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Forum topic by Jim Ganley posted 11-13-2015 11:38 AM 705 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Ganley

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11-13-2015 11:38 AM

I am attempting to make wood puzzles and need some advise on how to keep the cuts the same, I can rip hard Maple to 3/4” square and 20” in length and hold this measurement After ripping, I now need to cut the lengths to 3/4” blocks, I have built a cross cut sled but not impressed on the cuts which still require the block to be trapped between the blade and the stop block, I also have a Rikon 14” Bandsaw and this seems to work well but the blocks tend to develop a slight angle after a few cuts.
Getting the blocks exact is crucial to the puzzle.

-- Jim - Cushing, WI

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#1 posted 11-13-2015 12:38 PM

My choice would be a sliding cutoff sled. I have never had a problem with a piece being trapped between the blade and stop block. If I wanted additional control I would add a block to hold the piece in place.

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#2 posted 11-13-2015 12:41 PM

Try clamping a stop block to the band saw table, and use a crosscut sled to make the cut. With the sled in front of the blade, slide the workpiece so that when it overhangs the sled, it is against the stop the amount you want your cut piece to be. It won’t be trapped. Factor in the blade width.

Its the same way that I clamp a stop block to the tablesaw fence and make a cut using a miter gauge. It’s only against the stop for lining up the cut.

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#3 posted 11-13-2015 01:34 PM

Moving pictures worth a thousand words.

Pretty slick.

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#4 posted 11-13-2015 04:16 PM

I looked at You Tube and did not see that guess I was looking for something more high tech, that just might do it.

I do have to say that at the present time I am very skittish about getting near the blade

Be Carefull

-- Jim - Cushing, WI

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#5 posted 11-13-2015 04:50 PM

I’ve made a few and just used a crosscut sled with a stop block… similar to what Matthias shows here:
Precise table saw cuts to make a puzzle

Although, instead of making the different shapes, all the pieces were made square and then glued to final shape. Same concept though.


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#6 posted 11-13-2015 11:50 PM

I have it in the bag so to speak and the blocks of wood (3/4×3/4”) are coming out real close to the 3/4” which is a good feeling now I have to devise a way to glue the blocks, if I can get proficient at this I see a lot of puzzles in Christmas stockings. Thanks for the help
Cushing, WI

-- Jim - Cushing, WI

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