Homemade Band sawmill #4: Gantry Rails and log bed

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Blog entry by geekwoodworker posted 10-20-2014 09:58 PM 9166 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Blade guides and guards Part 4 of Homemade Band sawmill series Part 5: Push handle and water cooling »

The rails and log bed with log clamps are complete and after testing it by cutting another log I found some short comings with the clamps and my right blade guides.

Here is the new blade guide for the right side and it works much better and is smaller than old one.

The log clamps had some serious short comings as I had the uprights too close to where the left blade guides travel and unfortunately were in the way of blade guide for which I had to put a block between them and the log to give enough room. They would also bend slightly back. So made some new ones with low profiles and high profiles. They all slide in a type of T-slot and work great. Some have screws sticking through to add grip on the log.

The log clamp slides loosely on a 1/2 in threaded rod and uses friction to stay in place.

Now I just need to add a push handle and the water coolling for the blade.

8 comments so far

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#1 posted 10-20-2014 10:09 PM

Realy like this build. Keep it coming!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#2 posted 10-20-2014 10:38 PM

This is coming along nicely Sean. Are you having any problems with saw dust collecting in the guide rails?

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 10-20-2014 10:44 PM

Thats awesome Sean! Keep up the good work!! I cant wait to see it in person! Cheers buddy

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#4 posted 10-20-2014 11:35 PM

Man you are really going to town on this. It looks awesome! look forward to seeing some more on it. heck of a job on this.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#5 posted 10-21-2014 12:04 AM

Very impressive build! Wishing you the best with it.

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

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#6 posted 10-21-2014 10:12 AM

Thanks everyone.

Lee. Sawdust does get into the one rail but I just a take broom and sweep it out.

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#7 posted 10-21-2014 11:48 AM

Slice em up some lumber now. Gr8 build

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#8 posted 04-06-2017 06:25 PM

very well thought of, really like the clamping system. Simple yet very useful

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