Bandsaw log sled

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Project by snowdog posted 09-04-2007 09:30 PM 12325 views 20 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took this design from Bob ( whom states that he took it from Mike in Paradise Newfoundland. Either way it seem to work well. I have to beef the sled up a bit more, I used 1/2 ply for the base and that was way to flimsy. I should have known better <laugh>. The sled is down in the shop now with an added 3/4 plywood base, maybe that will be enough. If not, I’ll build an out feed table for it.

Does anyone have an idea on what wood this is?

I added the pic of the turkes just for fun, They were outside the day I built it.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#1 posted 09-04-2007 10:56 PM

It looks good to me, but I think you are going to end up building an out feed table.

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#2 posted 09-04-2007 11:12 PM

Your sled looks very useful but the Turkeys really have my attention.

-- F.Little

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 09-04-2007 11:18 PM

Are those Wild turkeys??

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#4 posted 09-04-2007 11:29 PM

isn’t it exciting to see a .. hmmm .. flock.. of turkeys?
And boy, can they run fast!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 09-04-2007 11:46 PM

Good for you snowdog.
It makes posting projects worth the effort if it helps somebody else.
Couple of things I might add:

I cut a short strip of metal that engages the log with a couple of screws in the adjustable end to keep the piece from rolling during the initial cuts.
I find it bites the log farther downtoward the center and stabilizes the cut for me.

extra strap
Yesterday I needed to cut a small log ( 5 + “) and found it would not reach the clamp. I used a couple of 2×4 pieces and got it done but now it think I should make a fill piece to hold the smaller pieces up in the clamp.
I suppose I could cut holes down lower and it would do the same thing.
The outfeed table really helps with the weight distribution with bigger logs so I recommend you do it before you break a blade or worse. <g>


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#6 posted 09-06-2007 10:55 AM

This looks like a great idea! One day when I get a bandsaw, I’ll have to build one :).

-- Robb

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#7 posted 09-06-2007 01:01 PM

Yes they are wild turkeys, I really love living up in the woods. It makes working for “da man” almost worht the waste of time it really is :)

Bob I do want to make that extended clamp but I am not set up yet for mettle. I don’t even have a drill press yet. I have been looking around for a used one.

I wish I know what the wood was :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#8 posted 09-06-2007 02:06 PM

Hi snow dog:
About the wood:
You dont tell us what the leaves look like . (Is it coniferous or deciduous)
There is no closeup of the cross section of the trunk
There is no close up of the bark.
There is no close up of the grain.
I dont know where youl live to narrow down the possible species.
It’s pretty tough to make a guess just looking at a computer screen.
It could be Elm????

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#9 posted 09-06-2007 03:55 PM

Actually, it looks like DINNER!

Oh the wood! LOL! Looks like pine but that’s a best guess. Lets see the leaves or needles.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#10 posted 09-07-2007 02:58 PM

My guess is it is from a Willow Tree

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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#11 posted 09-07-2007 07:58 PM

I was told it was hickoryby a local tree guy yesterday when eh dropped off log lengths for fire wood, hard and heavy as lead. YOU wont belive what he dropped in my yard. hard Maple, cherry, birch.. it is to much to save. I’ll pull a few chunks but most will go to BTUs :(

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#12 posted 09-08-2007 05:24 AM

I like the looks of your sled – have been going to build one as we have a few pieces to slice up. I would opt for either hickory or elm as to your wood.
Thanks also Bob for your improved thoughts on the sled

-- cronk, oregon

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#13 posted 09-10-2007 03:16 AM

Back when I was a kid we had a forest with a lot of birch trees. I always thought I’d be like the Indians and build a birch bark canoe.

That bark looks a lot like how I remember birch looked.

My neighbor just downed a tree and I got a few of his pieces. My sled is a lot smaller. 30” is about the longest I can use and 10” diameter about the thickest. I think I got it out of WOOD magazine. I use lag bolts to hold the wood in place on the sled. But yours is a LOT heftier.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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Bob #2

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#14 posted 09-10-2007 04:04 AM

Sawdust, that’s the birch they call “paper” birch.
They sewed the joints with green wood fiber and then tarred inside and out with spruce pitch.


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#15 posted 09-10-2007 05:20 AM

Thanks. This gives me some ideas to improve on my sled.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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