What type of power saw do I use to rip cut Redwood rounds?

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07-13-2015 04:57 AM

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I have several Redwood rounds that id like to cut into boards. What type of saw do I use to do this? I searched YouTube, but all I found there was to use a table saw. A table saw blade isn’t wide enough to get through the diameter of the round.

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#1 posted 07-13-2015 05:06 AM

I do it with a chainsaw. Just cut a little alder a few weeks ago. There is a lot of waste but the wood is free. By waste. I mean the saw kerf plus getting the broad flat after the cut. I just eye ball it, take it slow and it works pretty well. Using a regular chain you get a lot of fine dust and it is a bit slower than cross cutting a log ;-)

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#2 posted 07-13-2015 07:14 AM

A chain saw is not a bad way to make a flat side on a log, but then I’d want to use a bandsaw for the boards. The chain saw is not only slow at ripping, there’s a lot of waste. A chain saw mill will let you make reasonably straight, flat boards, but definitely not the easy way to do it.

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#3 posted 07-14-2015 12:32 AM

Depending on the size, you could use a bandsaw with a small log sled or a bandmill.

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