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Posted on Cross Cutting Small Logs On The Band Saw

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#1 posted 09-19-2013 01:20 PM

I think I know what you’re asking here, it’s the instability of the log that is your concern. I too plan to use some logs I have to get some small thinnish planks for delicate projects.
I’d chainsaw a flat side and run it through the joiner so I could get a flat surface on the BS table. With a good flat side you can then cross cut on a miter saw provided the log isnt too thick, and from there you can cut some nice 1/2 inch planks on the BS.
Basically you’re a mini mill and you have to think like a miller. You can get lots of interesting cuts this way, quartersawn, and so forth. I’d start with a chainsaw and a very large log, cut it down to size and get me some flat sides and mill some wood.

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