How to cut diagonal slabs from large branch

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Forum topic by Elksniffer posted 02-11-2016 11:03 PM 326 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-11-2016 11:03 PM

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I want to cut some slabs, maybe not right terminology, from 3-4” diameter branchs. The slabs would be roughly 10” long, 3-4” tall and roughly 5/8” thick and cut on the bias or diagonally across the branch. I would like to do it on the bandsaw and safely but not sure how to support the work. I suppose I could make a small sled and screw the branch on at a diagonal, cut a slab and then reposition the branch to cut another. Or I could put a fence diagonally on the table, but back to screwing the branch to a sacrificial board. I’m not stuck on the bandsaw idea so any ideas would be welcome. I have used a chainsaw to do this prior but then I have a fair amount of cleanup to get two parallel faces. Thanks

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#1 posted 02-12-2016 01:35 AM

A 12” mitersaw should do that with less need for jigs like the bandsaw. Just clamp the branch securely to the fence. Cutting round stock on the bandsaw without a good jig is not a safe technique.

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