My recent battle with the cheap electric chainsaw, and subsequent redesign of my 36” crosscut saw’s handle have seen several people recommending I rive my huge logs with a simple wedge and sledgehammer system. I’d seen it done before, but had always thought the splits were messy – not an issue if I’m just making some turning blanks. I also feared that such shock-treatment of the logs would lead to microcracks and extra checking later. I’m probably just bein...
The following video was filmed on Sunday at the Canberra Timber and Working with Wood Show… in it you will be able to see Stan Ceglinski making a small cricket bat from Ash… using a Froe and Maul [a froe is a riving knife used for splitting palings or shingles and a maul or mall is a mallet used to drive the froe] This is just one of the many entertaining demonstrations that Stan puts on over the three days of the show… others include Various components of a treeSplittin...
The other day I was driving home and noticed a neighbor had cut back a tree and had some limbs at the curb. I see this fairy often and very rarely stop to grab anything in it’s raw state. I have a very limited space and have no means to resaw limbs into planks/boards. For some strange reason I stopped immediately, that tree looks different, I thought to myself, It didn’tLook like the other trees in my area… Hmmm I loaded up as much as I could fit into the back and head...
I decided to turn the shop inside out recently moving some things about and bringing out my shavehorse with a maple branch in hand. I have been yearning to get back on this horse needing to get some draw knife work in and let the shaves cover me with a wisdom that only nature hides inside itself. Handtool woodworking has some mysterious outlet of stress and satisfaction I gather only us newave hobbiest’s need to feed our efforts of taming its addicting applications. The drawing of th...
When i mentioned to my brother that i needed him to cut stuff with his chainsaw he came right over.. Keep in mind this wood is very very green. I sealed the endgrain to prevent checking.I used a draw knife to strip the bark off two thirds of the log before we started on the next step. He was so intrigued with the project he wanted one of is own as well, so I set him aside a log as well. I clamped the log down to some gluelam slabs I had outfront. We cut across the grain a...
Okay. I picked up an 8lbs. sledge hammer and axe, both with long, fiberglass handles, and 2 mauls. Back home, I tried in vain to pound the maul into a light check in the end of one of my large Chinese elm logs. It goes in about 1/4”-1/2”, but that’s it. Four separate large hits with the sledgehammer had the wedge bounce back out and twirl toward me at speed each time, once landing on my foot. Countless other blows fell to no avail. I also rolled the log on its side and tr...
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