping it in mind since I should be very handy and flawless to use (favorited). Thanks for posting.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#9 posted 04-06-2015 04:18 PM

alright…big congrats on this jig, this will let you mill some beautiful wood, i love that spalted maple…now lets see what you will do with it…do you have any plans yet for the maple….good job on the jig, will like to see some walnut done with it….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 04-06-2015 04:34 PM


Thanks for all you help through examples and advice. Still tweeking my support and outfeed tables. After the first test cut. I put graded half inch markings on the jig base.

I will be using my chain saw mill for milling larger logs. Thought about dimensions for primary cuts. Thanks for additional suggestions.

learning as I go. My lower back is yelling at me today! LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 04-06-2015 04:39 PM


Thanks! Handy yes. Flawless???? LOL! I built it, and Murphy helped all he could. :<)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 04-06-2015 04:42 PM


Thanks! Big step forward for me. My first practice cutting was with the fresh walnut. The laying down picture, which I righted in my Picasa softwar, but apparently didn’t take is a walnut piece. I cut some ceder, walnut and the maple for tests.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 04-06-2015 04:48 PM


Thanks for the suggestion. I’m going to try the AHUXLEY suggestions due to the supplier being local (Saint Cloud, MN) and his comprehensive reply to my Forum Topic was quite an education on blades. Another reason, blades are less expensive, and “I ain’t got no money.” The blades maker is the same one I use in my sawsall.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 04-06-2015 04:52 PM


Me too! I righted all pictures before I saved them in Picasa. They get saved to the c drive under pictures. tried twice to correct it but it got late. Thanks!

Still got my chainsaw mill to challenge the woosie in me.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 04-06-2015 06:29 PM

Tom, it looks like your jig works really well. Those are some nice pieces of spalted maple

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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