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Forum topic by MissouriOutdoors88 posted 10-05-2014 07:14 PM 689 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MissouriOutdoors88

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10-05-2014 07:14 PM

Anyone know of the quickest and most efficient way to peel cedar logs? Gotta be a better way than how I’m doing it right now (with a knife)!

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.


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#1 posted 10-05-2014 07:27 PM

I use a draw knife, it’s easy but I only do one log once in awhile.

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#2 posted 10-05-2014 07:30 PM

Do you do it when they’re freshly green after your cut them or is it easier if you wait a while?

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#3 posted 10-05-2014 08:01 PM

Definitely when green. Matter of fact my daughter filmed me while debarking a maple log. The bulk of it came off pretty quickly but here I am down to the ends and working around limbs.

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#4 posted 10-05-2014 09:51 PM

Thanks! I need to pick up a good draw knife. Doghouse have any experience dealing with checking? I get snall longitudinal cracking and wondering what kind of filler I can use that won’t look too obvious.

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#5 posted 10-05-2014 10:00 PM

I don’t try to dry them in the round anymore, was never able to prevent checking so now I either split or resaw them to remove the pith.

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#6 posted 10-05-2014 11:27 PM

Cedar doesn’t have much bark to peel. The bark usually sheds itself after the first year. What are your plans?

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#7 posted 10-06-2014 12:05 AM

I’m wanting to start with some rustic log end and coffee tables. Remember that I am new to all this so bear with me. I have been shaving a few cedar logs today and the dark outer bark comes off rather easily. However, that white under layer is the issue. It takes a long time to skim all that off. Maybe I am doing this at the wrong time of the year?

Also, when you say “resaw,” what exactly is that referring to? After the initial milling?

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#8 posted 10-06-2014 12:29 AM

I’ve done a bunch of Eastern Red Cedar, and if they’re cut and peeled in the Spring-Summer, the bark will come off in strips from one end to the other. I help it along by prying under the bark with a dull wide chisel or a dull sheath knife. The bit of stringy stuff that’s left can be removed with a rotary wire brush.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#9 posted 10-06-2014 12:32 AM

Yea right now there’s a bunch of that stringy stuff left behind and its quite thick in places. I’m guessing it has something to do with the impending cooler air. What area of the country are you in?

-- I'm an aspiring woodworker with a degree in Biology.

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#10 posted 10-08-2014 02:30 AM

PA

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