ReSaw Sled for Bandsaw

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Project by HorizontalMike posted 05-06-2014 10:10 PM 33427 views 37 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, after 4yr in WW I finally got talked into building a resaw sled for my 14in Rikon 10-325 bandsaw. I don’t know why I took so long and/or avoided going this route…hmm… All I can say is that the jig is very easy to build and mine took less than two 4ft sticks of T-track and two T-track knobs/bolts.

Everything was screwed together with #8 1-3/4in screws after butt joining. Nothing cosmic about this popular design, but it works like a champ and I am sure that is why so many folks build sleds for this purpose. My base sled was 28in long X 17in deep. The adjustable fence is 10in high and 9in deep. The sled can be made longer or shorter, all depending on what you want and what your bandsaw can handle. If you don’t build infeed and outfeed tables for your BS, then you should have plenty of roller stands that can take the load and help you feed the loaded sled (up to ~100lb) through the BS. The log in the above images measured 12in in diameter and about 19in long.

I found my T-track was a 1/4in too high for my BS slot, so I just added 1/4in ply to the bottom to make up the difference. Sure, I loss some resaw height, however, I still manage to get a full 12in resaw height on the Rikon with this setup.

My thanks to Randy, aka Blackie_, who showed me his this past week and pointed me to his blog on this sled. Plus Randy gifted me plenty of freebie logs and blocks of Chinaberry, mesquite, hackberry, Pecan, etc. for making boxes and turning. THANKS RANDY!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#1 posted 05-06-2014 10:23 PM

Obviously, you got it right….
The results speak for themselves….
Great lookin’ project lumber!!!

I need to make one of these for my Ricon 10-325….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 05-06-2014 10:37 PM

Those rollers will come in handy.

Nice sled.

-- Jeff NJ

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#3 posted 05-06-2014 11:48 PM

Well done. Good read,

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 05-06-2014 11:57 PM

Very GOOD, Mike :)

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#5 posted 05-07-2014 01:26 AM

Good job on the sled and some pretty nice boards. That’s how I got started making lumber. Be careful as it is very addictive and I now own a sawmill! Looks like you have the 2/3 TPI, 3/4”, bi-metallic resaw blade. Excellent choice!

I do have a tip for stacking/stickering your boards: put all your stickers in a straight line from top to bottom and put a row of stickers on the top board with some serious weight on it. Or ratchet strap your stack directly over the stickers. Those staggered stickers as pictured will allow your boards to warp/curve.

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

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#6 posted 05-07-2014 01:39 AM

Boy the 2/3 TPI sure changed my life with regards to resawing. Wow! What a night&day difference over just the 3TPI Timberwolf.

Yep, will straighten out the stickers.

Question: Should I be stripping all of the bark when stickering? Found a couple small wood termites crawling on the surface. Cleaned the shop very well after that, but looking for preventative measures if there are any…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#7 posted 05-07-2014 02:16 AM

I replied on your other post re: the bugs

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

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#8 posted 05-07-2014 02:33 AM

I’ve never tried to resaw “timber” such as this but it looks beautiful. How long does something like this have to sit before it become “usable”?

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#9 posted 05-07-2014 06:54 AM

I like this sled. I need to make a decent one like this also

-- regards, cyclops4069

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#10 posted 05-07-2014 12:21 PM

Dennie, from what I understand it takes about one year per inch (4/4) thickness. I cut these at 4/4, so I should be able to use these this time next Spring.

That said, I wonder since I live in the deep south in hot and dry South Texas, if my drying time will be significantly shortened? I don’t know…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#11 posted 05-07-2014 01:20 PM

Nice. One question though. It appears that the rollers at the outfeed are in line with the table but the sled hangs off the side. Does this lead to an off balance situation or am I not interpreting the picture with the log correctly? In any case, a nice design and execution.

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#12 posted 05-07-2014 01:56 PM

BEAUTIFUL lumber there. Now for the hardest part in WW….waiting for it to dry. I’m going to try to build a solar kiln this summer or next….i’m just too impatient.

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#13 posted 05-07-2014 02:04 PM

Mike, Don’t know if this was standing dead or live when cut. Standing dead dries a LOT faster than 1” per year.

Even my green lumber is down to 15% MC in 3-4 months. Stacked and stickered indoors with a fan running 24/7.

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

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#14 posted 05-07-2014 02:14 PM

Where did you get the track to slide the wood fence over from? I need to build a sled for myself. I enjoy taking a log and resawing it into lumber. If you seal the ends of the log when you first get them they won’t split so bad. If you don’t seal the ends the moisture rushes out the end of the log the fastest causing it to split. You want the lumber drying at the same speed. I really like your roller system!

-- Curly, South Dakota! Now where did I put that board stretcher?

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#15 posted 05-07-2014 05:29 PM

I bought the 3TPI Timberwolf resaw blade for this same model bandsaw a while ago, but haven’t really tried to use it yet. Who makes the 2/3 TPI, 3/4”, bi-metallic resaw blade that you and gfadvm like so much better?


-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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