|Project by HorizontalMike||posted 05-06-2014 10:10 PM||5011 views||33 times favorited||26 comments|
Well, after 4yr in WW I finally got talked into building a resaw sled for my 14in Rikon 10-325 bandsaw. I don’t know why I took so long and/or avoided going this route…hmm… All I can say is that the jig is very easy to build and mine took less than two 4ft sticks of T-track and two T-track knobs/bolts.
Everything was screwed together with #8 1-3/4in screws after butt joining. Nothing cosmic about this popular design, but it works like a champ and I am sure that is why so many folks build sleds for this purpose. My base sled was 28in long X 17in deep. The adjustable fence is 10in high and 9in deep. The sled can be made longer or shorter, all depending on what you want and what your bandsaw can handle. If you don’t build infeed and outfeed tables for your BS, then you should have plenty of roller stands that can take the load and help you feed the loaded sled (up to ~100lb) through the BS. The log in the above images measured 12in in diameter and about 19in long.
I found my T-track was a 1/4in too high for my BS slot, so I just added 1/4in ply to the bottom to make up the difference. Sure, I loss some resaw height, however, I still manage to get a full 12in resaw height on the Rikon with this setup.
My thanks to Randy, aka Blackie_, who showed me his this past week and pointed me to his blog on this sled. Plus Randy gifted me plenty of freebie logs and blocks of Chinaberry, mesquite, hackberry, Pecan, etc. for making boxes and turning. THANKS RANDY!
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