Mid Columbia Wood Turners

Kelly Craig's Bandsaw Log Jig

1) Every log sled relied on the miter slot to make straight cuts. Since most saws have the miter slot to the right of the blade, the log is, of course, cut to the right of the blade. This puts the weight of the log out near the end of the table on an already top heavy band saw.

2) Most sleds require a lot of material to construct. Either you must, initially, build a sled big enough for all logs you cut, or build a new one, when you deal with bigger logs. For example, when I made my first sled, I was working with logs small enough to be milled in a stock, fourteen inch band saw. The logs were less than six inches in diameter and no more than fourteen to sixteen inches long.

After adding a riser block, which allows me to cut logs up to twelve inches in diameter, I needed a sled with the capacity to handle the larger logs.

3) Log sleds take up a lot of room to store.

For the foregoing reasons, I set out to come up with a jig or sled that both allowed me to cut on the left side of the fence, use scraps or a minimal amount of materials, and end up with an easy to store sled. This is what I came up with, and it works. I used scrap plywood, bar clamp, such as are sold by Harbor Freight and Pony, and a couple screws

Like other log sleds, this one attaches to the log and stabilizes it. For the most part, that is where the similarity between my sled, or jig, and others ends.

Rather than follow the miter slot, this jig follows the fence.

The clamp is only needed to stabilize the log, so it doesn't roll. If the log is allowed to roll, it will destroy your blade and could be dangerous if your hand were anywhere near the blade and pulled right (cutting on the right of the log) or left (cutting on the left of the log) into it.

When using this jig, if you make your initial cut using the fence and to the left of the blade, on the side where the clamp secures the log, the blade will push the fence down, against the table. So the log cannot roll, if the clamp is secured adequately. If you make your first cut on the right side of the blade, the blade will want to pull the log down on the right, thus lifting the jig. Questions: Kelly Craig [dejure@smwireless.net]


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