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Project by thamar posted 10-11-2011 05:32 AM 4289 views 14 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of friends of mine gave me some “mini logs” when they cut down a back yard pear tree and a redwood. I wanted to turn these into lumber but it just seemed too difficult and dangerous to do on my old stock Hitachi Resaw Bandsaw. After a lot of head scratching, I came up with the idea to build a moveable sled to deal with the first 2 cuts and then a more normal resaw fence for slabbing off the boards

The sled runs on a couple of CNC tracks and it has a leadscrew with a handwheel to advance the sled past the 3” blade. (I’m lazy so I use a power hand drill on the other end to “rewind” the sled). The maximimum log length that it can handle is 27”. Hopefully that should be about all I’ll need.

The more conventional half of the saw is made out of chunk of aluminum 14” wide x 1.5” thick by 48” long (ebay purchase). I then attached a Laguna Tools Driftmaster fence for this portion of the project

Although my table no longer tilts, the whole resaw setup is a lot safer and easier to use.





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#1 posted 10-11-2011 05:55 AM

that is one enormous blade….

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 10-11-2011 06:04 AM

seriously

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#3 posted 10-11-2011 06:16 AM

Yeah thats the first thing I noticed, the blade! Any info on that? Nice job on the linear bearing idea.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother. www.rockybluewoodworks.com

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#4 posted 10-11-2011 06:30 AM

Im with Dak!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#5 posted 10-11-2011 07:14 AM

Stand back people and watch the sawdust fly! Nice work!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16 http://www.TheCrookedNail.blogspot.com

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#6 posted 10-11-2011 07:37 AM

Holy smokes that’s an amazing resaw setup

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#7 posted 10-11-2011 09:34 AM

What an impressive setup! Any info on the blade?

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#8 posted 10-11-2011 10:16 AM

Wow!!!! I noticed what a cool sled you came up with then saw that blade….. 3 inch my my…. Great saw and sled should do the trick no doubt. Great job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 10-11-2011 10:23 AM

very nice setup ;-)

Dennis

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#10 posted 10-11-2011 12:02 PM

Very Cool! I think this project post is in need of a video follow-up!!!!

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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ward63

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#11 posted 10-11-2011 01:28 PM

Now that’s my kinda a resaw! I’m assuming its carbide or stellite tipped, the wheels are flat without a crown, and cuts everything hat you can feed into like butter :-)
Thanks for sharing.

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woodzy

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#12 posted 10-11-2011 02:11 PM

The blade is huge !! Love it.
The bandsaw table is the biggestt i’ve seen, is it custom?
I have too many questions.
It looks awsome, i agree with MOJOE. Please post a small video of this beaut’ in action.

-- Anthony

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#13 posted 10-11-2011 03:24 PM

Very impressive. What brand is the saw?

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

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#14 posted 10-11-2011 03:33 PM

Great idea, great design and great project! Thanks for sharing and the good pictures.

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thamar

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#15 posted 10-11-2011 04:07 PM

The saw is an old 1980’s (I think) Hitachi. It uses a 3” blade with Stellite blade tips. These saws were popular for a while and then they kind of died out. I bought this one used and then managed to find several NOS blades for it (they are expensive!!).

I always hated the stock table that came with the saw. It was small and the mitre track in it was no more than 1/8” deep. I couldn’t ever rig up anything that would slide in that track. This ‘reno’ solves all of that.

Specail thanks to Olinemetals.com for all the aluminum bits and pieces and to ‘Jim’ JimatCavanaungh@cs.com who supplied me once again with 6 old Craftman cast iron table saw extensions that form the core of the base. I’ve used these in my workbench, my sliding table saw base, and now on this project. They are square, heavy, and can be drilled pretty easily. Jim seems to have an endless supply of these for sale.

Now I’m going to be keeping an eye out for any old fruit trees that get cut down. My challenge now is to figure out how long it’s going to take to dry out the rough lumber. The first step is to stack it correctly so that air can flow around each piece. After that, I don’t really know if I’m looking at months or years.

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