Bandsaw crosscut log sled (think finger safety)

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Project by RichardH posted 04-25-2010 05:09 AM 7452 views 11 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, accidentally clicked on one of those horrific woodworking posts a while back where a small slip-up resulted in some graphic finger pics. It was enough I guess to get me to go ahead and make this simple safety sled for crosscutting logs on my bandsaw.

I do a lot of woodturning, so my bandsaw is second only to my lathe in terms of usage. I’ve used v-sleds before for this operation, but most of the time I just either cut the log freehand or used a wedge behind the log to help keep it from rolling into the blade. I haven’t had what I would consider a terribly close call, but I have had the log shift before and even snapped a blade once. It is certainly unnerving.

This is just a simple sled with a strip that rides in the miter slot. I used an automotive tie-down to hold the log. The third picture shows the small bracket I made to hold the tie-down to the jig. The design is based on this one that I found on the web:

Tried it on a couple of 6-10 inch logs and it held firm. I left room for a second tie-down just in case, but so far, I’m reasonably pleased with the way it works.

Play safely,

, but more importantly

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#1 posted 04-25-2010 04:56 PM

Always think safety first! Good job. Thanks for posting. Looks like it will get the job done.

Keep it up.


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#2 posted 04-25-2010 09:14 PM

Great idea for a hold down device : ) Thanks for sharing it with us !

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#3 posted 04-26-2010 06:08 AM

Thanks for the post. I believe I’ll have to make something similar.

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#4 posted 07-01-2010 09:42 PM

What a practical and easy solution to a very dangerous problem. Good job!

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#5 posted 07-02-2010 02:48 AM

Great idea and implementation. This will be a nice compliment to my resaw sled.

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#6 posted 02-09-2011 10:11 PM

I need to redo my resaw sled as well as build one of these. Thanks for the reminder… If you don’t mind me asking, what are you using for a miter bar?

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#7 posted 02-09-2011 11:09 PM

since this was just quick and dirty, I planed down a small strip that I tacked to the bottom of the sled. If I start doing more of this, I’ll probably experiment with the ability to slightly adjust angle as you might with a bandsaw fence. Not sure, but I think it might help with the tracking a bit.

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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