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#1 posted 06-27-2012 01:29 PM

It’s oak, so why rip it, just split it. I sawed up a big red oak that wouldn’t fit on my sawmill. (not very many people own a portable sawmill that will saw a 48” log) To saw it, I split it down the center with a maple splitting wedge. I spent the better part of a day banging in 8” wedges that opened an existing crack just a tiny amount. So, back to the shop and I cut a maple wedge 8” wide at the thick end and 3’ long. I sledge hammered that wedge in and I was able to open the crack enough to put in a car jack that finished splitting the log. Here’s a blog post I made about splitting a 48” diameter red oak log.

I ended up with a lot of quartersawn red oak that will be ready to make into furniture soon. One issue is rolling a 1/2 or 1/4 section of log. They only roll on the round side. You can’t roll one with a cant hook.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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