|Project by LelandStone||posted 11-19-2011 10:50 PM||4071 views||6 times favorited||10 comments|
Inspired by, among other things, info I’ve found here at Lumberjocks, I finally broke down and built a sled for milling lumber on my band saw. It is dirt cheap, mud simple, and yields results that, while unlikely to earn me a cover shot on Fine Woodworking, mean I can turn firewood into turning- and carving blanks.
The sled is made of 3/4” ply with a runner on the bottom which fits my band saw’s table slot. In use, the sled merely holds the log while the sled is slid past the blade, thus imposing a plane on the log’s end or side. From there, an adjacent plane, at more or less 90 degrees, may be cut and the log turned into small planks or turning blanks.
In the third pic you see some nice olive and lemon wood slabs, their ends shellacked and waiting to dry. Curiously, while the logs I’d milled had been in my garage for +/- a year or so, they were still quite moist inside. I don’t know what the moisture content was as a percent, but a paper napkin laid on the freshly-sawn blanks would have shown a wet spot.
-- Leland, OC Calif., www.safetyshowerbars.com