|Forum topic by illusionfieldsfarm||posted 04-17-2014 04:15 PM||485 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
04-17-2014 04:15 PM
My son and I have been trying to figure out how to make shakes for the roof of our upcoming house project. We have a froe but no brake yet but that’s coming. We have some downed trees that we’re just getting to cutting up and decided to try our hand with this on a cherry tree. This tree has been down (pushed down with root ball intact) for about a year and a half but not cut. We cut some sections about 18 inches long and started working on them with the process shown here . Let me tell you, they make it look much easier on youtube.
Our first problem is thickness. I don’t have the thicknesses we tried handy as we burned the pieces. It seemed if we didn’t start the piece thick enough it tended to break as we worked down. It actually seemed like the fibers were breaking and the piece would taper down to nothing. I suspect the pieces that would break were about 1/4” to 3/8”. We did get some that split fine but they were somewhere around 1/2” or more. What would normally be a good thickness to expect or is that dependent too much on the wood?
They seemed harder to split than I would have thought. The surfaces weren’t very smooth at all. The grain wasn’t wavy but they didn’t sever in what I would call a clean plane at all. How smooth should we be expecting?
I feel the wood was wetter than it should have been. It wasn’t dripping or anything but it definitely wasn’t what I’d call ‘seasoned’ dry. How much does this matter? Can we just use green cut logs for this or should we season the wood first?
I think that’s all our questions for now but I’m sure we’ll end up with more.