Dec 26, 2011

Hines Farm - Homemade - DIY - Band Saw Milling Sled

Pipe clamp band saw sled mill.

Pipe clamp band saw sled mill, right end.

Pipe clamp band saw sled mill, left end.

36" log held by sled

3 completed slabs, 36" x 2 1/2" x 8"

Big shootout and thanks to for their post on their making a Bandsaw Milling Sled !!!

With modifications to suit my needs, I made a similar sled.

I utilized  4' x 16" x 3/4" plywood to mount 3/4" x 3/8" x 4' aluminium miter slide on underside.

I added a piece of 3/4" x 5' black pipe, with a deep reach pipe clamp set. I added a 13" x 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" steel angle attached to each clamp end with a set screw shaft collar (1-1/8" ID, 1-3/4" OD). To hold the pipe, I used 4 pipe clamp saddles.

The sled can mill logs up to 54" long and produce slabs, up to 12" wide by various thicknesses.

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1 comment:

JD Roberts said...

Great post, great idea. When I first started looking, I was thinking "What!! You can use a band saw like a milling machine!" I'm such a fool ;-) Your clever jig lets you use it like a small-scale SAW MILL. Fantastic if you have some small hardwoods growing on your property.

Jet Band Saw