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dandrum

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07-20-2017 02:51 PM

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Hi,
Bit of a noob here – I want to make place mats about 2” deep from logs 12”-18” wide. I’ve been using a 16” japanese backsaw but it’s murder on the arms and takes an age to get through just one. Also very difficult to saw perfectly straight the whole way through. However since the teeth are so small the finish is good for minimal sanding. I’d like to speed the process up if possible. What do you think would be the best tool selection, hand and/or power, to get straight slices of log cross sections?
Thanks in advance


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johnstoneb

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#1 posted 07-20-2017 03:13 PM

chainsaw.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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dday

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#2 posted 07-20-2017 04:09 PM

+1 on the chainsaw.. with a jig clamped on the bar to give you the straightness and the desired thickness

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Loren

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#3 posted 07-20-2017 09:01 PM

My mom asked me to make her some of
those for a one-time dinner she was having.

I didn’t think much of it until later when
I was thinking about actually making the
cuts and asked her “what size?” and
she held up her hands to 16” and said
“as large as possible”.

I thought about it a bit and then never
did it for her. It’s the sort of job I consider
a huge PITA.

I would have approached it with a chainsaw
by flattening one end and then marking a
cut line all around, cutting to about 4”
deep on the line all around and then using
the established kerf to deepen the cut
gradually all around. Chainsaws have
a tendency to curve in the cut if you
cut straight through. While this tendency
may be due to wear on the bar or chain,
I would not take chances by assuming
any chainsaw would make a straight cut
by going straight through from one side
to the other.

After the first disc was cut, I would flatten
the end again if needed and repeat.

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Peteybadboy

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#4 posted 07-20-2017 09:11 PM

Large band saw, but use a jig to hold the log. Do no free hand it. The blade will catch.

-- Petey

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runswithscissors

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#5 posted 07-21-2017 04:44 AM

Not clear to me whether you are cutting slabs or rounds.

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dandrum

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#6 posted 07-31-2017 11:07 AM

Many thanks! I’m going to try a 3-foot 1-man crosscut saw and diy a frame to keep the blade straight.

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Gilley23

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#7 posted 07-31-2017 02:56 PM

Take some pictures and post them up, love to see what you come up with.


Many thanks! I m going to try a 3-foot 1-man crosscut saw and diy a frame to keep the blade straight.

- dandrum


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