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Project by SFLTim posted 01-18-2013 02:14 AM 3580 views 42 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think I have awakened a new passion in my life. I’ve become instantly addicted to sawing logs into lumber with my new Grizzly G0513 X2 17” Bandsaw. So I built this somewhat crude, but effective “log sled” to mount my victims. The sled base is a 36” x 15” piece of 3/4” sand ply. The fence is 10” high and also 3/4” sand ply. The combined height of the base plus fence height is 10 – 3/4” which is just shy of the 12” cutting capacity of the bandsaw, so it serves as a good gauge for the size of logs I can and can’t resaw. The single runner is a piece of ultra high density plastic “Starboard” which fits perfectly in the miter slot. The t-track setup allows the fence to adjust to various size logs to be cut. The front edge of the sled is about 3/16” shy of the bandsaw blade and I set up the log’s first cut to hang over about an inch so that I can get a nice square side to start the process. I then rotate the log 90 deg, and mount the log with the sawn side on the base of the sled to square another side and have the log ready for regular resawing operations on the bandsaw fence. It works like a charm. It’s crude like I said for now. I simply mount the log by drilling and screwing in a couple of wood screws to temporarily hold the log to the fence. I’ve seen other more sophisticated log sleds that have end attachments to hold each end of the log as it passes thru the saw. Those are fine, and I will figure out a way to modify mine to that way soon.

The photos show a Mango Tree log I resawed into 1” slabs. This had been seasoned (drying) for about 18 months, and I think it really is some pretty wood I will use in a box or small cabinet in the near future. Thanks.





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#1 posted 01-18-2013 02:39 AM

Great jig

-- Norman

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#2 posted 01-18-2013 02:41 AM

Nice. I’ve been wanting to try this, myself. Nice to see your success. (And, we have the same band saw. Love it!)

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#3 posted 01-18-2013 02:47 AM

Mike, I love my Grizzly Bandsaw! What a nice piece of accurate and heavy duty equipment. Good luck with your projects!

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#4 posted 01-18-2013 03:16 AM

Great idea with the track…...good job!

-- Once in a man's life you should have a good dog, a good horse and a good woman. The trick is to get them all together at the same time

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#5 posted 01-18-2013 03:25 AM

Man I am envious of that 12’’ clearance!!! Mine only goes to 6’’ high. Love the jig and it looks like it does a great job. That wood looks nice too. Pretty grain and oughtta make a great box.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 01-18-2013 03:37 AM

Nice Jig, I too am a bit envious of that cut capacity. I would certainly be making one of those if I had a saw that size. Love to work with wood I have cut myself.

Look forward to seeing the project you get out of your cuts.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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BAKTHAVATHSAL KADAMBI

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#7 posted 01-18-2013 07:58 AM

Great. I have only a bench top 5” Band Saw in my shop. apart from 4×4s, i can only attempt resawing thck Bamboo to slices for some fancy weaving.

-- ALPHA-ZEE CREATIONS

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#8 posted 01-18-2013 09:20 AM

Nice job, Sawyer Tim! I bet you will enjoy using that wood.

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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#9 posted 01-18-2013 11:07 AM

Resawing is FUN
and that looks like a great way to do it

Nice job

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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#10 posted 01-18-2013 11:34 AM

thanks for sharing your jig.

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#11 posted 01-18-2013 11:43 AM

That sure is a nice band saw and what a way to put it to good use. Nice going.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 01-18-2013 12:08 PM

A very effective and well done jig. Some nice slices there. That Mango has some very nice grain

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#13 posted 01-18-2013 12:36 PM

It may be simple but it looks like it works great. I’ve been wanting to make one of these for a while…thanks for the inspiration.

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#14 posted 01-18-2013 01:13 PM

Thanks for the comments. I will be cutting some other tropical logs I’ve been curing soon. I will post a blog to show what they look like when opened up.

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#15 posted 01-18-2013 01:56 PM

great project. I have often thought about resawing logs. Thanks for the idea about a log sled.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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