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Resawing lumber bandsaw JIG – HOW TO MAKE
Or your own little mill, if you find a nice peace of wood in the forest!

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I visited a friend the other day, and in his firewood pile I found these nice pieces of wood, and could see a little box, a new handle for some chisels, a mallet and God knows…
So yes a new jig was needed… Or perhaps wanted – and since I love making them, here we go:

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First a plywood sled that fits your bandsaw size.
Route some T-tracks (or buy some).
Cut a guide, that fits your miter gauge slot, and add it to the sled, so you have a little slip of 1-2mm from the bandsawblade. (if you will use it a lot, use metal bar).

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Here a zoom, so you can see the routed T-slot, that will be used for the fence.

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And here the sled seen from the top on the table.
I use normal bolts in the T-slots, and wingnuts to fasten.

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The fence:
The fence are build with a low and a high side for flexibility.
It consists of two sides, and four supporters. Use som good quality plywood for stability and straightness.
(Yes I should not make such burns on my cutting… I was lazy, and did not fasten proper…).

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Glue up.

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Clamping and then adding screws.

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Testing. (it fits!).

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Marking the fence, for drilling (measure twise, drill once, or like me drill twise, measure after…).

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Measure, measure, and once again!

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Drill holes for the fence to be mounted on the sled.

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Testing again.
(for me to find out I had to make the T-slots longer to be able to get all the way to the blade… So I had to add two cm to each.).

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So for me time to add a little to the T’slots…
(And to play with my so wonderful Festool router again, so I smile while I pay for not thinking).
Notice my wonderful order in my bit box…

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Routing some slots on the fence for later attachment of the log to the fence.

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Testing again, now it fits…

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And here with a piece of wood.
On the sled you see som eyebolts that can be used to hold the log to the sled.

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Here a setup with a eyebolt with a washer, to hold thelog.
I was not all happy for this version, since it will make holes into the wood, and there would be a lot of waste like this… So some thinking, and surfing on the net.

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A simple metal angel, and a bolt… Can this be my answer?

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Not so stupid! Some more thinking…

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Here we are!!! This is cheap and easy, and provides several possibilities.

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Setup with a piece of log.

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I made some pointed cut off bolts for the buttom angels, so the log can rest in these, and then be secured from the top.

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Jig from the back.

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Jig from the front.

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Ready to cut!

I will make a review when I have tested it.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, and thank you for the inspration you all bring me.
(And especially those who posted milling jigs i could use as inspiration for my version).

Best of thoughts,
MaFe2010

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.



16 comments so far

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Dennisgrosen

10850 posts in 1720 days


#1 posted 1461 days ago

:-) as usual you try to twist every little grey cells you have Mads
to come up with something little different from anybody ells´s :-)

how does the scheppach perform is there anything you dislike and what size is it

Dennis

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mafe

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#2 posted 1461 days ago

Hi Dennis,
Thank you! I take it as a compliment (hope I should ;-)).
The saw are a size 3, and sinze I only had the little size 1 before (for small hobby use), I’m deeply impressed.
I think it’s quite strong concidering it’s 220volts, and the precision are also really good – so I have only positive words for now, but have only used it very little.
I updated because I was lucky to find it used for 1/3 of the price, and it was only little used.
I will keep you updated.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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lew

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#3 posted 1461 days ago

Nice!!

I really enjoy your jig/assembly posts. I like the engineering that goes into each one.

Thanks

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Dennisgrosen

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#4 posted 1461 days ago

yes it was :-) anything ells wuold have been dilivered personly….....LOL
naa kidden you , tooo lazy to do so

I think in my lack of english ill try to ask another way

how is the resawing capacety and how wide can you saw

M.v.h.
Dennis

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mafe

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#5 posted 1461 days ago

Hi Dennis,
Thank you.
Clearance Height 205mm
Clearance Width 306mm
Spec: http://www.poolewood.co.uk/acatalog/Band_Saw_Scheppach_Basato_3.html
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Dennisgrosen

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#6 posted 1461 days ago

thank´s Mads
have a great weekend

Dennis

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mafe

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#7 posted 1461 days ago

Here are a review of the bandsav:
http://www.woodworkersinstitute.com/page.asp?p=1112
Look like I’m not the only one that accepted it…

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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mafe

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#8 posted 1461 days ago

LEV,
Thank you, I can see that you also like this in one of your posts.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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stefang

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#9 posted 1461 days ago

Congratulations on the bigger bandsaw Mads, and the log sawing jig. Believe it or not, I also made a sliding jig for my new bandsaw today, but it is for cutting wedge shaped pieces instead of logs. Now I’m going to read part 2 of this blog. keep up the good work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 1461 days ago

Hi Mads, you sure have a nice jig there holding from the top. I would suggest cutting the entire block square before slicing off flat pieces because it will be more stable without that rounded piece of bark against your straight gage . One thing that you might see if you can make is a clamp that just comes down from the top and that digs into the wood, but that can be slid back as the wood gets thinner . The screws through the side are okay for screwing into the bark side, but after the bark is cut off, you don’t want to mark up the surface with a hole.

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

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swirt

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#11 posted 1461 days ago

Really nice work Mafe.
One suggestion that might make it serve you better. After you make the first pass on the saw you have one flat face. It would be quick to turn that 90 degrees and set the flat side down, however, the angles with the little peg points are in the way so the piece would never sit flat. If you remove what are the top angle brackets, then swing the bottom angle brackets around so they become the top ones. They could clamp right down and hold the wood against the surface of the sled without needing an opposing piece of angle iron and that would allow you to more easily cut the rest at 90 degrees to the first cut.

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

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docholladay

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#12 posted 1461 days ago

Cool jig. I like the fact that it does not involve driving screws into the log to hold it in place. You don’t have to sacrifice any of the actual wood just to hold the wood in the jig. I’m going to make something like this for my band saw. Funny thing is, when word gets out to your friends and neighbors that you will take their free wood, you end up with much more than you have room to store.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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Mark Shymanski

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#13 posted 1461 days ago

Thanks for this, I was just looking at some logs in my shop that I would like to resaw and turn into boxes. Your blog has certainly inspired me!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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mafe

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#14 posted 1460 days ago

Hi guys,
RThank you for all the comments and suggestions, I love both!
Mike: Thank you, so we were the bandsaw twins ;-), good idea, perhaps I can use my sled for several purpose… You make me think.
Jim; yes, in the ‘final’ version, I would like to add some clamps, I was thinking to make some by threading the metal angels, and the a wing bolt with a nut on where I can weld a washer… (was this Russian?).
Swirt; the angels are not stedy, so they can be moved to any possition, and it was the plan to use them according to the log, so it’s a fine idea, thank you.
Doc; thank you, and yes it seems to grow – why don’t my workshop grow / or the tool budget…
Mark; I’m really happy, this is the main rason to make the blog, and then ofcourse because I’m a proud child inside.
Best thoughts to all of you;
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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rorzu63

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#15 posted 609 days ago

Very nice and functional … You gave me the idea to create exactly what could be useful to me;
thank you very much

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