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Forum topic by Clarence posted 05-24-2010 11:38 PM 1672 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-24-2010 11:38 PM

I’m a guy who refuses to throw away a 2×4 cut-off that’s more than 6” long; I have some hardwood scraps that are almost as old as I am. So imagine how I’m feeling right now:

Last week we had to take down a southern yellow pine on my wife’s rural property. It was 40 inches at the butt. I now have two sections, one 16 feet and one 12, that have been pushed over to the edge of the woods to rot—probably four or five tons of potential lumber. It’s too big (for me) to trailer to a mill, and it’s too big to chainsaw mill. I don’t think even a big portable Woodmizer mill could handle it. (Sigh.)

-- Getting old is a good thing, but being old kinda stinks.

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#1 posted 05-25-2010 03:03 AM

A long chain saw could cut it in half.

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#2 posted 05-25-2010 06:16 PM

40” ain’t nothin’. Anyone out there serious enough to go after wood of that size will have a saw that they can use on a guide and cut those logs right down to size. A friend and I used his saw, with a 40” depth of cut, to quarter a 60” maple so we could get it pulled into the trailer. We sliced up a cherry tree in a guys back yard right down to size. If someone wants it, they’ll get it. Maybe they will get you a slice or three too.

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#3 posted 05-25-2010 10:51 PM

You could cut it into shorter lengths and rive it. You’d be surprised what you can do with a few wedges and a 12# maul. Could even use a few of those 8” 2×4s to make a few wedges to help it along once it is started ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 05-25-2010 11:47 PM

Thanks, fellas.

Topomax, I had already begun thinking about wedges and sledges to quarter these logs, and that will probably be the approach I take. Part of my problem is that these logs are 65 miles from where Ilive.

I have a new Stihl 70 cm. saw, but it has a 20” bar that fits my Alaskan. Other than this current project, I’m not sure I will ever need a longer bar. When I retire by the end of the year I intend to get a Woodmizer mill and do some serious plank-making.

-- Getting old is a good thing, but being old kinda stinks.

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#5 posted 05-26-2010 02:25 PM

Wedge and sledge! That will work. Remember, that’s how Abe Lincoln got his start. I can see it now- Clarence for President. Of course the LJ party would be a splinter group.

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#6 posted 05-26-2010 06:18 PM


President, huh? I’ll have to give that some thought. Coming up with the planks for my platform will be no problem. I could give lots of stump speeches. My campaign slogan would have to be something like “The sap is running”. If elected, putting together my cabinet should be lots of fun. Wonder who I should choose as my vise president?

-- Getting old is a good thing, but being old kinda stinks.

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