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Project by RICH GRABLE posted 11-19-2009 12:51 PM 3978 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

  • Here are some pictures of the cross cut log sled I made for my new band saw. I changed the ratchet strap a little after the pictures were taken. The hook on it was eliminated* I have never seen one before. Just went by some suggestions from my new friend John Stegall who I met here on Woodjok. He only lives about a mile from me here in Kerville Tx


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#1 posted 11-19-2009 03:03 PM

Good idea, makes me look at the firewood pile differently…. Definitely something I will make.

-- Joanne, New York,

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#2 posted 11-19-2009 03:43 PM

nice band saw whats the biggest size you can cut with, what kind of band saw is it i am trying to figure out which one to buy myself

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#3 posted 11-19-2009 04:10 PM

Basic but effective should work well…..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 11-19-2009 04:38 PM

Good idea but how do you keep the log in the miter track?

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 11-19-2009 07:51 PM

Looks like a good idea. The one sort of serious injury I have had in the shop came from cutting an out of round tree limb on the band saw. It turned in my hand and the knuckle of my left hand went into the blade. Fortunately it did not damage the joint or any major nerves. Took 10 stitches to close it up. It is not just table saws we need to be careful with.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 11-20-2009 01:17 AM

Hi again, I added a picture of a finger that got under a little log. That is the reason for the sled. It is a 14” Rikon, on sale at WOODCRAFTERS, $600-. It will cut a 10 1/2’ log. And Kindlingmaker, the pictures show the piece of wood that runs in the miter slot. I put a course 1” blade on it, as I am not a finish carpenter. Just make things on the lathe etc. Also a lot of sawdust! Hey U guys R fun!


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#7 posted 11-20-2009 01:47 AM

OUCH!!! Could have been worse though… atleast it is still there. Nice sled

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#8 posted 11-20-2009 02:18 AM

Great idea, i wll have to try this

-- Robert,

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#9 posted 11-20-2009 12:42 PM

Ouch for the finger!


-- Guy,PEI

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#10 posted 11-22-2009 03:13 AM

Nice jig, but if you are not using something already, I would recommend you use a support under the workpiece that is hanging off the edge. As you cut off a round, the weight of the log on the table gets smaller, and the portion hanging over the edge can suddenly become heavier causing the whole thing to fall sideways. Not a good situation with all that exposed blade.

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#11 posted 11-22-2009 03:23 AM

Thanks for the suggestion about some support. I am open to idea’s. What do U suggest, and how would U support it off the table?


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#12 posted 11-22-2009 03:38 AM

Norm actually has a workshop helper plan that is very good. It is an outfeed support. I made one, but I modified it so that the top portion with the rollers is removable. I have an additional top that is a funnel that I can place behind the lathe for dust collection. You could make many alternative tops A flat top option would work for this. Something like that would work well because the height is adjustable and you could use it for other things.

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#13 posted 11-26-2009 08:09 AM

OUCH!!! Could they not stuff the rest of the insides back into the finger before closing it up? That looks like it hurt a lot… another reason to play it safe in the shop…
Thanks for posting the pics (even the finger) should help us all to slow down in the shop and take safety much more seriously…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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