I didn’t want to waste any time slabbing up some of the minilogs I cut out of the mystery branches I found last week, so Saturday I had a go at it. Very exciting. I had some split pieces, so I sanded them up on my belt sander.
I set up a little resawing jig by laying a strip of plywood down against the bandsaw fence as a zero-clearance surface, and that’s about it. I used a push stick to help guide the mini logs along.
And that’s it! Mini planks, with some band saw blade grease on them:
You’ll want to get your slabs stacked and stickered right away:
I made the toothpick sized stickers out of some strips that had ripped out of a split piece of the same log:
You’ll want to leave these to dry for a good 4 to 5 hours, up to possibly a full day, and it helps to put something heavy on top to keep them from warping. Here I’ve used a 1/4-20 nut, and star drive bit:
I managed to get some extremely thin resaws out of my simple bandsaw with its cheap, included, generic 'wood' blade. This example is thinner than a credit card:
A dust mask is essential. I had nearly a tablespoon of sawdust after all of this resawing work!
I’ve a small forest of resawing work to be about still, but in the meantime, I think I need to get to work on that very tiny, natural-edge top hall table :)
A couple more shots, not unlike these in the Flickr set. And now I need to go get this tongue out of my cheek, before it gets stuck there.
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator