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Adjustable Bandsaw Lumbermill Sled

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Project by mdzehr posted 09-21-2018 10:32 AM 2526 views 18 times favorited 47 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This band saw sled has 7’ infeed and outfeed tables that slide out from the bandsaw to accommodate wider logs. The glides are simple sliding dovetail joints made out of 3/4” plywood with one side fastened to the bandsaw and the other piece fastened to the feed tables. The sled adjusts to any incremental width and is anchored with a tab that slides in a slot cut into the outside rail to keep it from lifting off the track. I use a 3 TPI blade in my 14” Rikon band saw to rough cut the logs for air drying.

A friend is giving me 4 cherry logs that are 6’ long and about 16” in diameter that I hope to convert to lumber this next week.

-- Mike, Lancaster PA





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Triumph1

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#1 posted 09-21-2018 11:48 AM

That is looking good! It will really make the processing easier.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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mdzehr

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#2 posted 09-21-2018 11:51 AM

Thanks Jeff. The sliding glides will give me greater width capacity.


That is looking good! It will really make the processing easier.

- Triumph1


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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TDominy

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#3 posted 09-21-2018 12:04 PM

What a great idea.

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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mdzehr

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#4 posted 09-21-2018 12:15 PM

Thanks! It’s amazing what ideas pop into your head during the middle of the night.


What a great idea.

- TDominy


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#5 posted 09-21-2018 12:56 PM

A very nice arrangement you have created. I wish I had room to duplicate this. I’ll have to just keep making due with my bandsaw milling sled and roller stands.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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mdzehr

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#6 posted 09-21-2018 01:03 PM

Thanks. As you can see I don’t really have room for it either as it is crammed in the middle of my garage. The indeed and outfeed tables are removable and are also used for my planet so that everything stores nicely when I’m not using it.


A very nice arrangement you have created. I wish I had room to duplicate this. I ll have to just keep making due with my bandsaw milling sled and roller stands.

- swirt


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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Steve

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#7 posted 09-21-2018 01:13 PM

great idea. do you have leg supports under each end as well?

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mdzehr

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#8 posted 09-21-2018 01:24 PM

Yes. I will have to post those as well. They are box jointed 2×4 frames on wheels with height adjustments to make rolling feed tables in and out a bit easier.


great idea. do you have leg supports under each end as well?

- Steve


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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GR8HUNTER

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#9 posted 09-21-2018 01:35 PM

looking like I should load up on logs and head for Lancaster LOL GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#10 posted 09-21-2018 01:40 PM

great idea you have your own mini sawmill.ill have to consider this myself,i have a hitachi resaw with a 3” wide blade that would work well with this setup.time to start following tree trimmers-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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mdzehr

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#11 posted 09-21-2018 01:48 PM

Come on down. You’re always welcome!


looking like I should load up on logs and head for Lancaster LOL GREAT JOB :<))

- GR8HUNTER


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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mdzehr

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#12 posted 09-21-2018 01:50 PM

Thanks Larry. I figure for free wood I can put in a little sweat equity.


great idea you have your own mini sawmill.ill have to consider this myself,i have a hitachi resaw with a 3” wide blade that would work well with this setup.time to start following tree trimmers-lol.

- pottz


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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ohwoodeye

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#13 posted 09-21-2018 06:10 PM

Very nice.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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recycle1943

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#14 posted 09-21-2018 06:20 PM

Very nice, who saws you need a $10,000 band saw mill to cut logs ?

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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mdzehr

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#15 posted 09-21-2018 06:21 PM

Thanks Mike


Very nice.
Well done.

- ohwoodeye


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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