Resawing lumber bandsaw JIG – HOW TO MAKE
Or your own little mill, if you find a nice peace of wood in the forest!
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:
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).
Here a zoom, so you can see the routed T-slot, that will be used for the fence.
And here the sled seen from the top on the table.
I use normal bolts in the T-slots, and wingnuts to fasten.
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…).
Clamping and then adding screws.
Testing. (it fits!).
Marking the fence, for drilling (measure twise, drill once, or like me drill twise, measure after…).
Measure, measure, and once again!
Drill holes for the fence to be mounted on the sled.
(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.).
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…
Routing some slots on the fence for later attachment of the log to the fence.
Testing again, now it fits…
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.
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.
A simple metal angel, and a bolt… Can this be my answer?
Not so stupid! Some more thinking…
Here we are!!! This is cheap and easy, and provides several possibilities.
Setup with a piece of log.
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.
Jig from the back.
Jig from the front.
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,
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.