Lumber Milling Jig for Bandsaw

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Project by Kevin_S posted 12-04-2012 04:41 AM 9710 views 47 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this jig to mill some small applewood logs I had been tripping over for a couple years. The logs came from two apple trees I took out of my back yard. They had been poorly cared for by previous owners and were unhealthy. I sunk way too much time and effort into them before figuring out they just weren’t worth it. So I cut them down and set aside the logs with the idea I might “do something” with them someday.

When got to processing the logs recently I saw that they had split. I got a couple good chunks and then cut up the rest into firewood lengths. That’s when I noticed the splits weren’t that deep, so I went ahead and milled them anyway.

The jig is two pieces of plywood (my scrap pile keeps on giving) joined with adjustable braces. The braces each hold a T-bolt that rides in a T-slot I cut with my keyhole bit on the router. The jig has a cleat on the bottom that runs in the bandsaw’s miter slot. A couple roller stands help support the jig at the beginning and end of a cut. I use a couple screws through the upright support and into the log to secure it. I’ve seen similar jigs that grab the log from each end, but I went with the screws cuz they’re really quick and easy.

I cut a slab, loosen the braces, slide the log over, re-tighten the braces, and make the next cut. Works really well on the stuff I’ve milled so far and it’s enormously satisfying to turn a tree into useful wood and ultimately a finished project (I will post those soon). I highly recommend it. If you have some small logs or firewood you suspect of containing some nice wood, try milling it yourself. The worst that can happen is you have smaller firewood.

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#1 posted 12-04-2012 05:17 AM

Super Jig Kevin

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#2 posted 12-04-2012 05:42 AM

I just finished setting up my new Rikon 10-325 14” BS and want to do a “little” milling of lumber. Your post is perfectly timed for my benefit! Thanks for sharing this.

-- 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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#3 posted 12-04-2012 09:10 AM

Great jig! I thought about doing something like this, but then again, I would have to be motivated to cut the logs. Not sure this old man has it in himself! Well done!

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

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#4 posted 12-04-2012 11:52 AM

Nice jig, great apple wood.
Since I got my new Rikon BS I’ve been making cutting boards out of firewood to give to people as gifts, usually accompanied by a bit of wood with the bark still on it so they can see the original wood. Folks seem to like getting them. I usually just freehand the first cut and then head to the jointer until it’s straight, but your setup would save me time, work and wood.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#5 posted 12-04-2012 12:57 PM

Nice job on this jig and some very nice apple wood too!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 12-04-2012 02:06 PM

now I just need a band saw…

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#7 posted 12-04-2012 03:06 PM

good design idea Kevin- Ive needed a jig like this for awhile and will copy it- thanks for sharing

-- phil, nevada



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#8 posted 12-04-2012 03:36 PM

Great Jig. A Band Saw from Metabo stable, would be joining my workshop shortly and this could be the one of the first jobs I would attempt.


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#9 posted 12-04-2012 05:28 PM

Can you share what size blade you are using with that? I have that same Grizzly band saw… I think I am going to give this a try..Thanks for sharing!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#10 posted 12-04-2012 07:46 PM

Looks great. I want one for my bandsaw, too (though I’ll have to mount a riser first).

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#11 posted 12-04-2012 07:48 PM

Great jig Kevin. Did you square off one side of the log before you run it through the band saw? From the pictures, it looks like the blade stays pretty true to the jig board. How thick did you cut the blanks?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#12 posted 12-04-2012 09:12 PM

with the cost of wood now days, and also the lack of varity , I think ithis s the way to go. Looking at the apple wood you cut is proof. I recently Bought a small bandsaw mill and had an amazing discovery, everyone has logs they want to give you. I think they become attached to the trees and don’t want to see them become fire wood. plus you get to work with wood you can’t find at the lumber yard. I hope you have fun with the great jig you made, and I hope you find all kinds of cool wood to work with.

-- I was going for that distressed look

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#13 posted 12-05-2012 01:23 AM

Wonderful jig

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#14 posted 12-05-2012 01:47 AM

nice jig. i’ll have to try one of these

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#15 posted 12-05-2012 01:56 AM

Alongiron, the blade is 3/4” 3 TPI, I don’t recall what brand, but I bought it through Grizzly.

Hawawiilad, I didn’t square it up first. Just started with the raw log. I line up the log to the blade in a way that I hope will yield the most wood. Make the first cut, then I’m careful to adjust both braces the same amount so each cut is parallel. I cut these blanks a little shy of 5/4. After planing they are just over 4/4. I also cut a slab at 8/4 but I don’t have a picture of that. I will post the project I made from it though.

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