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Forum topic by JSilverman posted 10-04-2011 07:39 PM 980 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-04-2011 07:39 PM

A friend of mine has some small redwood logs that she would like me to help her turn into endtables by removing the bark and smoothing the sides and flattening the tops… I assume I can plane the tops and sand the sides… but I have never removed bark from a log without just cutting it off. Can anyone either suggest how to do it or point me to a resource on this?


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#1 posted 10-04-2011 07:51 PM

A Drawknife is the only way I know.

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#2 posted 10-04-2011 09:02 PM

it really depends on the kind of tree and whether its green or dry. I’ve done it with a screw driver, a sharpened leaf spring off an old truck if its green. As Stevie suggested a draw knife will work. A wide chisel. They are make a deparker for a chainsaw tip. I’ve never used one, and not sure what the log looks like after. Baileys debarker . You can find these on ebay as well.

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#3 posted 10-04-2011 10:05 PM

If you are in no hurry, let them overwinter outside. Then you can peel it with your fingers.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#4 posted 10-05-2011 01:02 AM

Use a hatchet, ideally a side axe (bevel on only one side) to get most of the bark mass off, drawknife to clean it up. I would recommend a well-sharpened drawknife over sanding the sides if you are looking for a rustic log finish.

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#5 posted 10-05-2011 01:07 AM

my Sensei uses a pressure washer to strip bark off of cedar

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