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    Holding log steady while sawing

    Does anyone have suggestions on how to hold a piece of log steady while trimming it down for the lathe. For instance it is pie shaped and I want to saw the corners off, because my harbor freight lathe can't handle the imbalance. I can't hold it steady and saw it at the same time.

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    I think I saw this in the AAW magazine, but if you take a fairly large pipe flange and a piece of pipe, say 10" long that is inserted into a heavy base, then you use some good screws to attach the pipe flange to the piece of wood you want to trim, much like a faceplate, then spin the pipe flange onto the 10" piece of pipe, an you have a stand that you can get at all sides of the chunk of wood.

    Then there is this stand.......

    http://www.laymar-crafts.co.uk/tip33.htm

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    What kind of saw are you using? Chain saw or bandsaw? For a chain saw, I made a stand patterned after the one Stu linked to. It works great. For the bandsaw, I have this:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    What kind of saw are you using? Chain saw or bandsaw? For a chain saw, I made a stand patterned after the one Stu linked to. It works great. For the bandsaw, I have this:

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    hey sir vaughn how are you holding the jig in place on your table?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    What kind of saw are you using? Chain saw or bandsaw? For a chain saw, I made a stand patterned after the one Stu linked to. It works great. For the bandsaw, I have this:

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    Cool Vaughn!

    Did you design that or is that from another plan?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    What kind of saw are you using? Chain saw or bandsaw? For a chain saw, I made a stand patterned after the one Stu linked to. It works great. For the bandsaw, I have this:

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    ooh, I've got to build one of those... that looks sharp!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post

    Then there is this stand.......

    http://www.laymar-crafts.co.uk/tip33.htm

    Cheers!
    I built one of these to hold my logs - kinda similar to it anyway... I have about 2 tons of logs to cut up for blanks... it works pretty good... mine isn't as neat and pretty and this one, but it works for me. Really wish I had had a little extra lumber and could have raised the height about a foot, my back gives out after a couple of hours on mine because it's too low.

    I don't know for sure where I saw it, but I saw a sled built for working on a bandsaw.
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    hey sir vaughn how are you holding the jig in place on your table?
    It's got a runner of UHMD plastic that rides in the miter slot on the bandsaw (and into the table extension I built). You can see the end of the black plastic runner in the first pic. If you want, I'll post more pics of it later tonight when I get home.

    Pete, it's my "interpretation" of one or more plans I found floating around the 'net.
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    That's better than the sled I was thinking about.. I'll need to put a riser in my 14" bandsaw before it will work for me though.. great idea.
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    Hey Vaughn.

    I like that jig. I assume that the three long bolts on each side are to give three fixing points at the usually irregular shapes so that it doesn't move at all.

    I guess that that same jig could be used for ripping logs as well
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