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Author Topic: Has anyone cut oval table tops on a bandmill?  (Read 643 times)

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Has anyone cut oval table tops on a bandmill?
« on: October 08, 2017, 07:02:52 am »
I'm thinking of cutting a log to produce an oval table top. I anticipate using a log about 24" dia and 5 to 6 feet long. I know it won't be truly oval at that length but it is the rounded ends that I am after. Has anyone done this or something similar? Can you show pics of the setup on a bandmill and final results? I plan to cut nearly the maximum diagonal I can so pics of how you supported  the log would be important. Thanks,
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Re: Has anyone cut oval table tops on a bandmill?
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2017, 08:30:12 am »
Bob, there is a guy on youtube that shows how he does it. I've watch it several times and would like to try but with the hyd on my mill I don't think I can do it. I might try it one day with my slabber mill.
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Re: Has anyone cut oval table tops on a bandmill?
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2017, 08:52:47 am »
Ricky,
Do you have a link to that? I goggled the subject but didn't get what I asked for.
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Re: Has anyone cut oval table tops on a bandmill?
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2017, 08:54:15 am »
Lucas 6-13+slabber, Mr. Sawmill bandmill, orange chainsaws, JD SSL, Case Backhoe, farm tractors, trailers, and 150ish acres of trees.  Fledgling woodshop with CNC router, laser engraver, Woodmaster 712, and a Berlin 108 moulder (project).  Oh, and a lovely (patient) wife and four offbearers.

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Re: Has anyone cut oval table tops on a bandmill?
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2017, 09:26:23 am »
Thanks,

That's what I wanted! Glad I asked - now I will anticipate the tipping point...and work how to stabilize the log.

hmmm - wonder if sweetgum would be better behaved if it were subjected to this kind of sawing?

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Re: Has anyone cut oval table tops on a bandmill?
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2017, 10:10:14 am »
Cookies always crack. I'm sure the dynamics of a cookie cut on a diagonal will different but will still have a propensity for splitting.
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Re: Has anyone cut oval table tops on a bandmill?
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2017, 11:12:45 am »
Ovals are much better behaved than rounds.  Not perfect, but much better behaved.
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