|Project by RichardH||posted 04-25-2010 05:09 AM||4276 views||9 times favorited||7 comments|
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.
, but more importantly
-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."