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Project by TZH posted 11-23-2009 06:57 PM 7586 views 37 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Bandsaw sled was inspired by Bob #2 (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/2400) and taken a step further in the design process by a woodworking friend of mine named Jim Kane to get to the sled pictured. Thanks to both of you for being so creative and functional at the same time. Virtually ALL the materials were scrap and metal piping I had laying around not being used for anything. The sled is basically a 4×8 sheet of 3/4” plywood reinforced with heavy duty anle iron to avoid flex. The frame for the sled is actually two separate frames joined by a 2×10 stringer for rigidity. The rails are 4×4 square steel tubing but you could also use 4×4 posts if need be. I thought I would need to anchor the entire apparatus to the floor, but then came up with the idea to build a frame around the bandsaw and attach the frame to the sled apparatus which prevents any movement whatsoever. Finally, I even designed an “opening” (see fourth photo) to allow me to step into the slice so I wouldn’t be reaching to get the sled all the way through. The reason I deviated from Bob #2’s original design was because I needed something that would allow me to slice off slabs from longer logs. My sled will accommodate up to a 5’6” log at this time. I’m still thinking about a design modification that will allow me to do logs up to 6’6”, but haven’t come up with it yet. This sled will also allow me to crosscut logs, too. All I need to do is clamp them down perpendicular to the saw blade and run them through the bandsaw. My bottom line is that this sled works better than even I had hoped. It is a DRASTIC improvement over MY original design in the last photo.

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a1Jim

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#1 posted 11-23-2009 07:00 PM

wow thats a killer of a sled great job

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#2 posted 11-23-2009 07:07 PM

Very nice sled !!!

-- Charlie............Only time will tell if it was time well spent.

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#3 posted 11-23-2009 07:11 PM

Holy swiss cheese and crackers! Who needs a mill when you’ve got a sled like that! Seriously how big of a log will that setup handle?

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#4 posted 11-23-2009 07:49 PM

Neat idea!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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TZH

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#5 posted 11-23-2009 07:59 PM

dbhost – actually, the sled will handle a 5’6” log up to 16” in diameter at this point. As I said above, I’m trying to think up a design that will allow me to to a logs up to 6’6” long, but haven’t been able to come up with anything that’ll work, yet.

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SEE

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#6 posted 11-23-2009 08:15 PM

Looks like you’re ready for some serious sawing and re-sawing now! Very nice job. Thanks for sharing.

-- Build for the joy of it!

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#7 posted 11-23-2009 08:20 PM

You have made a great resaw sled. This is almost exactly what I need. My version will have to be slightly smaller, due to space available, but I’m definitely going to use your idea. That’s great that it will easily crosscut too.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#8 posted 11-23-2009 08:23 PM

Let me be the first to say, a fantastic modification! Bravo!
That’s what makes Lj’s work!

I’m toying with a horizontal mill right now and wondering if I shouldn’t be offering such as a serivice in my area.
I was quite surprised to notice that none of the local arborists offer any kind of salvage.

It’s such a waste.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#9 posted 11-23-2009 08:36 PM

That is one serious bandsaw sled!

Awesome way to use the bandsaw to it’s full capacity.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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cstrang

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#10 posted 11-23-2009 09:44 PM

Very nice, that is one hell of a sled!

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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PG_Zac

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#11 posted 11-23-2009 09:48 PM

Ultra Cool

I will definitely be making a version of this – It’s WAAaaayyy better than my current resawing setup.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#12 posted 11-23-2009 09:51 PM

Fantastic! Great to see woodworkers obsessions come to life. Was impressed by the matching bandsaw too. This is something I’m sure most of us want, but which most of will never have, no matter, it’s wonderful to see that someone actually has one. You should be getting a lot of inexpensive wood with that set up. Congratulations on a job well done and making your dream come true.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 11-23-2009 09:53 PM

Great Setup.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#14 posted 11-23-2009 10:28 PM

Great sled. It sure is cheeper than buying a sawmill…

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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#15 posted 11-23-2009 10:59 PM

I think I will give this to the boys at TORQUE to see if they can make one for me… as I don’t weld and I think steel rails and bearing guides would be the way to go… same as on the TWC.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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