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Project by jeffwedekind posted 326 days ago 5780 views 62 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 326 days ago

Nice build on the sled. I may have to add the D handle to mine. It looks like you would get a much better grip and feel with it. Thanks for sharing.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#2 posted 326 days ago

Great job. I really like the D handle as well. Looks like it would allow more control and safer as well. I will def be adding this to mine as well

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#3 posted 326 days ago

Nice slead – I also like the ER in the background.

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#4 posted 326 days ago

YES – best I’ve seen – good job and thanks!

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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#5 posted 326 days ago

Great sled. I love it. Very sturdy. Now I need to make a better one after seeing this one!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 326 days ago

Very nice bandsaw sled Jeff….another another workshop project to add the my to do list.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#7 posted 326 days ago

Very handy.

Just today I watched a video with a similar sled.

(I found the link in some thread here on LJ. Maybe it was even your link …)

I think the sled would work equally well as a true and square edge guide for a chainsaw mill jig. Ill give it a try.

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#8 posted 326 days ago

Good Going Jeff!
One of those is on my short list of things to make and yours (with the handle especially!) is as good as any design I’ve seen… Thanks a bunch for sharing it!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 326 days ago

This design solves all the problems I was concerned with when sketching out a resaw device of my own. May I borrow them? Great project!!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#10 posted 326 days ago

So Jeff, this sled looks like it rides between the fence and the blade? Curious as to why you didn’t put a miter sled on it for the miter slot?

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#11 posted 325 days ago

I like it. GREAT job.

-- What one man can do, another man can also do.

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#12 posted 325 days ago

Wow guys,
Thanks to you all for the praise. I admit I was very surprised, and honored, by the attention as it is so utilitarian compared to all the amazing jigs on this site.

I have been a lurker here for a few years now and get so much inspiration from the great folks on this site. I have just now figured out how to get photos from my phone to my computer,(don’t laugh :) ) and then onto this site without it taking me a whole day so I’m looking forward to contributing more.

Bags- Thanks, I love that ole ER10. It was my first “real” tool. It’s relegated to just a disc sander, and occasional lathe, but it has a prominent spot in my shop. Too many resto. hours to ever get rid of it.

Poopiekat- It certainly is not my original, as evidenced by WoodDwellers link…I in fact borrowed aspects I like from many sleds here on this site. I’m honored that your would consider “borrowing” from me.

Randy- I decided to run my sled off the fence so that If I needed to re position the cut I could simply move the fence without having to re position the log. It just seemed easier. I was curios whether controlling it with my left hand would be problematic, but I find that I use my right hand just behind the blade feather board style and push with my left. Its very comfortable,and tracks well.

Again, thanks to all LJ’ers for the inspiration. I love this place!!!!!

-- Jeff, eastern Wa

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#13 posted 172 days ago

Hey Jeff, thanks for the comment on my floating shelf project. So I had to come check out your stuff.I really like this log saw sled, hope to build one someday myself, but the bandsaw has to show up first. So I take it from your comment that this is the log that is not on the wall yet? You mentioned that you wished you had the option to add the top. Well the top is just a box that slides over the frame that I built and screwed to the wall. Looking at your log I’d guess that you could do something similar by hollowing out the backside of the log, probably auger and chisel, like cutting out a timber frame mortise. Anyway just a thought. I am interested in your plan to hang these. I’m always looking for ideas as I have a least two more floating shelves planned for another wall.

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#14 posted 172 days ago

Thanks Herb.

I’ve been thinking of something similar to what you are suggesting. One idea is to hog out an area that would fit over a cleat I attach to the wall. Maybe a 2×2 or so. I’m not totally sold on that though because I prefer not to have to pin/screw through the log. There are 6 of them so I prefer a fairly easy approach.(Not asking too much, am I?)

Truth is I haven’t come up with an idea that I’m willing to commit to yet, so the project continues to be on hold.

So it goes, they continue to sit in the shop constantly reminding me to keep thinking.


-- Jeff, eastern Wa

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#15 posted 170 days ago

Jeff, the other idea that I thought of is to use pipe or heavy dowels. Make a flat piece 1/4 inch metal plate or 1 inch wood. Then attach either pipe or dowels. This could be mounted to the wall. Then slip the log shelf over the pipe/dowels. You only have to drill two holes on each instead of hogging out the back. You would have to hog out just the recess instead of the whole thing. Or if wood you could make it bigger than the dimensions of your log shelf for some decorative effect. Just a thought, have fun.

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