LumberJocks

Slabbing a 5 foot across historical Oak Log

  • Advertise with us

« back to Wood & Lumber forum

Forum topic by LumberAlly posted 01-19-2016 06:45 PM 828 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View LumberAlly's profile

LumberAlly

6 posts in 322 days


01-19-2016 06:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: milling wood

So I’m running out of ideas on how to slab a huge log at this point. We have a 5.5 ft across log that is 8 ft long that we want to slab out into some boards / filtches. I was considering a pit saw until I couldn’t locate one.

Anybody want to take a shot at how they might slab this wonderful ancient oak (350-400 year old documented historic tree hit by lightening 8 years ago)

All my best-
Ally.


12 replies so far

View HerbC's profile

HerbC

1592 posts in 2322 days


#1 posted 01-19-2016 07:14 PM

Hire someone who has a dedicate slabber, such as a Peterson.

How sure are you that the log is still sound enough to bother with?

Good Luck!

Be Careful!

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

View LumberAlly's profile

LumberAlly

6 posts in 322 days


#2 posted 01-19-2016 07:22 PM

Hi HerbC,

Thanks for the reply. The log is actually totally solid at this point and the grains are spectacular.

View AZWoody's profile

AZWoody

693 posts in 687 days


#3 posted 01-19-2016 07:33 PM

If you’re not totally set on large slabs, quartering it would be much easier and you’ll find more people able to handle something that large. Rough quartering it can be done with a 36” chainsaw and then someone with a portable sawmill could handle it much easier.

Also, quartersawn lumber from that would be much higher quality than pure slabs in my opinion.

View nicksmurf111's profile

nicksmurf111

361 posts in 914 days


#4 posted 01-29-2016 05:08 AM

I’d quarter it, put the quarters on a trailer and drop it off at a mill. I wouldn’t mess with a portable sawmill unless you can find someone with a good reputation and reasonable pricing. If you know the right people you may be able to find a 80cc or larger chainsaw to use. I tried working on giant maple tree trunk with a consumer grade 42 cc saw a few years ago and failed miserably. I recently picked up a 58cc saw that still wouldn’t even come close to touching that size log. I threw in the towel, it was on craigslist for free, and I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the first to pass it up. But it was completely too large to move without a lot of trimming first.

-- Nicholas

View nicksmurf111's profile

nicksmurf111

361 posts in 914 days


#5 posted 01-29-2016 05:12 AM

Also, where are you located? You should be able to find a large handsaw for a lot cheaper than the 36” bar chainsaw. I think most saws would be bucking saws though. Anything you get would probably need considerable sharpening work.

-- Nicholas

View SirIrb's profile

SirIrb

1239 posts in 694 days


#6 posted 01-29-2016 11:17 AM

I left mine to the dozer. Pushed it into the woods or burned it on the spot. I cant remember. But I would like to see pics.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

View tomsteve's profile

tomsteve

394 posts in 682 days


#7 posted 01-29-2016 11:56 AM

go over to the forestry forum and arboristsite and see if theres anyonethere near ya with a large enough chainsaw mill.
after they are slabbed be prepared to move extremely heavy slabs. even 4/4 that size will be a few hundred pounds

until then, get the ends of that log sealed ASAP.

View LumberAlly's profile

LumberAlly

6 posts in 322 days


#8 posted 02-01-2016 01:40 PM

So far we are doing fairly well with this. I ended up purchasing a 8 ft saw and after several hours of work we were able to get a crosscut round out of the tree. I’m ending up in India getting a set of long pit saw blades. They were fairly reasonably priced and the blades are being shipped currently to several of their customers in Africa. This is a bit of a remote area of Pennsylvania so finding a miller was priced out of the budget. So thus we go back to manual labor!

View LumberAlly's profile

LumberAlly

6 posts in 322 days


#9 posted 02-01-2016 01:48 PM

WE also took some barnwood and a few posts and made a sled to start moving the pieces that we cut. So far it’s pretty intense on moving some of them. However a serious logging cant has helped and two helpers. I have to say that this has been one very intense project but I’m looking forward to getting the tree milled into some nice planks come next month when we aren’t working in 13 degrees F.


I d quarter it, put the quarters on a trailer and drop it off at a mill. I wouldn t mess with a portable sawmill unless you can find someone with a good reputation and reasonable pricing. If you know the right people you may be able to find a 80cc or larger chainsaw to use. I tried working on giant maple tree trunk with a consumer grade 42 cc saw a few years ago and failed miserably. I recently picked up a 58cc saw that still wouldn t even come close to touching that size log. I threw in the towel, it was on craigslist for free, and I m pretty sure I wasn t the first to pass it up. But it was completely too large to move without a lot of trimming first.

- nicksmurf111

We were using a 36” bar and by alternating the bar as it was bent a little we were able to get a pretty good straight through cross cut. The thing weighs a ton though to hold up in a good position for cutting and the torque is extreme. The 8’ filling saw that we were able to use does take forever. A full cut with two people is about 3 hrs but it came out nice and clean. We couldn’t find a bucking saw blade as that would have been perfect.

View LiveEdge's profile

LiveEdge

486 posts in 1083 days


#10 posted 02-01-2016 05:02 PM

Pictures, darnit! I want to see that slab! What are you going to do with it?

View LumberAlly's profile

LumberAlly

6 posts in 322 days


#11 posted 02-01-2016 05:18 PM

So this is a video of the felling of the tree initially. That might give you some ideas as to size on it. Slab coming up as well.

https://www.facebook.com/woolbertswoodworks/photos/a.436624626535484.1073741829.396644263866854/436624633202150/?type=3

View LumberAlly's profile

LumberAlly

6 posts in 322 days


#12 posted 02-01-2016 05:27 PM

Okay, let me try that again as the link was just a pix. This is the video link:

https://www.facebook.com/woolbertswoodworks/videos/445302745667672/

Here are a few shots of the various angles on the tree as we’ve been cutting / slabbing and parsing this beastie for the past month.

https://www.facebook.com/woolbertswoodworks/posts/445302285667718

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com