It’s Been a while since I’ve split logs. When I was growing up, I lived in a farmhouse that was heated by a furnace and a fireplace. I cut, split, and stacked a lot of wood. I got 3 big red oak logs and one big sycamore log this week. All 4 are big enough to quartersaw and one is so big, that it has to be split to make it small enough to fit on my sawmill. It got easier after I made some big hard maple wedges.
My neighbor across the road lives in a log home that was built in the eary 1800’s. The original kitchen was a fireplace in the center of the house. It was an open walkway between two big rooms. Later they built a kitchen in a separate building behind the main house.
After it was spread open enough with the maple wedge. I put a scissors jack in the split and forced the log into two big slices. It’s a small log, only a little over 4’, but it should make a good supply of quarter sawn flat boards. You can see the sycamore log laying in the background.
The split is 36” long and each half is 24” wide. I should get 3 or 4 quartersawn boards at least 20” wide. I’ll know tomorrow when I saw again.
Here’s the other two red oak logs that will be quartersawn. They are just over 30” wide, so they’ll saw without splitting them first.
It was almost 100 degrees here today. The only way I could stay cool was to freeze bottles of water and take frequent water breaks in the shade. It was hot work, swinging a sledge hammer and splitting this log. I sure hope the wood is worth the effort.
-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com