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Project by ChuckV posted 1215 days ago 9716 views 114 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this sled based on swirt's project. In a reply to that project, I show how I had to move the runner to the interior of the sled for my bandsaw.

After milling one of my seven basswood logs, I understood why swirt said that he would like to be able to avoid reclamping for each cut. This is what I came up with.

I added a second board that is the same length as the main sled and wide enough to hold the pipe saddles. I cut three dadoes in the top of the sled and installed T-track in them. I drilled holes through the sliding upper board for theT-bolts to pass through.

I made a first cut to get a flat surface. Then I unclamped and rotated the log to get the flat surface onto the sled surface. After that, I was able to mill the rest of the log without messing with the clamp. After completing one cut, I am able to shift the remaining log toward the blade and secure it for the next cut using the knobs on the top of the T-bolts.

I tried using the new sled today and it was a good improvement. I cut various thicknesses from 2/4 to 8/4. The update certainly increased my L/F (Lumber/Firewood) ratio.

Thanks swirt!

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson





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kiefer

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#1 posted 1215 days ago

NOW THAT IS THINKING !!!!!!!!!!!
great idea and sled
i love innovation

kiefer

-- Kiefer 松

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getlostinwood

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#2 posted 1215 days ago

I have never calculate my L/F Ratio, just thinking about it scares me

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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TomFran

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#3 posted 1215 days ago

Great idea!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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DaleM

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#4 posted 1215 days ago

Great idea! Yeah, I know Tom just said that, but he was right so I said it again. It looks like you have lines across the entire thing for measuring the thickness of the boards too, so once again, great idea.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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OttawaP

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#5 posted 1215 days ago

I’ve seen aquite a few sled designs but none incorporating a pipe clamp. Great idea…

-- Paul

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HalDougherty

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#6 posted 1215 days ago

Thanks for showing your sled. It looks like it works great.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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ChuckV

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#7 posted 1215 days ago

Paul,
The details of the use of the pipe clamp are in the base project that I reference.

-- “That it will never come again / Is what makes life so sweet. ” ― Emily Dickinson

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CampD

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#8 posted 1215 days ago

Hmmmm, not bad , I like.

-- Doug...

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swirt

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#9 posted 1215 days ago

Chuck that is a fantastic improvement. I always wanted to do something like that to mine, but I had always envisioned putting a separate piece of plywood on top and having that move. I never did it because it would take away from my limited re-saw height. Your version where you just make the saddles ride on a strip solves that problem and raises the clamps up a bit higher where they can be more effective. That was a clever approach and I think it is perfect.

Geeze no need to thank me, you just seriously raised the bar and I am so glad you did.

Well done and thank you.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#10 posted 1215 days ago

Chuck, nice improvement and a really useful jig.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#11 posted 1215 days ago

great tool add to the Bs :-)

whats the brand name of those pipeclamps and on the bridges that hold the pipe

Dennis

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swirt

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#12 posted 1215 days ago

Dennis those are Jorgensen “Pony” deep reach clamp and pipe saddles.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Dennisgrosen

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#13 posted 1215 days ago

thank´s Steve
its noted in my book I havn´t seen them in DK before so I maybee have to get them
ells where
it was just for future use becourse the two electronkiller devices I will have will be a big Bs
for log sawing and a drillpress but that will all fall in place when I got a new shop in the future
in a new house …. when ever this get sold

Dennis

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mafe

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#14 posted 1215 days ago

Hi,
That is a cool improvement, so good thinking.
Dennis look in Harald Nyborg http://www.harald-nyborg.dk/merinfo.asp?varenr=9919&n=20100
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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Eagle1

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#15 posted 1215 days ago

Nice. Thanks for the post. I might have to try something like that.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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