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Forum topic by Micah Muzny posted 09-10-2013 04:50 PM 914 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Micah Muzny

185 posts in 1970 days

09-10-2013 04:50 PM

I have some cedar logs, I will cut them with a chainsaw into small planks. Which tool would I use to get the planks flat all the way across from being rough cut with the chainsaw? I was wondering if a planer would shave any high spots off or would that not work if it isn’t already flat? Which tool do you think would work best?

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#1 posted 09-10-2013 04:55 PM

Hand tool would be a scrub plane or fore plane.

Power tool would be a Jointer followed by a planer.

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#2 posted 09-10-2013 05:02 PM

Define ” small”. Can you cut them in a large bandsaw ? That’s your best bet.

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Micah Muzny

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#3 posted 09-10-2013 05:06 PM

I would say the max width would be 2ft at the most if even that. That would be on a really rare occasion probably. Length may vary.

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Micah Muzny

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#4 posted 09-10-2013 05:07 PM

Mostly would be for picture frames and other small items. Possibly to make a bench out of or something

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#5 posted 09-10-2013 09:42 PM

I know everything is bigger in Texas, but a 2 ft wide cedar board would be huge by Tennessee standards. Don’t think I ever saw a cedar that large here. Most of them are fence post size.
How many logs you have?
Did they come from a yard?
Can you haul them to someone with a mill?
Or, get someone with a portable mill to come to you?
Go to the Wood Mizer website and they will tell you who has a mill near you.
With an Alaska Sawmill setup with a large chainsaw (30” to 36”) you could cut logs that size but the process is slow and you loose one board out of every four you cut to saw dust and chips. A band saw is much more efficient.

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#6 posted 09-10-2013 09:49 PM

2 ft is pretty big in my standards as well – for a board width.

the tools for the job would be a jointer to get 1 face flat, followed by a planer/thicknesser to get the other face flat and parallel to the first face.

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#7 posted 09-11-2013 10:29 AM

I would find a sawmill to cut them. I think of all the waste with the width of the chain.

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