Going from Horizontal to Vertical in Freehand
....so here we go again, best grab your safety glasses, mickey mouse ears and put your chaps on, as we journey outside into the wonder-full world of workin’ with wood….
1) eye protection
2) ear protection
3) leg and groin protection
....and….if we were entering the woods to take some trees down….
4) head protection!
Safety is; having a good mental disposition….or right mindset!
Safety is understanding all those things that can go wrong and being ready, willing and able to deal with all those multiple possibilities that can come your way all at once.
Safety is knowing that the blow rag you carry or should carry out here, is more then for blowing ones nose and that this can be your first link to continuing your life, should things get out of hand….so choose your blow rag well! Ones blow rag, can be ones lifeline to continuing life!
Safety is understanding that the clothing one wears out here, is more than being of comfortable fit and so wear your layers and be able to shed and put back on, as your body tells you what it needs!
....safety, safety and more safety, the safety you forget, can be the last thing you ever forgot to remember.
Well, so here we are at where we left off last time, out here at the woodpile. This is where we are practicing the art of ‘freehand’ slabbin’ some maple up into slabs for future use in some bench’s and tops….
....I have my jig system in place for holding the log off the ground, what no store bought systems here….
....here one will notice the self made wedging system for holding the log upright and in position. Yes, there at the base where the log rests on the dogs, (dogs, a timber framers definition of the blocks he uses to hold and work his wood off of….some dogs have it, some dogs don’t and never will….)....
....we are now going to take a good look at what makes this form of ‘freehand’ slabbin’ so success-full in my opinion…..
....the log teeth on a chainsaw are what grips the saw in place to the log and though removed by many loggers, I retain them as this is what allows me to pivot my saw from a horizontal position to a vertical position in the technique of making these cuts….study what I am saying here and practice this, and one will be able to make these cuts without any-other need of jig! The method of ‘freehanding’ described herein is of my own design….never was taught it, first time I am showing it and yet I’m sure that there are many others out there using much the same approach. Ron....TreeBones has said; ”I also have the 395XP with a 36” bar that I use to rip (freehand) in half logs that are 48” and larger in diameter, then they will fit on my mill that will only take a 36” dia. log”....
....next I will make a mark in the log of where I am going to start my cut, here you see that I have notched the end of the log and stuck a knife therein to bring to your attention, ( please remember to remove the knife if you are taking photos….)....
....see how those teeth or dogs are setting on the log, as my cut is started in the horizontal position, I will slowly tilt the saw into the log using those teeth the keep my saw level and at a pivot point….
....one more shot here of the saw sitting on top of the log. Now lets start the saw up and make some chips of wood dust….
Safety minute brought to by RusticWoodArt:
I’m sure we’ve all seen those pictures of folks starting their chainsaws, with one hand holding the saw off the ground and then they take their other hand and pull the rope handle to get the saw started….BAD NEWS, you just failed my class….please collect your gear and go home! NEVER, NEVER EVER start a chainsaw any place, except for on the ground, if you want to remain all in one piece and live a healthy life….besides, I don’t want to have to clean up the mess….
....well the saws running and so we pick it up off the ground, place the saw on the edge of the log and after making a starter cut on my mark, I am now tilting the saw from it’s horizontal position to a continuous downward motion of cut in the vertical, (you have now entered the twilight zone, know your surroundings and for all those that would be around, make sure that they know….no distractions allowed) and please remember that down there on the ground below you, you have two feet which you are expected to keep….
....see how the saw is resting on those teeth….
....the teeth are what one is using here, to set up the cut and maintain the cut….it’s all about maintaining that pivot point….
....one will also notice now the saw bar sticking through the bottom of the log, this is a 24’’ bar and chain I am using here….if the log were larger I would step up to a 36’’ bar and chain. One point I will mention here and talk about later, is that it is due also to the length of the bar, I am able also to maintain a true cut, knowing how to use the length of the bar work for me, also makes the bar become my jig system for cutting slabs in the ‘freehand’....
....and one more of the end of the bar coming through the log….
....and on this point I will leave you with an-other slab photo and continue this again tomorrow….
....all my seeing is what lies before me….
”....work smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood….”
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/