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04-20-2010 06:08 PM

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I came accross two 6”by6” by 8foot oak posts, used for dunnage for concrete peices,Im sure ill have to let them air dry for a bit, due to it having moisture. but my question is resawing it, i do not own a bandsaw, or jointer, my table saw is 1 and 3/4 horsepower , any suggestions on the resaw, basically getting it cut down into 2inch thickness give or take and keeping the width of the board minus off squaring….. any suggestions or advice is appreciated

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#1 posted 04-20-2010 06:18 PM

Farm it out. There will be less waste and quality rips that you can work with. It takes some real HP. to get through an oak 6x.

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#2 posted 04-20-2010 06:33 PM

I don’t really recommend this, but I offer it as something to think about. Landscapers use very large circular saws to cut railroad ties and similar things. I’m quite sure they cut at least 6” deep. You may be able to rent one.

I think it would still be a challenge to cut this wood with such a saw.

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#3 posted 04-20-2010 06:50 PM

yeah all sawyers like to saw dunnage with rocks and crap imbedded in it.
Beam saws are usually for cross cutting and not ripping but whatever.
Maybe you could buy some oak 8/4 s1s1e red oak is pretty cheap in some places.

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#4 posted 04-20-2010 08:21 PM

mics has a good point, many sawyers might look askance at this request for fear of what their blade might hit while cutting it. Oak splits really well, you might think about using a wedge, froe, and hammer to split out your lengths. If you don’t need 8 foot lengths, I would cross cut is to shorter sections then split it. Don’t forget a hand saw can resaw too, it is just a lot of hard work and I would not want to resaw an 8 foot board.

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#5 posted 04-20-2010 09:00 PM

Before there were power saws boards were cut from logs by hand – often with a 2-man saw.

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#6 posted 04-27-2010 09:40 PM

Timbers cut for dunnage are often the boxed hearts of the log. You have the pith at the center of the timber. You may see cracks radiating from the center and showing up on all faces. If this is the case, you should save yourself all the exercise. Also watch out for concrete dust embedded in the outer surfaces and in the checks. Your tools will thank you.

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