Rescued Wood #3: And so I Slab the Tree

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Blog entry by PG_Zac posted 11-25-2009 10:39 PM 2070 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: A New Fallen Tree for Harvesting Part 3 of Rescued Wood series Part 4: Windfall this morning - Yellowwood »

I didn’t get to the Wild Plum on the weekend due to other more pressing matters that demanded my time. Fortunately, the Council hadn’t tackled the fallen tree yet, apart from clearing up some of the mess.
The Trunk behind me in this pic is the one I slabbed today.

I had to cut some pieces off

to make it possible to slab the tree.


Step 1
Attach a guide rail to the log and start the Alaskan jig on the rail ensuring that the chain is set far enough down to miss the screws holding the rail in place.


Step 2
Cut all the way to the end using wedges to keep the kerf from crimping down on the bar & chain.

Lift off the slab & admire the wood inside the log


Step 3
Now set the cut depth to suit your requirements, and run the Alaskan on the newly cut face

and repeat step 2

Continue repeating steps 1-3 until you reach step 4

Step 4
Sharpen the chain as often as necessary

Some pics of the stash – Note that these slabs are 7 cm (almost 3 inches) thick

Has anyone ever found Spalting in a LIVE tree before???

This wood is SUPER wet and heavy.

It needs no excuse to crack while drying, so I need to paint these ends tomorrow morning.

I had two mechanical failures today, so I didn’t get all the slabs I intended. I’m away for the day tomorrow so I really hope the Council doesn’t take “my” tree away before I get back to it.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#1 posted 11-25-2009 10:49 PM

pretty amazing grain patterns and colors there. great score!

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#2 posted 11-25-2009 10:52 PM

so beautiful…reminds me that i really need to start cutting up ‘n turning that yellowwood! =] hope your score doesn’t get snatched up, now that the beauty is exposed! i missed out on about a truck load of that podocarpus, i figure i can’t be greedy though =] look forward to what you make of it in the future..

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#3 posted 11-25-2009 11:11 PM

beautiful ,
great score !

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#4 posted 11-26-2009 12:25 AM

Fantastic Wood! I’m glad to see you’re not playing around and are wearing proper attire… Good Man!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 11-26-2009 01:56 AM

I agree, great score and beautiful wood! Love the jig as well.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#6 posted 12-01-2009 01:13 AM

Oh my! What beautiful wood. Great find!

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#7 posted 12-01-2009 01:22 AM

Great wood and interesting blog.

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#8 posted 12-04-2009 04:18 AM

Beautiful slabs and good to see that you are wearing proper gear.

I suppose the tree might not have been completely alive if it was already spalted? or it was diseased?

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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