|Project by BeachedBones||posted 02-09-2009 10:42 PM||4376 views||24 times favorited||11 comments|
I’ve got a big cheesy grin from this project. I picked up my first bandsaw a couple months ago. So it wasn’t long before the “thrifty” side of me decided that yeah, picking up old wood and pallets was fine… but you know… there’s an awful lot of free wood in the form or trees hanging around. And sooner or later a windstorm will bring some of it down. Usually it gets nicely chopped up and given away to anyone who can use firewood. So….. obviously I needed a Lumber Jig to cut some of that wood up into manageable project pieces! Am I right? I don’t know but it’s fun anyways.
I started off with an L shape piece of plywood, added some tracks to follow the miter slots on my band saw, and a 2X2 to keep the deck from flexing. Added some supports on both ends of the log cradle. The one on the outfeed side slides in a groove and is held down by a small clamp. Both ends are pinched over the log with a long bar clamp. There is also a stop under the jig that grabs the bandsaw table just as the back support kisses the blade. That keeps the jig from rocking foreward under the weight of the log. The back support also acts as a shield to keep anything from flying back at me in case a blade breaks or anything. I made the two handles to help me get a better grip on the jig because it can be tricky to control the jig and a heavy log. I cut a spare piece of post to support the jig as I load up and position a log. That just gets pushed aside when I’m ready to cut.
I’ve had fun cutting up some birch, cedar, ash and oak logs so far, the biggest being a 8”X10”X28” piece of oak. The jig can only cut up to 8” thick and about 3 feet long.
-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.