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I am trying to find a solution to making retractable stops on my bandsaw carriage.The ones that you push your log up against when sawing and when you make your second cut that guide your log to make the cut square to the first cut. I had grinded down some square tubing to fit inside another one with a tee nut to hold it at the desired height but its not working well due to uneven grinding.Just wondering what other guys have done? Is there a place to buy steel tubing that will fit inside a larger piece snugly and slide easily? In Canada?
In my oppinion the best system is when the Square arms can be fold up and down. If your arms are mounted on round bars, going across down in the bed, with the ends in bearings/holes in the frame. You can than have an arm with a screw on the topp, opposit the square arm, on that bar. You can find that design on the PILOUS CTR 550 Log band saw. That system is also much simpler to build and givs very good accuracy. It also keeps the log in a safe way, pinched between the arms by the screw. It can be designed so the Saw head puts the arms down before the blade hits the arm.
I'm no fan of those swing up log stops, like the vertical ones way better, keep in mind they don't have to be real tight just square when the log is pressed against the stops. I'd use a couple of 3/4 x 1-1/2 pieces of metal and weld some flat oron on both edges to guide them, Steve
Use a lever on the fase side of the log to get your 90 degree.
I ment to say ''face''. Also they sale seamless square tubing like they use for receiver hitches.
Can't find seamless square tubing anywhere,not any that will slide into another one snug anyway.
Like Steve says, they don't need to be snug. My mill has considerable play in the log stops, but is set to be square to the cross bunks when the log is pressing against it. Consider drilling the outside tubing & weld a nut on it. Use a bolt with lock nut to fine-tune the angle.
thanks guys for the help