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Bandsaw "slicer"

Discussion in 'Jigs' started by Rick Wize, Aug 6, 2017.

  1. Rick Wize

    Rick Wize PRO Member

    Has anyone built a bandsaw jig similar to the accu slicer? I have a Mini Max S45N bandsaw with a unique size miter slot (12.5MM) & the accu slicer is out the question because of the miter slot size.

    I have some ideas I want to attempt, but thought I would see if anyone here has already attempted making a homemade jig similar.

    Thanks,

    Rick
     
  2. mfisher

    mfisher Super Moderator Staff Member

    I have not made a jig. I generally just use the band saw fence to cut the rings/slab. Then run them through a drum sander to thickness and get rid of saw marks.
     
  3. Bob Beaupre

    Bob Beaupre Super Moderator Staff Member

  4. Bob Beaupre

    Bob Beaupre Super Moderator Staff Member

  5. Art Bodwell

    Art Bodwell PRO Member

    I use a tenoning jig for splitting rings and cutting layers such as when doing a bowl from a board. Not my idea however, "borrowed" the idea from Wayne Miller;) (current president of Segmented Woodturners) upload_2017-8-7_12-58-4.jpeg
     
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  6. Rick Wize

    Rick Wize PRO Member

    Thanks. The thread on splitting rings was exactly what I needed to jog the brain! Especially the pictures of jigs.
     
  7. Mike Goldfine

    Mike Goldfine New Member

    Hi Rick,
    I know this is an old post, but maybe you will find it interesting. I've been experimenting today with an improvised bandsaw wedgie type sled with 2 fences and a stop stuck to the sled with double sided tape. The sled has runners that fit into the miter slots on my bandsaw table. I did this little experiment for 2 reasons; firstly to see if my digital protractor was accurate enough to use for setting the dual fences for angle that the Seg Easy wedges do not cover, and secondly to see what kind of joints I would get straight off the bandsaw just for fun. After I finished and came back from my shop I got a notice in the mail to pick up the wedges I had ordered from Seg Easy. Big coincidence!

    Below are a couple of photos of my sled, one with digital angle finder which I used to set up the 15 degree angle and the other with my brand new 15 degree wedgie. It fit perfect. I do not think the digital angle finder replaces the wedgies due to size, but maybe helpful with smaller 8 and 12 segment rings. BTW my bandsaw slots are also odd sized.

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    I cut some trial rings from pine to see how accurate they would be. I set the fences to 15 degrees and cut two different sized 24 segment rings. The only sanding I did on the segments was to remove the fuzzies from the cut edges. I was surprised and amazed that the segments fit perfectly. The quality of the joints are not quite as good as segments cut with a sharp tablesaw/mitersaw blade, but there are no gaps. The rough bandsaw cuts could probably be perfected with a few swipes of the cut edges on a flat sanding platter, but I didn't do that. I'm not sure the Accu Slicer could do much better. I have seen their videos and it seemed like a laborious process and probably pretty expensive. You of course will have to be the judge of that. The photos below show the rings I made. I glued them up using rubber bands. I had to make a simple nail jig to get the bands on the larger ring.

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    Last edited: Dec 29, 2017
  8. Rick Wize

    Rick Wize PRO Member

    Mike,

    Interesting post. Thank you for sharing. I was interested in the slicer to actually cut rings post glue up. My interest was to cut very thin slices of the completed rings to offset the results in a bowl pattern. Unfortunately, I have a Mini Max S45N which although is a sturdy Bandsaw has an unconventional miter slot (smaller than normal) & the slicer requires a different sized miter slot. On a separate note for anyone considering a Mini Max product, I also have had issues with the motor failing and no help from the Mfr (poor customer service on top of it). Thanks again, Rick
     

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