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Becoming a Galoot #3: Finally Apart

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Blog entry by scruboak51 posted 186 days ago 702 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.



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Randy_ATX

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#1 posted 186 days ago

Beautiful looking piece of wood – what kind is it?

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#2 posted 186 days ago

Wow, very impressed that you got through that. Also that you sharpened and tuned that saw up yourself.

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#3 posted 186 days ago

Nice work Scruboak51. I had a good laugh when I saw the straps holding the log in place as well as all the clamps.
I had very similar photos of my adventure with rip sawing an old cedar log with a very similar saw:
http://www.timberframe-tools.com/natural-timbers/rip-sawing-an-old-log/

I can’t wait to see what you turn your log into. Mine became a double chaise
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-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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