|Project by jeffwedekind||posted 10-09-2013 08:07 PM||11259 views||69 times favorited||19 comments|
This is a very utilitarian log sled I built for a floating shelf project I am working on. (spoiler alert, Christmas present for the house)
I used to just screw the logs to whatever scrap of plywood, or 1x I had lying around that fit the need of the day. I decided I needed something a little more accurate and square, so here is my solution based on a number of examples here on LJ.
The sled will handle logs up to 20” long, and I wish I would have made it longer, but that’s the length of scrap I had on hand. It is designed to run along the fence on the inside of the blade, but can easily enough be modified to run along the miter slot or table edge, if the need arises.
The “D” handle is fixed and the end is adjustable by moving the hanger bolts to another pre-threaded position.T-bolts in each position would have been great, but hey, I’m cheap. The pair of $.59 hanger bolts can be moved easy enough. There are six pre-drilled holes in each of the ends, and I simply run long screws through whichever ones are needed to fix the log from moving during cutting. two in each end barely piercing the log hold just fine.
I eventually added parralel lines (not shown) along the body of the sled to help with accuracy. Teamed up with a well tuned saw, this sled works well enough for me. The last photo is an example of the kind of shelf i’m going for.
-- Jeff, eastern Wa