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Workshop tip: Door hinges are the important thing to this log-milling jig

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For some time now I’ve been utilizing a sliding bandsaw jig to slice boards from small logs—as much as 12 in. dia. and 6 ft. lengthy. The important thing to the operate of the jig—which is only a piece of three/4-in. plywood with an extended miter-slot runner connected—is utilizing massive door hinges to connect the log to the platform. The hinges are connected to blocks, which you’ll screw down shortly anyplace alongside the size of the jig. Attaching the hinges to the log is simply as quick, making it straightforward to vary the log’s place for various cuts. The setup additionally requires some type of outfeed assist, with a niche to accommodate the runner. I screw two items of irrigation hose to the tops of my work stands to perform this. For bigger logs I reposition the log for every new reduce. For smaller ones, I flatten two faces at proper angles, put the jig apart, and run these faces towards the fence and desk from there.

milling log with a jig

—JEREMY FOATE, Christchurch, New Zealand

Illustrations by Dan Thornton
From Nice Woodworking difficulty #291


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