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Forum topic by drdavis posted 10-18-2016 06:16 PM 304 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-18-2016 06:16 PM

Hi,
I am trying to figure out which way is the best to slice logs into discs. I want a flat surface when done so I can transfer photos to the wood. Im debating whether a chainsaw and sanding, or a bandsaw and sanding would work and which would work better. I have some 8-12 inch pieces and some 20 inch pieces. I would need to purchase a bandsaw so any suggestions on which one to get?

Thanks!


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#1 posted 10-18-2016 06:22 PM

Chainsaw and a router sled might be most cost efficient. A 20” log will require a pretty large bandsaw.

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#2 posted 10-18-2016 07:01 PM

how about a small log mill and use it to slice instead of slab.

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#3 posted 10-18-2016 07:02 PM

but if you are doing this in serious bulk you may want to look at a horizontal band saw

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#4 posted 10-18-2016 07:06 PM

When you get above about 10” diameter logs you start needing a pretty big ($$$) bandsaw. Plus slicing a round log on a band saw without some sort of jig which will reduce the diameter you can cut even further can be dangerous because with blade pulling down, the log tends to want to roll downward as you saw. That is a recipe for disaster.

Your best bet is to slice it with a chainsaw. To get a smooth surface afterwards a router sled as ShaneA suggested might be a good option. Another idea to get a smooth surface is to use an angle grinder with a flap sanding disk to get it relatively smooth and then finish with random orbital sander.

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#5 posted 10-18-2016 08:12 PM

If you have large enough bandsaw and feel like making a log slicing jig/table that is the obvious choice but the chainsaw and sanding would be cheaper if you are starting from scratch. The chainsaw will require far more prep than the bandsaw approach though.

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#6 posted 10-18-2016 09:23 PM

This guy will give you an idea.

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#7 posted 11-06-2016 07:55 AM

I use an 18” electric Stihl chainsaw in my shop for this. They are lighter/easier to control and often have a smaller kerf chain. Another benefit is they run clean, no exhaust.

I call them cookies as opposed to slabs due to their shape. I recently cut several 2 1/2” cookies from a 36” log and after flattening and sanding each one was 2” thick.

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#8 posted 11-07-2016 12:13 AM

Two choices.
1, buy a disc saw,
2, do it the Roy Underhill way.

-- If the tool was invented after the Depression, I don't need it.

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