Great bandsaw jig...BUT...

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Project by Andybb posted 11-24-2018 03:08 AM 2425 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wasn’t sure if this should be listed as a forum topic, blog or project but here it is.

I built this jig for milling small logs (approx. 24” x 12” on my Laguna 1412. Can’t take credit for the design as I based this on doubleDD's project from 2017. Thanks for the input DD.

The jig works great and performed as designed using a 3/4” Laguna Resaw King blade. It allows me to clamp a good sized log securely and smoothly slice it. The runner under the base sits in the miter slot to the right of the blade while the upper part of the jig with the clamp slides back and forth to adjust the depth of cut. I used a 36” $9 HF clamp and scrap wood that I had around the place. The upper sliding portion uses t-bolts that slide in 2 t-tracks in the base. The jig could be smaller but the average log I’d want to cut is about this size.

The BUT part comes in after getting a chance to use it yesterday to slice some black walnut that member clarkswoodworking gave me last week. Once I made the initial cut I found it easier, faster and just as precise to just put the flat side against the Laguna fence or table and let the Resaw King blade do what it does best….slice wood like cheese with no drift. Easy peasy. Going forward I will probably revert to just screwing the log to the upper portion of the jig fence for the first cut then use the stock fence to cut the rest of it. There is a lot of extra muscling, fiddling and balancing the log on the jig and rollers on the outside of the bandsaw table.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#1 posted 11-24-2018 05:24 AM

Like to see projects like this on projects as one does not always see or click on the forums. That wood is sure nice.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 11-24-2018 09:42 AM

Real nice jig! I’ll have to break down and build one now.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 11-24-2018 12:31 PM

Here is another approach you might like.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 11-24-2018 02:31 PM

Glad to see your sled Andy. Nice job. When I built mine in 2014 Ididn’t realize how much better it would be to control the cutting. I agree the resaw king blade makes it like cutting butter. I just purchased one a few weeks ago and it is amazing. It was such a pleasure to use I went and cut 6 logs up right away. I use the fence too sometimes as the log gets smaller as long as I have good control. Thanks for mentioning too. One of my winters project will be to make some kind of extension table tablefor it to make it easier for the bigger logs.
Beautiful piece of walnut by the way. Enjoy.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 11-24-2018 03:24 PM

That first cut is always the trickiest, especially with a not so straight log and uneven ends. A good jig like this one does wonders! In the version I use, I drilled a couple of holes through the clamp pads so I could run screws into the log for a more secure bite. I’m always afraid the log will slip out in the middle of a cut.

As with you, I also found that once a good flat is established, the saw fence can take over. I usually cut a small flat perpendicular to the “big” cut for a better reference to the table, then Bob’s your uncle! (or maybe not 8^)

That wood looks awesome!

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#6 posted 11-24-2018 06:53 PM

Here is another approach you might like.

- stefang

Thanks stefang . That’s even more of a space saver. Do you put hot glue on the log as well as the board?

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#7 posted 11-25-2018 03:10 AM

Nice build. What size of blade is that..

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#8 posted 11-25-2018 12:30 PM

Andy, good afternoon. What is the speed of the blade in this saw ?? And what model (firm) of ribbon canvases. If it is not difficult, give the answer in the letter.

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#9 posted 11-26-2018 07:22 AM

Andy, good afternoon. What is the speed of the blade in this saw ??
- Sasha

Don’t know the speed. Using a Laguna 1412 saw.

And what model (firm) of ribbon canvases. If it is not difficult, give the answer in the letter.

- Sasha

Not sure what you are asking.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#10 posted 11-28-2018 08:29 PM

Nice build. What size of blade is that..

- misterbig

3/4” Laguna Resaw King

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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James E McIntyre

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#11 posted 03-17-2019 02:04 AM

Wow! Great sled! And your band saw is awesome.

-- James E McIntyre

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#12 posted 10-14-2019 07:39 PM

Love to see these sleds getting built.

My impression was that sleds were often used for the first 2 cuts to create two square surfaces that could then be registered on table and fence.

Any issues with blade maintenance? (either with green wood leaving any residue on the blade, or the bark including any grit?)

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