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Forum topic by RICH GRABLE posted 11-15-2009 01:10 PM 778 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RICH GRABLE

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11-15-2009 01:10 PM

Hi guys, I just purched a new 14’ Rikon band saw. I need some info on cutting round logs, 2” to 10” in diameter. I had one catch,,,,,so far, my guess is that the emergency room for the 8 stiches in a finger cost about $2500- Ad the $600- for the saw, that makes about $3100- Anyway,,,,how do U crosscut round things without them catching? THANKS

-- RICH GRABLE


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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 11-15-2009 03:15 PM

Sorry about your accident. Ouch!!

Here’s what I do with logs. BTW this works for trimming the live edge at the table saw, also.

Make a sled.
Don’t know how to use sketchup, hope I can explain it.

Use a piece of 4”-6” by ? ply or MDF as the base. attach a same length piece to the base at a right angle. This forms the “back” and will be to the right of the blade as you face the teeth.
Your dimensions will be suited to the majority of the logs you wish to cut.
Lay the log on the sled. I drywall screw it to the sled from the back as you can’t clamp it and cut it too.
Make your first cut on the left side of the log so that you end up with one flat side. Doesn’t have to be a real wide (deep into the log) cut.
Then unscrew and turn the log flat side down. Make another cut.
At this point, I dispense with the sled and either use the fence or free hand the rest of the cuts.

Hope this helps.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 11-15-2009 03:31 PM

Here is a bandsaw sled posted by Bob #2. Using one of these makes slabbing out a log not only easier but also much safer. Occasionally I have had the blade get pinched but putting a wedge behind the blade is usually enough to open it up again.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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John Stegall

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#3 posted 11-15-2009 03:55 PM

Rich, I think you are probably talking about crosscutting a log instead of slicing it into lumber. If that is right, you need to make a U shaped sled with runner underneath it to slide in the slot on your bandsaw table. This will allow you to screw through the side of the U to prevent the log from rolling. I had a similar accident years ago that only ruined the bowl I was trying to cut the stub off of. I would be glad to help you make one, since you probably need to heal up first.

John

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 11-15-2009 04:32 PM

Nice sled by Bob#2, Scott. Much more elegant than mine, for sure.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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