I’d like to thank you, junipercanyon , for your advice on chain sharpening for ripping. Man, what a difference. I figured since you advised somewhere between 0 and 10 degrees I’d split the difference and go with 5 degrees. Slabbed all three in less time than it took me to do the first cut in Phase 1 of this project. This is some really fantastic wood I’m working with, and I can only hope to be able to score more of it in the future.
Step 1: Scribe the lines:
I used a laser line from a cheapo level I bought at Home Depot a long time ago. You can’t really see the red laser line in the photo, but it’s there.
With all the lines scribed (I used a magic marker to be able to see the lines better – I may use my grinder with the chainsaw wheel to make a “guide” cut next time), next I had to figure out how to get this thing set up securely. Used a dolly to transport (weighs in over 200 lbs, and I ain’t a gonna even try lifting it), and got it upright on a pallet:
Once I got it on the pallet, I decided for the first two cuts, I’d use a ratchet tie-down to hold it secure:
Now I was ready to rock and roll. First cut:
Some really nice grain:
The next step was trying to figure out how I’d secure the piece in order to make the last cut. It was too narrow to keep on using the tie-down, so I shimmied the thing around and hammered some impromptu chucks down on the flat sides of the piece to hold it steady:
Worked really well. The piece didn’t move at all, thank goodness. I’d have a lot of explaining to do to my wife if I had had another accident with the chainsaw (put a 61 stitch cut across my left knee a few years back – no sympathy for stupidity, though, cuz it was my own dang fault).
The results of the last cut:
Again, some really nice grain. I’m amazed at the variations. Beautiful wood, that’s for sure. Finally, I stickered them inside my shop just in case there might still be a little moisture I need to let dry out.
Next phase – routing them down with my router planer. Very satisfied so far. Just need to get a little more practice with slabbing. Am thinking about a little bit longer chainsaw bar as my 20” doesn’t go all the way through on some of these types of logs, and my 32” bout’ kills me whenever I use it.
Sorry it took longer than I thought it would to do phase 2. Phase 1 kicked my butt so hard, I had to let these old bones heal up a little before goin’ at it again.
Thanks for looking.