Workshop #27: Table Saw Saw Mill

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Blog entry by clieb91 posted 03-09-2014 06:58 PM 4428 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well as my journey of processing wood for use in turning continues. I have been looking for a way to cut my own stuff using the bandsaw I have. it mostly works well enough but is not great at resawing. I came across Izzy Swan great channel on YouTube. I really liked the idea of using my table saw to mill logs, so I decided to tackle the project. The video for this can be found here.

After completing the build. I grabbed a piece of holly I have had around for a bit.

Cut it to length. I only made by jig 18” as I wanted to easily handle it on my small saw. Besides I am primarily looking at making pen blanks and turning stock.

Ran it through the saw only to find out I should have measured my maximum blade height first.. DOH!! The blade on my little saw does not come all the way up to cut completely through the log. It leaves a very thin strip, which I am able to break away with a chisel and running through my jointer. I am good with this fact right now and am still looking towards a newer saw in the not too distant future. So I will be using as is.

I was able to cut a 1” piece for some pens and a 1 1/2” piece for at least 2 bottle openers from my first log.

I am looking forward to putting this to further use and will also plan to build a new one in the future.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#1 posted 03-09-2014 07:06 PM

Wow, welcome aboard the “small bandsaw resaw” club Chris! I’ll check out that YT channel.

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#2 posted 03-10-2014 12:53 AM

Good jig. Should help you stay busy.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 03-10-2014 01:35 AM

Thanks Guys..
This was built mainly for the table saw, but the good news is I tried it and it is just the right height to fit my bandsaw. So once I change the blade on my saw I will give it a go.

Monte, that is what I am hoping. I mentioned bottle openers to the gift shop and he ordered a bunch site unseen. So I need some wood. Wish I had the space for a rig like yours, maybe some day.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 03-11-2014 03:08 PM

That looks like it will be VERY handy! :)

-- "Keep thy airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee." - William Kershner

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#5 posted 04-05-2014 09:18 PM

Nice Jig, should work well on the band saw also.

-- Trying, but lots to learn.....

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