My parents had a couple of sugar maples get diseased and had to come down. I begged them to let the local sawyer take it down, but they were afraid it was rotten inside. They had a local tree service come and saw them down, leaving the wood behind. I grabbed a truck load of the logs to attempt to make my own project lumber out of it.
I started out by taking a chainsaw and removing one edge to give me a working surface for later.
I then split the log into sections that I can work with on the table saw. This section is roughly 4.5”.
Once I have sections I can work with, I screw in a 2×4 to give me a flat edge that I can use with the fence.
After a few passes, I get the full 3” of the table saw blade through the log. This has only made a dent in removing the first piece.
Using my jigsaw, I make a notch in each end so I can mark with a chalk line. This isn’t really helpful, but I’m compelled to do it anyways.
The reason the chalk line isn’t useful is because the jigsaw naturally follows the cut made by the table saw. I let the jigsaw do all the work, and it follows the cut on the bottom from the table saw.
I’m now ready to take off my first piece. You all should know how to do this part.
Next, I throw it through the planer to clean it up.
The jointer makes quick work of the sides.
Here’s the finished product, ready to dry out. This one sure looks like curly maple to me!