Story: OK here is my journey into a bandsaw resaw sled, after doing some research and viewing others sleds for re sawing logs I found Gary Fixler's to my liking and thus the task was in motion, I first scrounged around through my lumber and located all the pieces I’d need for the project, 3/4” and 1/2” maple plyboard, I then made the hour drive to the woodcraft store and purchased one single 24” long T Track and cut it in two 12” halves and also purchased two 1/4 - 20 knobs.
I next squared up the base that I was going to use into 22 1/2” long x 15” wide, measured and marked out the channels for the T tracks, using the table saw to route out the channels I moved the fence for each pass until the both channels were cut to the right width and length, once that was done I install the T tracks and set that aside.
Next I constructed the sled and fence, with the measurements of 20” x 10” with the added 1/2 on the fence making it 10 1/2” as it sat on top of the sled, I then cut 3 – 3/4” x 4” x 9” supports and secured them to both the sled and the fence, to cut the holes for the T track bolts stick through the sled I measured halve way between the fence and the back edge of the sled and drilled the hole making sure the holes were centering the sled onto the base. The fence I drilled holes every half inch for the screws to secure the log to the fence with.
Note: The sled can be just as wide as the base, reason mine wasn’t is because the wood I used was already cut, I just didn’t want to have to go buy more wood for the project.
Miter track, I used hard maple with the proper measurements I cut the miter rail on the table saw and then fastened it to the bottom of the base off setting the base 3/16” from the blade.
Before assembly last thing I did was add paste wax to all surfaces for a smooth slide.
Next thing, I had to route out a miter slot in the out feed table that I had already in place, after I made the miter rail and tried to pass it though I hadn’t thought of the out feed table thus it became a road block for the miter to slide through completely, I grabbed my hand held router with the right size bit and made a router miter slot for the miter rail also shown in photos below are the roller stands to assist with the log sled. See photos below.
It was time to put it to use I had drawn out reference lines ever half inch on both side to assist in lineup. The log I am cutting is a 12” at the base, Redbud cut from my parents yard as it was dieing thus the log was still green, there was no drift as I made sure the blade gullet was centered on the wheel and I kept a slow feed rate.
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These photos shown below are the outcome of all cuts from the Redbud laid out on my table saw. See photos below
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