|Project by TZH||posted 11-23-2009 06:57 PM||8120 views||37 times favorited||22 comments|
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.