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Making a Bandsaw sled from hand tools and some powertools

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Project by Arlin Eastman posted 831 days ago 1718 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This will be a 3 week kind of post (I hope) of making a Bandsaw Sled.

I will take pictures of what I am doing as I make it.
It is for two purposes’
1. To help me push projects through the blade saftely, accurately and repeatable.
2. To help cut logs to lumber.

This is what I have done today.

First I cut a 3/4×4x8 sheet of Melamine. The cut was 3’x4’ for the sled the other 5’x4’ will be used later for a Table saw Sled

First I measured it out and taped the seam so it would not chip. I then used the clamp as guide so my Brother in Law could use his skill saw to cut it straight.

Second I cut a pine 2×4 to 60” and bolted it to the side of the Bandsaw. I drilled and tapped the holes so no nuts were needed.

Another picture head on
I then cut some 3/8”x36”UHMB into bars for the miter slot. I made them to 66” long to overlap the bottom by 3”

I then attached them to the Melimine and countersunk the top and used sheetmetal screws and epoxy to make sure it stuck. I did this to help the sled move and slide easier.

In the next two pictures I am using a block plane to smooth the wood down flat.
The shavings were very nice and thin.

That is it for now and I will post more on Monday afternoon after I do more.

Enjoy
Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.





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doncutlip

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#1 posted 830 days ago

Looking good so far, keep us posted

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 830 days ago

That looks like it should work but not sure about cutting logs with it. You need to have a way to fix them to the sled where they can’t roll or wander but I’m sure you’ve got a plan. Looks like you have that plane dialed in! Can I send all mine to you so they will work like yours when I get em back? LOL

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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mafe

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#3 posted 830 days ago

Looking good!
Look forward to see where it is going.
Hope you are fine and with a smile.
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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Arlin Eastman

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#4 posted 829 days ago

Thank you Don and Mads for the nice comments. :-)

Andy

Yes, you are right about having a plan, yes you can send me all of your logs as long as you are there too. ;-)

Here is more pictures of what I did Monday and Tuesday.

This is a picture of the top on top of the bandsaw table

Here I am making the top and the base of the stand and I still need to make the legs and stiffners

Here I made the legs from 2×4 and L angled them and screwed them together before I put them under the top and bottom. I then screwed everything together top and bottom. I also added the stiffners on the bottom and top of the cart to keep it square and ridged. At this point everything is square top to bottom.

Late Tuesday I had a Vet come over to my house to learn how to turn. Here are acouple of pictures of him in action.

I did not get as much done today as I wanted, however, I always have time to give a Vet some training when asked.

Now in the next few days I will be adding the Slider to help guide the sled straight on the process. After that I will be making the jigs for the top of the sled with T Track and plywood.

Thanks for looking
Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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Martyroc

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#5 posted 829 days ago

Looking good so far.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 829 days ago

Looking good Arlin and good job sharing your shop and knowledge with a fellow veteran.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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mafe

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#7 posted 829 days ago

Looks like a good network, and yes nothing like sharing our knowing and skills.
You are a good man!
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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Arlin Eastman

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#8 posted 826 days ago

Ok now
Here is Wednesday and Thursdays workings

First up after making the tabletop for the sled to set on, I made the guide rail that will be attached to the table also.

I had to measure how thick the UHMB was, to I use a piece of one next to the sled.

Now in the process of planing down with shoulder plane

After getting that done with about .15 play in between for not a tight fit and to slide well I added a board to the side of it. Not to high so the UHMB will be taller then the board so it can be attached to the side of the Bandsaw board

After that was done I added past wax to the whole inside area to keep it nice and slick.

Now with everything put together I made sure all sides were level.

OK
To finish off what I did Thursday I removed the UHMB that I had screwed to secure from the top, I did not like the way it was so I did it different.

First I Scribed a line on both sides of the UHMB and then used my Stanley 39 3/4 dado plane to creat a long dado.

I forgot to put the side Cutter blades down to precut the woodfibers/Melamine and some of it chiped out.

I then put the UHMB down on the track and found I did not cut it a perfect 3/4 so I then used my Stanley 39 7/8 to finish trimming again forgetting to set the Side Cutters to score the melamine.

Here is a finished picture and the 7/8

I said my mistakes so when you use yours Do Not forget to set the side cutters.

Arlin

PS – I glued it down with Thick CA glue and a shot of Accrelator now it is really stuck down.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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Arlin Eastman

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#9 posted 826 days ago

I had today off. I will be doing more tomarrow with more pictures.

Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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mafe

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#10 posted 826 days ago

Have a nice day dear Arlin.

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#11 posted 608 days ago

Hey Arlin…

... any more progress?

Getting stuff to post DOES take time…
... hope you’re doing good!

Merry Christmas &
Happy New Years

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Arlin Eastman

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#12 posted 608 days ago

Joe

To be honest I have not done anything but make 1 pen two days ago for my son in law to give away. The biggest part of my shop is at my other house and my father in laws (Now Deciesed 6 weeks ago) has a very very small 1 car garage.

My brother in law and son in law finally brought my turning table/lathe and tools to this house which we are now buying. I really do not know what I am going to do with all the tools and equipment. I still have to finish paying for my father in laws funeral and I would like to build a building for a workshop.

So very much has happened in the last 5 months to include moving here to take care of my father in law and me having to go back into the hospital again due to PTSD episode after my father in law knocked the bedaroom door down with a chair. I was sleeping at the time and when it happened my wife found me under the bed screaming for my guys to get down and trying to call for help.
Then I was told to leave TPW if I did not like it. Sorry day there.

Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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Joe Lyddon

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#13 posted 608 days ago

PTSD & TPW ???

Sounds like you’ve had a few problems… as usual…

After David left, were you able to do anything then?

Did you crawl under the bed for protection?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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