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07-24-2010 02:11 PM

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I’m a rookie woodworker and I want to be able to cut a small diamiter ( up to 6 inch) log down the middle. My table saw only allows me to cut up to 3.5 inches. What type of saw would work best?

Thanks, Jim

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#1 posted 07-24-2010 02:13 PM

cut one side, flip it, cut the other side

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#2 posted 07-24-2010 02:20 PM

I would use a band saw. Cutting a round object like a log on a table saw would be awkward and unsafe.

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#3 posted 07-24-2010 02:27 PM

I also would prefer to use a bandsaw. I think I would screw the small log to a piece of plywood so it would not roll.

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#4 posted 07-24-2010 02:45 PM

Without question, a bandsaw is the best option.

However, if you do not have a bandsaw, you could cut it on a table saw by cutting one side and flipping. I would recommend building a jig/sled to secure the log and I would recommend that you not try to cut 3+ inches in a single pass. Cut an inch or so and then raise the blade higher and cut some more. Don’t take more than an 1.5 inches in a single pass.

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#5 posted 07-24-2010 03:05 PM

Unless you have made the log in a rectangular or square shape, don’t cut it on the table saw. You need the fence likewise the flat surface of the table.

The first question that you should have raised… how to create a flat surface on a log….
USE A ROUTER set up as a planing devise.

IF YOU MANAGE TO FLATTEN ONE SIDE, then you can cut the mid section as you have raised.
CAREFUL ON THIS … it easily kick.

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#6 posted 07-24-2010 03:14 PM

Just screw attach a 6” wide board to the log to ride against your table saw fence (making sure screws dont hit sawblade). Then start out with blade 1” high and raise in 1” increments per pass till piece is ripped.

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#7 posted 07-24-2010 06:51 PM

Thanks guys!

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#8 posted 07-25-2010 12:23 PM

I have to agree with Rich. Cutting a log or even a regular board on a ts can be dangeropus if you aren’t careful. But not a log there are jigs that you can build for the BS. Which I’m getting ready to build so I can do that same thing. Since I got the 17” BS the other day.

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#9 posted 07-25-2010 04:50 PM

Something like this might work, but I’d do it on a BS if I had a choice.

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#10 posted 07-27-2010 10:26 PM

Greetings. I’ve recently had to cut a log using the tools I had on hand.
I have a home made table saw. I took the log and removed as of the bark I could to smooth the log somewhat. Looking at the log I chose the a relatively smooth side with an opposite side to match and I screwed a small board to one of the smooth sides to guide the log along the fence. I could only cut about a third of the way through so I flipped the log over and made another cut on the opposite side and then cut the center using a hand saw.
Once the log was cut in half it was easy to cut out a few boards as the log has a flat edge to go by.

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