After getting a nice deep and clean line to follow, I decided to stand this log on end to finish the cut. This was the most challenging aspect of the whole thing; as it’s got to be a good 250+ pounds (113 kilo’s) of deadweight. I resorting to using the car jack and some wood blocks to get one end as high off the ground as possible; then I use good old fashion muscle.
Once upright, I walked it over to a support beam and threw some clamps on the help hold things steady.
Sawing went much quicker as I was able to get good leverage on the saw; about and hour of sawing did the trick. Hearing that saw chitter against the concrete of the garage floor was a damn satisfying feeling. I was finally through!
The wood is nothing too spectacular; mostly straight grained with some Birdseye at the top; no rot which was a relief.
The left side has been treated with some mineral oil, the right side is unfinished. and that pile of saw-dust is all from ripping.
The kerf tracked pretty dead nuts on; the worst of it was down towards the base off by perhaps half a millimeter.
Not sure I am ready to forsake my power tools yet, but I do have an old bailey #6 plane that I could blow the dust off of. That should take care of the saw marks, and I’ve been wanting to try my hand at using card scrapers; so It’s possible this will be my first hand tool only project.
Well, thanks for reading, I’ll put some work in over this weekend and hope to have a new update in a few days.