|Forum topic by MikeyCZ||posted 08-25-2015 01:55 PM||1738 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
08-25-2015 01:55 PM
A buddy of mine found a very large stump that washed down the river with all of the heavy rains Texas had a few months back and asked me to take a look to see if there was anything we could do with it. It’s about the size of a truck (see pics) and took us almost 4 hrs to drag out of the now dry river bed. It sounds solid when you bang on it and doesn’t appear to be rotten. We drug it 100 ft or so out of the river bed, rehooking about 30 times to different parts of the tree to drag it through the trees and nothing snapped or broke off. I don’t have any experience working with Burled wood but I like to take every opportunity to learn a new skill and this looks like an awesome piece to start with. We like to at least try to do everything ourselves rather than bring it to somebody that knows what to do with it (I know, that would make too much sense but we learn through experience). My questions are:
1. Whats the best way to cut this up? Even cutting from both sides my little chainsaw wouldn’t come close to reaching the center. I can rent a large chainsaw and I have another buddy that owns a sawmill.
2. Do I try to cut the larger burls off first?
3. Plain saw? Quarter saw? Does the type of cut matter that much with burl?
4. Instead of taking it to the mill, can I just cut slabs perpendicular to the line of the trunk and make jig to flatten the slabs with a router?
Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time.