A Better Bandsaw Sled

I looked at different kinds of bandsaw sleds on the internet, yet I wasn’t pleased with the setup of any of them.  So I made some improvements on the ideas I found.100_1141

The first thing to do is make a trip to the lumber store for a mis-cut or damaged formica counter top.  You’ll want something to slide easily on the bandsaw table.

Also I used some PVC board (from Lowe’s) for the guide to slide in the bandsaw’s miter gauge slot.100_1132

The sled I made is 36” x 19”.  This allows you to cut 36” logs.  Any longer would just make it too heavy with 6” or bigger diameter logs.100_1212

The green  log support is 5-1/2” high.  The green 2×3’s that the ½” allthread rod is bolted on to, must be perfectly square to the base.  This is critical so the log support won’t tip when the allthread is tightened on the 2×3’s.100_1216

The distance from the face of the 2×3’s to the upright back is important.  I made it to match the length of the bit driver for my impact driver.  You will always want to drive the screws into the log straight, so the log won’t lift off the sled.  I use 1-5/8” deck screws.  As you can see you must extend the allthread all the way out in order to have room for the impact driver.100_1231

You’ll need  to drill plenty of screw holes in the back since each log will rest against the back at different spots.100_1215

The unique feature of this sled is that you can accurately shift the log over a set amount after each cut.  This allows you to make many boards of the exact same thickness.100_1213

You can tighten two nuts together on the allthread to lock the nuts in place on the allthread.  To adjust the log support, first loosen the nut on the inside of the green log support.100_1214

Then turn each allthread, equal amounts, to whatever thickness board you want. This picture shows me doing this on the workbench, however you will be doing this on the bandsaw, after making your first cut.100_1235

 

Now tighten the nut on the inside of the green log support, while holding on to the other end of the allthread. It doesn’t need to be extremely tight.100_1233

To turn the allthread through the unpainted  2×4, I simply chiseled a square hole for the 1/2″ nut.100_1130

100_1128 Sandwich the nut in place with a piece of plywood.100_1213

The sled rails are not attached to the bandsaw.100_1134

They are just bolted together on each side of the bandsaw so they won’t slide back and forth.100_1137

I ripped some strips of the formica, left over from the bandsaw sled, to line the tops of the sled rails.100_1138

I used ¼” drop in anchors in the 2×4’s so that I could easily assembly and disassemble the rails with ¼” bolts.100_1139

I changed the end support at the floor to a flat metal strip so that I wouldn’t trip on anything when stepping into the middle of the rails, when pushing on the bandsaw sled.100_1184

Make sure you set anchors up high enough in the 2×4 so you don’t split the 2×4.100_1183

The legs closest to the bandsaw need to be adjustable to fine tune the height at the bandsaw.100_1140

These rails can be broken down to store without using up much space.100_1191

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