|Project by TZH||posted 09-05-2010 02:24 AM||4760 views||10 times favorited||12 comments|
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.