Works for me #5: Adjustable Bandsaw Sled

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Blog entry by Dave Owen posted 03-07-2010 10:12 PM 5347 reads 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This adjustable bandsaw sled works on the same principle as a taper sled for a table saw. I initially designed it for quick and accurate repetitive cuts on the toy racer shown below, but it works great for any kind of angled cuts on the bandsaw. I believe it will also work well for shorter tapered legs, although I haven’t tried it for that yet.

The body of the sled is 3/4” MDF, and the fence and stop are made from scraps of Phenolic-faced plywood. The anchor bolt for the adjustable stop fastens into a barrel bolt in the fence. Tracks are standard Tee tracks, and the miter slot runner is high molecular weight polyethylene. I use the two holes in the body of the sled to hang it on the base of my bandsaw.

The woodworking clubs I belong to encourage members to make and contribute toys for disadvantaged children each Christmas. Combined, each year the two clubs usually give between 500 and 1,000 toys of all descriptions year to various agencies for distribution. My contribution is usually a number of racers I designed several years ago. The two-color body shown resulted from using pre-glued, scrap cutoffs from a water ski company. I drill a shallow hole on each side in which I glue numbers printed from my computer and cut out with a 1” scrap-booking paper punch. The slight depression helps keep busy little fingers from peeling off the numbers. Often, when I make one for a relative or some other child I know, I use small photos of the recipient instead of numbers, to personalize the racer. The design is a quick build, and the kids seem to really enjoy them.

-- Dave O.

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#1 posted 03-07-2010 10:33 PM

dave these are a cool toy..i might even enjoy a track with a few of these…

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

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#2 posted 03-07-2010 10:49 PM

nice jig ,

and a great ride !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 03-07-2010 11:47 PM


-- - 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 03-08-2010 01:19 AM

Dave, nice build. Thanks for reminding us that sleds are not just for the table saw. Thanks for posting.

-- JJ - Northern Illinois

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#5 posted 03-08-2010 01:50 AM

You can never have to many jigs, this is a nice addition to the band saw and well made, thanks for sharing…BC

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#6 posted 03-08-2010 04:13 AM

i could use one of those… thanks.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#7 posted 03-08-2010 01:49 PM

I like that jig. Hope you don’t mind if I borrow your idea. Thanks!

-- Dave from "The Sawdust Shed"

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#8 posted 02-03-2012 02:32 PM

I just made one of these for my table saw. It never occurred to me to make one for the band saw. Thanks for the good idea.

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