Jigs... #1: Log Sled for Bandsaw

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Blog entry by Hoakie posted 02-10-2010 06:24 AM 17280 reads 38 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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One of the reasons I got my Rikon 14” Deluxe was to mill small logs into lumber and bowl blanks. In order to do this safely it is important to keep the log steady while pusing it past the blade. Here is my version of a log sled that I built for it

1) The base is 3/4” BB Ply. On the top I have placed two Incra tracks to help adjust the depth of cut.

2) I have added a runner to the bottom to ride in the miter slot on the BS. (it also fits in the slot in my router table which is nice because it sits flat while I adust the depth of cut.

3) In order to keep the log still I added a 10” tall fence that rides in the Incra tracks. The vertical slots give me a place to drive screws into the log to keep it steady.

and from the rear

4) Attaching the log

5) First pass through

6) Logs can be heavy so I use outfeed support

7) Setting up the next cuts couldn’t be easier. Set one side with combination square. (I have cut ~5/8” slabs so final milling will take it to 3/8” to 1/2”)

Set the other side and go!

8) The log is now lumber. As not to waste the rest of the log, I cut stacking stickers out of the remaining section

The first 3 sections of log I have used this on have gone without a hitch. My source of free wood has grown exponentially! The only thing I will rig up now is some table support to make sure the weight of the log doesn’t flex or damage the table/trunion.

Thanks for looking

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#2 posted 02-10-2010 08:15 AM

That is awesome. One day, when I get a ban saw, I will build one too. I love it. I also like it that you cut the stickers out of the extra…very efficient. :-)

-- Brian Meeks,

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#3 posted 02-10-2010 11:07 AM


-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#4 posted 02-10-2010 01:49 PM

John, this is a pretty neat looking sled. I have built a similar one and found that I needed support for the sled on both the infeed and outfeed sides. I used roller stands. Not the best I know but it was what I could throw together quickly.

Now, do you have a place to store all this “free” wood? :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 02-10-2010 07:26 PM

Thank you again for another great post. I will definitely be building one of these this spring because I have a lot of hackberry logs waiting for me. You have provided some insight that I would not have had without reading this post.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 02-10-2010 07:35 PM

Great Pictures, Cool sled.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#7 posted 06-28-2010 07:21 PM

I just bought an 18” bandsaw for resawing and ‘logging’. A search brought me to your design which I like a lot and plan to copy. I just wanted to thank you for posting this and saving me a lot of time and work to design my own and then having to go through the trial and error process. It looks like it really does the business well and doesn’t require clamps and other heavy hardware parts. When it’s done and tested I’ll probably post it as a project, brag about it and give you the credit. Thanks again.

I just looked into your home site and workshop and saw you have a Rikon BS. I bought a Woodfast which is almost identical and made by the same (Chinese) company. I’m having it delivered tomorrow, so I’m on cloud 9 right now just thinking about it and how much more it can do than my good, reliable old 12” Delta BS.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 06-29-2010 01:17 AM

Stefang….I’m glad you like it. However, I can not take full credit for the design. I spent many hours snooping around here and other sites to come up with something I thought was useful. I hope all goes well for you and your new saw, they truly are one of the most useful tools in the shop!

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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