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Forum topic by rolandstronghammer posted 03-24-2016 06:15 PM 492 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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rolandstronghammer

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03-24-2016 06:15 PM

Afternoon,

I picked up a bunch of cherry wood logs thats been split into quarters. I’d like to use the bandsaw to turn them into 4×4 x 12 lumber for making spoons from. Would anyone be able to recommend a process to do this?

Thank you,

Roland


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eflanders

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#1 posted 03-24-2016 07:19 PM

You can make or purchase a sled to hold the quartered logs as they are fed into your bandsaw. Just search this site and others for bandsaw sled ideas/plans. A sled is usually needed to safely hold the log consistently in the proper position for cutting. Is the wood green or dry? The answer to this helps to determine the best blade to use. In my experience, the wider the blade the better the rough cut. If you contact a quality bandsww blade maker directly, (like Timberwolf), they will be happy to advise you on the best blade style for your saw.

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rolandstronghammer

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#2 posted 03-24-2016 07:54 PM

Its freshly cut. I’ve got a nice 3tpi 3/4” blade for my bandsaw that should make short work.

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eflanders

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#3 posted 03-24-2016 08:12 PM

If I may suggest: Seal the ends of the cut logs with shellac until you ready to cut into boards. This will help prevent the logs from splitting/checking too much as it dries. Once you cut into boards, be sure to stack and sticker them properly to minimize warpage.

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MrUnix

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#4 posted 03-24-2016 08:16 PM

Those are pretty large hunks of wood… the table (trunnions) on your bandsaw may not be able to handle the weight, so make sure to use adequate in-feed and out-feed support to reduce the possibility of damage.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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rolandstronghammer

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#5 posted 03-24-2016 09:11 PM

I think what I’m going to do is rough cut them with a chainsaw and then cut them into blanks on the bandsaw. So I’ll make rough 3×9x12s and then cut those into pieces on the bandsaw.

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MrUnix

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#6 posted 03-24-2016 09:17 PM

LOL – I was thinking the “12” was feet, not inches :)

Rough cutting with the chain saw and then sizing on the band saw should work just fine… I do the exact same thing all the time, but mostly for veneers and bowl blanks.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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