Bandsaw Resaw Sled Modifications

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Project by TZH posted 09-05-2010 02:24 AM 6175 views 11 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I couldn’t figure out how to upload pictures of this sled into a blog, so am posting them here as a new project. Hope that doesn’t violate any LJ rules.

Some time ago, I posted a bandsaw sled in the Projects tab in which I indicated a design “flaw” in that the table part of the sled bowed under significant weight. Since that time, I’ve made a simple modification by adding two wheels to help keep the sled rigid and unbowed as it passes through the bandsaw blade (see photo one).

Then I got to thinking I’d like to make some improvements to the resaw capability of the sled, so I added a “fence” made from an MDF shelf with sliding ends to accommodate larger pieces (see photo two).

To keep the fence from flexing outward as the sled goes through the bandsaw, I added a 2×2 piece of oak to the bottom to help with rigidity, and then I clamp a couple of pieces of square metal tubing to the table tight up against the oak strip (see photo three) and I haven’t had any problems at all so far.

I’ll be making a few more modifications to the fence to hold the pieces I’m resawing more securely, but, for now, all I do to keep them in place and from rolling on me is to screw the piece to the fence using 3” deck screws.

I’ve been really happy with the way this sled now works. I can resaw pieces up to 7 1/2’ in length. The largest diameter I’ve tried so far has been 14”. The bandsaw didn’t even burp, and I got some really nice cuts from it.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#1 posted 09-05-2010 04:32 AM

Nice sled. That’s on my list too.

To upload pictures use photobucket.. Open an account.

Show us some of the lumber you milled on this contraption.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#2 posted 09-05-2010 04:32 AM

Wow, essentially you’ve built your own in shop sawmill…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#3 posted 09-05-2010 04:50 AM

PaBull, thanks for the Photobucket suggestion. That’s what I tried and couldn’t get it to work. Don’t know if I was copying and pasting the right info into the blog, though. Tried thumbnails and url. Neither worked, got the text but not the photo. HELP! If you want to see photos of stuff I’ve milled on this sled, just take a look at some of the projects I’ve already posted on LJs.

Most of the mantels were done on this sled (one that wasn’t is 8’ long and wouldn’t fit – had to do that one the hard way with my router planer sled), as was the bench I recently posted. I currently have three more bench slabs milled that I’m working on and will post when finished.

Dustyal, you’re right, and that was pretty much the intent. I do a lot of rustic work and needed something to mill large slabs. This sled works really well for that purpose. I don’t mill regular lumber with this as I don’t use that kind of wood very much, if at all, in any of my projects. Most of the jigs I’ve made are designed specifically for the kind of work I do.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#4 posted 09-05-2010 01:52 PM

TZ this is completed, and it is a project. lots of guys post their jigs, tools and fixtures on the projects page as they are tooling projects.

great job, loved the insights that you gained for all of us by sending in your second effort, keep us posted of any improvements. this is on my list as well.

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#5 posted 09-05-2010 02:40 PM

Great job, really like it.
I would love to have one, if my shop was not so small.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 09-05-2010 02:47 PM

That looks very ingenious, Nice job and it sounds like it works great.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 09-05-2010 08:56 PM

What bandsaw do you have? Curious as to its capability for cutting logs.

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#8 posted 09-05-2010 08:56 PM

Arrrrggggh! Double post!

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#9 posted 09-05-2010 09:58 PM

Knothead62: I have a Laguna LT-18SE. Here are the specs:

16” resaw (at least 3/4” less with the sled I’m currently using – haven’t done anything over 14” so far and really don’t plan to as that’s big enough for these old bones to handle), 17” throat, foot brake, height 77”, weight 473 lbs., rack and pinion, cast iron trunion, 5HP motor (1 or 3 phase), 1/8” – 1 3/8” blade capacity, European top/bottom bearing guides, 220 volt breaker (1 or 3 phase), and dynamically balanced cast iron wheels.

Great saw, but don’t think they make it anymore (I got this one for about $300 less on clearance than their list at the time which was $2695).

Hope that helps.


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#10 posted 09-06-2010 07:02 AM

Great jig, I bet it is very accurate once you have it tuned in

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#11 posted 09-06-2010 02:44 PM

NormG, yep it is very accurate. Setup takes awhile, but once it’s done, it’s smooth and accurate. Pushing the sled through is the only thing that’s a little hard. I think that’s more due to the weight of the logs I cut combined with the weight of the sled itself, but I take a really wide stance when pushing through and move it very slowly as I go.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#12 posted 07-04-2011 04:59 PM

7.5feet and 14” resawn…DAMN !! No wonder the sled bowed a little : )
The wheels are a great addition.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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