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I was trying to saw a small log (5" diameter) on a bandsaw, but was having a very difficult time keeping it flush on the table due to the irregularities in the log.

This question is different than "how to re-saw large logs" as I'm exclusively interested in bandsaw techniques and safety - not the broader aspect of re-sawing.

How could I have kept the log on the bandsaw table more effectively for both safety and quality of cut?

  • Bandsaw sled of some sort would be the answer as covered in this question... – Matt Feb 25 '16 at 12:38
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    Possible duplicate of How do I cut a 9"x9"x36" chunk of wood into boards? – Matt Feb 25 '16 at 12:38
  • @Matt I see the similarity but that question doesn't ask specifically "how to keep a log on a bandsaw table?" I also didn't see mention of a bandsaw in the question either. But, the answer by Rob does look like a good solution to my specific question. I'm not sure what to do in that situation (as I didn't find this answer myself when I searched for my own question). – NipFu Feb 25 '16 at 13:26
  • The question itself does not have to be a duplicate but I think you are asking a question which is resolved by the same answers. The answer suits your need which is why I flagged it. Others might not agree which is why the voting system exists. Robs answer was the one I wanted you to see. Could easily get more specific here. – Matt Feb 25 '16 at 13:36
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    Is there anyway to move Robs answer into this thread - or will it simply available in the form you presented above? I might have a hard time re-finding that answer if I don't remember to query the unrelated question. I will read more meta and usage stuff to get a grip on this. – NipFu Feb 25 '16 at 22:24
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Several times a year I rig my 14" bandsaw to resaw logs, usually up to 10" dia. and 4' long by removing the table from the saw and securing a 10' roller conveyor centered in place. (Sorry, I have no photos of it set up at this time).

Roller conveyor

I support the ends with 2x4 frames and bolt it to the saw table mounting brackets with some metal clips I made from scrap aluminum angles. The 10' length supports a 24" long sled (shown sitting on my table saw). I rigged wheels to the sled to keep it on track. To mount the logs I simply screw them to the fence on the sled (be careful not to place the screws in the path of the bandsaw blade). I also use wood blocks secured to the sled base and fence to keep logs from rocking. I whipped the sled up in a hurry so it has more play than I like which is most noticeable with logs longer than 4' where twist is possible. I found that it helps if I start with a profile of a log with a flat bottom. This increases the stability of the sled and log as it moves through the bandsaw.

Resaw sled

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  • I thoroughly enjoyed this answer. I think I was looking for something a little "simpler"(?) though. The answer Matt references, Rob's answer, seemed more like what I was thinking of. – NipFu Feb 25 '16 at 22:25

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