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Mark Shultz

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#1 posted 06-28-2012 09:09 PM

doss, thanks for the advice. that will come in very handy.
i have been preparing the wife for life with a few slabs in the garage for a while but we shall keep the mulit-year requirement to ourselves for a while.

Regarding equipment and getting the landscaper to do it. turns out the landscaping company is actually a full fledged tree removal company. i know that’s not a sawyer but better than guys with a lawnmower and chainsaw in their truck. Their boss has told me he will leave the decision to the crew boss, to which i assume a good amount of harassment, a few beers, and a few dollars will be meaningful persuasion. I did find a place to rent a ripping blade equipped saw nearby – $60/day – so i am prepared with their excuses on that front. the same bribes should help get the beefy slabs into the garage across the street.

re cutting techniques, i’m guessing they have no jigs available. I was thinking that once they cut the upper portion and all the trunk down to the last 10’ or so, then they could vertically cut down the middle a few time then cross cut the bottom edges. sort of like pealing a banana standing on its end. ie the slab would be standing vertically alone on the base prior to the last cut. i just figured it would be easier that way, but i see in your photo that you did it horizontally. any thoughts on this??

re drying, and not warping.. my plan was put the slab(s) on 2×4s in the garage. if i can get two, then sticker them. any advice would be appreciated. i am guessing it to be very rough/uneven. to flatten, i was going to make one of the router jigs that i’ve seen on LJ to level a slab. and do this in somewhat near term so that it dries afterwards. being realistic with myself it will take me a month or so to get prepared to do that with all the other things i have going on. hopefully it wont warp before then. i assume its critical to do both sides concurrently?

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