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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 07-09-2017 02:52 AM 829 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The logs on the parkway, next to my Silverado, have to go, soon. Dad wants to get sprinklers and sod installed.
The logs have checked badly.
How cracked-through the logs are, I have no way of knowing without cutting into them. When these beasts (at least 1000 lbs apiece) landed where they rest, I envisioned slabbing them for table material.
My log-cutting apparatus consists of a 24” chainsaw with a crosscut chain. I have no ripping chain. I still haven’t invested in a chainsaw mill. Can’t seem to bring myownbadself to do it. Fear of disappointment.
So I start thinking about those little round tables that I’ve seen made from end-cut logs. You know. With a sort of tripod leg arrangement. Mebbees, that, I can do. Depends on how far in the cracks go, I guess. Cracks can be dealt with in any number of ways, from butterflies to fillers to alien intrusions, etc. I know what I’d do were I any good at carving: I’d stand the things up and carve on them. Alas, carving is still that far-off holy grail, for me.
Notion further:
Cross-cut said rounds, letting them fall apart at the cracks as they see fit, and get whatever turning chunks I can find.
Notion last:
Ask my Buddies of any notions they might have, including any fellow Jocks within a reasonable, Southern California, reach, that I may let them be someone else’s problem.
A question that just got flushed from the deeper grass:
How much weight can an automotive engine lift handle? You know. A cherry picker. If I could, somehow, get them up to the driveway, I’d have more time.
The bark popped off. Here’s how they look now:

The Nihilistic Notion:
Cut them up til they fit in the barrel.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 07-09-2017 02:56 AM

How about one of these

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-09-2017 03:14 AM


Some thoughts on your logs.

if you have some decent chains, you can pull them with a lawn tractor? Second thougt is if you cannot afford a kant hook as above using a 2×4 as a lever will help them roll. Cannot remember if you have a band saw? You can cut them into bowl blanks? Don’t need a full chainsaw mill like mine but you might do well with a ripping chain and a straight edge.

Good luck!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 07-09-2017 01:21 PM

I would at least cut some of it down to manageable size before giving up on it. Like you said, don’t know how far the cracks are but should be able to salvage something. If not, then we have fire wood.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 07-09-2017 05:35 PM

Hey Mark,

Sorry I cannot offer much help other than sympathy on this one. Parents have a way of messing up our best plans with the things they think are important (sod and sprinklers only lead to higher water bills, while those logs are potential income).

From the pictures it looks like the cracks pretty much cover the entire logs. Just for fun you might try slabbing them at an angle so you get long oval slab instead of rounds – might yield some interesting blanks for turning plates – or more firewood – or thousands of pen blanks. Ooh, here’s an idea if they break apart into small pieces when you cut into them – tiny custom turned doll house accessories – you could corner the market. :)

Tripod log table idea is nice (I actually have one that was made by someone else), fill the cracks with crushed stone or colored epoxy in designer colors.

Good luck, keep us posted, and we’re always here for moral support.


-- Leafherder

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 07-09-2017 05:57 PM

I think a cherry picker that lifts a 454 could lift one of those logs. See what the advertised rating is!!

I have a pile of logs in from of my barn that cracked like that and I think they are firewood. I covered them up but did hont have enough anchor Seal for all of them.

For those, I would cut off about 8” from one end and see if the cracks are in that far and then make a decision if you want to turn them with the remaining cracks if there are any.

For spitting them lengthwise, after you cross cut the log, spit them in half by cutting them on the side, not into the end grain. You get a lot of stringy ( long grain)wood clogging up inside your saw that you have to frequently clean out, but cutting with your regular chain is much easier.

Good luck…...........Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Mark Wilson

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#6 posted 07-09-2017 06:15 PM

Lew: I could probably rent one of those, but that would just get them into the gutter, possibly turned and rolled towards the driveway. Up the driveway, on the other hand, not gonna happen. I’m not that strong. Also, the one is so bent that I doubt it’ll roll at all.
Jim: Same goes with a cherry picker. I do think that cutting them into short enough lengths for cutting from the side, like you say, is a valid thought. The overall length of the logs is only about 46”.
I’m sounding like a nattering nabob of negativity.
Dave: Firewood? No fireplace.
Tom: 24” diameter. I don’t know anyone who has a bandsaw that big, outside a lumber mill. (There are no lumber mills around here.
John: A font of wisdom, as always. Oval is a cool idea. I’ll fire up the chainsaw when the heat settles down.

-- Mark

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 07-09-2017 07:27 PM

Hi Mark. I would not cut them lengthwise from the side for the whole length. After cutting of some of the end to find how far the cracks go, then cut off a piece as long as the they are round , and slice it down the side to make 2 pieces. They would make nice bowls!!
Or, if they seem to be cracked all the way, stand them up and get one of those chainsaw carvers to carve you a couple gnomes to stand by the side of your driveway. Cracks in gnomes are okay!! We have guy her in GR ( Bearclaw Jack) who could do a super job on them!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 07-09-2017 08:07 PM

Good luck with this one mark, I fear (looking at the outsides) you’re going to find those cracks just keep going.
Hope I’m wrong

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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